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This section outlines a cohesive vision for Marquette County’s next 20 years, using the extensive input we have gathered from experts, residents, stakeholders, and other communities to answer the question:


What do we want Marquette County

to be like in the year 2040?


Nearly 100 strategies have been developed and serve as a blueprint for building a better future for all Marquette County residents by the year 2040. Most strategies have multiple responsible parties, signifying how key collaboration is for our community.


Not one entity, agency, organization, or government will make the community’s vision a reality, but in cooperation, monumental tasks are achieved.


Throughout the planning process and this Plan, four planning regions have been considered, recognizing that although the communities throughout Marquette County have similarities, they also have varying challenges and opportunities. The strategies account for this and identify which planning region(s) the strategy applies to. The key identifies the name, color, and municipalities of each planning region.


There are six main themes that the strategies are categorized by:

  • Economy,

  • Environment,  

  • Health & Human Services,

  • Housing,

  • Recreation, and

  • Transportation


These main themes were derived from the results of the community survey, interviews, and dialogue with local planning commissions. The strategies are further categorized by over 30 sub-themes. A general timeline is also included with the strategies.

A list of responsible parties for each strategy is also included. There are generalized and specific responsible parties and likely many who were not intentionally left off the list. This Plan asks the identified responsible parties to consider how they can achieve, or assist in achieving, these strategies collaboratively with others.


A comprehensive table of strategies is available for viewing, sorting and downloading by selecting a button on this page.


The table can be sorted by planning region, main theme, subtheme, timeline, and/or responsible party.

2040 Vision

Marquette County in 2040 will be a place where its people enjoy natural areas and rural character, feel safe, and celebrate culture. A stable and diverse economy empowers residents to live in thriving communities with a clean environment, good education, valuable job opportunities, and affordable quality housing.
  1. A community resilient to climate change through mitigation, adaptation and coordinated public policy
  2. A stimulated, sustained and diverse regional economy achieved through collaboration, economic growth and prosperity
  3. Marquette County is a regional recreation hub where residents and visitors experience the natural environment and recreational assets without ecological degradation
  4. Land within existing communities has been redeveloped, protecting natural areas and prime farmlands for the benefit of the region.
  5. Access to diverse educational opportunities for all, especially youth
  6. A mix of high quality affordable housing types located in places that adhere to the tenets of smart growth
  7. Marquette County remains someplace special through celebration and promotion of culture and heritage unique to our area
  8. Residents, especially vulnerable populations, feel safe, healthy, happy and secure
  9. Governmental agencies, public and private service providers, and the public work together respectively to coordinate public services and utilities and address challenges faced by the community
  10. Continued expansion of access to affordable assets including clean water, healthy food, medical services, broadband, cellular service, utilities and transportation
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