The OneUP Collaborative
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The U.P. may mean something different to each of us, but we all share one thing in common: we call it home, although many have experienced economic uncertainty over the past couple of years and are still trying to adjust. We can adjust and conform to the status quo or employ the OneUP collaborative to overcome our challenges.
The OneUP collaborative was founded in 2022 and consists of three industry collectives: manufacturing, healthcare, and hospitality & tourism. Collectives contain industry-specific members of the U.P. business community, which ensures support f rom the experts. To support the industry efforts, there is also an education and training collective that serves as a resource.
UPMW acts as the convening organization for the OneUP collaborative. We assemble the right people and organizations at the right time to brainstorm high-priority topics that are determined by industry professionals. Being proactive and developing a network of different experiences and perspectives ensures that Yoopers can continue doing what we do best: innovate.
Only 3% of Michigan’s population resides in the U.P., so the status quo is not an option. We need to make the best use of our resources by tearing down walls and working together U.P.-wide to ensure that our voice is heard when it matters the most. Through collaboration we will overcome our local economic barriers that can inhibit employment: housing instability, transportation barriers, and childcare shortages. We will strengthen our economic resiliency despite what is happening in the world. The robust OneUP business and community partnership will unite us all in economic strength.