Union in all its forms is good for America

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

The person who spoke those words knew all about the power of unions and realized how much they have contributed to the rise of this nation, a concept so pervasive it is part of the country’s name.

Labor Day is a holiday to celebrate unity in all its forms and meanings, whether it’s an homage of the labor union movement or an appreciation of a business union located in the Keweenaw Peninsula that fosters economic development and community revitalization in the local region.

The Copper Country region is fortunate to have the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), a group of municipal and business organizations working together toward a unified goal of promoting the regional economy.

KEDA does this in a number of ways. There are the nuts-and-bolts activities, such as financing startups, securing business assistance and planning infrastructure projects, as well as long-range projects such as business retention and attraction by marketing our region as a business-friendly area.

There are the quick responses to community needs that pop up occasionally, with KEDA working to match those needs to available resources, such as in the case of the need for funding to get high school robotics teams to competitions and promoting CTE training.

KEDA has taken an active role in working to identify a permanent solution in the movement of stamp sands down the shoreline at Gay and in the harbor at the mouth of the Big Traverse River to protect the region’s vital Keweenaw Bay fishery.

The alliance — another word for union — is also working with the MTEC SmartZone on an ongoing basis to foster business growth to a new level with its accelerator concept to assist local startups and small businesses.

Every piece that adds up to the sum of the Copper Country economy is dependent on each other for prosperity, and KEDA works, often behind the scenes, to improve the regional economy’s ability to move goods and people, communicate or access energy resources on regional infrastructure systems.

The bottom line for KEDA is addressing community needs to make all boats rise with a growing economy.

KEDA’s mission is all about helping Copper Country businesses in “coming together…keeping together…(and) working together.”

Just as Henry Ford, who knew a thing or two about economic development in the Copper Country, said a century ago.

A Daily Mining Gazette editorial

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