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Kathy Achtenberg, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Lyle VanderSchaaf
(906) 869-4371

Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for the 'Marquette Singletrack: Yellow Trail, Phase 2'

$7,500 goal to win matching grant through MEDC Public Spaces Community Places initiative


Marquette, Mich. – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the Noquemanon Trails Network today announced a new crowdfunding campaign through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity. The campaign will support the project to help the Noquemanon Trails Network complete the construction of a long-awaited trail.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $7,500 by July 2nd, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit: Yellow Trail

“Public Spaces Community Places is a great resource to help communities leverage their unique strengths into awesome spaces for the public to enjoy,” said MEDC Community Development Director Katharine Czarnecki. “We are excited to partner in this project and help enhance Michigan’s beautiful trail network.”

Marquette Singletrack: Yellow Trail, Phase 2 is part of the Yellow Loop, aka Carp River Loop, one of the four main loops making up the Marquette South Trails singletrack network. The finished loop will be 10-15 miles of intermediate to advanced trail showcasing the spectacular terrain of the Carp River Valley and Marquette Mountain. Approximately 4 miles of the loop have been completed and are already in regular use by hikers and mountain bikers. The goal for 2017 is to complete Phase 2 of the project--2 to 3 miles of new singletrack near Marquette Mountain that will be immediately accessible with connections off existing 2-track. The new trail will traverse rugged terrain providing a challenging trail experience and provide access to a rocky summit with great vistas of Marquette, Lake Superior and the surrounding wilderness.

“Hiker and bikers from across the country are drawn to the U.P.’s spectacular landscape and beautiful vistas,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League. “By completing the next phase of Yellow Trail, Marquette is giving them even more reason to come and experience their unique community.”

“The Noquemanon Trail Network is excited to receive matching funds for our 2017 trail building project,” NTN board member and Chair, Lyle VanderSchaaf commented, “We’re confident that with support from our community and the MEDC we’ll be able to build another amazing trail for the people of Marquette to enjoy.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity where local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, non-profits and other business entities can apply at

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About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community and talent development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at Visit Pure Michigan Talent Connect at for more information on Michigan’s online marketplace for connecting job seekers and employers. Join the conversation on: FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter.

For additional information, contact Matt Bach, director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League, at and (810) 874-1073.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at





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