This project, headed by Julia Hoard, is a worthwhile economic development effort to obtain one of the empty buildings at the old asylum and convert it into a hotel with an emphasis on workforce training. This new hotel would be tied to the local hospitals so that it would provide rooms for individuals and their families who are on call waiting for procedures to be performed. The most powerful aspect of this project is their goal to help promote economic empowerment for the unemployed. The hotel administration and staff will be providing training to the unemployed and underemployed residents in northern Michigan with the goal of helping these groups find employment with other local hospitality opportunities.
Opportunity Resource Fund is happy to support this business by providing the capital for all pre-development costs associated with the project.