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Explosive Growth Leads to Headquarters Building Campaign
Mackinac Center to Build $2.4 Million Headquarters
Mackinac Center Building Campaign Tops $2 Million

MIDLAND —The 17-person staff of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has moved from its Ashman Street offices and into its new $2.4 million headquarters building at the corner of Main and Gordon streets.

Renovation began last May on the 17,000-square-foot headquarters that once housed a Woolworth’s department store. The facility now provides space for the Center’s researchers, a public policy and economics library, a media distribution center, and the Norval K. Morey Conference Room which will be used for educational programs attended by students, teachers, policy makers, and the public. The late Norval K. Morey of Winn, Michigan, gave the Mackinac Center its first $1 million grant.

"It’s a big building, but the Mackinac Center’s growth is filling it quickly," said Joseph Lehman, director of communications. "Two new education policy analysts and a policy writer will join our staff next month," he said.

Public tours of the new building will be held at 4:00 PM on the last Tuesday of every month beginning in January. A combination ten-year anniversary celebration and open house will be held on June 4, 1998. Call 631-0900 for details.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a Midland-based nonprofit educational and research institute that focuses on state and local policy issues.