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U.P. Perspective | LSCP CEO Sarah Lucas named Deputy of the Newly Created Michigan Office of Rural Development

U.P. Perspectives
April 13, 2022 2:00 PM


MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI- Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) CEO Sarah Lucas has recently been appointed to State of Michigan’s newly established Office of Rural Development.

“While we are disappointed to see her leave the LSCP, we are excited for Sarah to join the Office of Rural Development, which the LSCP has been a cheerleader for in supporting its creation,” commented LSCP Chairman of the Board Roxanne Daust. “This state department is extremely important to Upper Michigan, and we are excited to have a friend of the LSCP and the community leading the direction of the new department.”

“I’ve spent my career working with and championing the causes of rural communities and care deeply about the challenges and opportunities they face,” commented LSCP CEO Sarah Lucas. “I’m honored to have this opportunity to use the knowledge and relationships that I’ve built over the years to support rural Michigan through the Office of Rural Development, and I’m excited to continue to work with partners like the LSCP in this new role.”

During her time as the LSCP CEO, Sarah has spearheaded new community initiatives and led the implementation of the organization’s vision and strategy. To ensure continuity and continued momentum on all of the LSCP’s strategic priorities, Lois Ellis, Executive Director of the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (DAEDA), will serve as Interim CEO while the position is being filled, while continuing to serve in her current position. Ellis worked for the LSCP as Vice President for many years before her Dickinson Area role. She works directly with LSCP staff daily as a major regional partner in economic development.

“With such an experienced team currently staffed at the LSCP, I am confident it will be a smooth transition until the new CEO is hired,” said DAEDA Executive Director Lois Ellis. “The community can continue to expect our team to continue to meet the economic development needs of the county.”

Lucas’ last day with the LSCP will be April 15, 2022. The board of directors are currently seeking a replacement for the position.

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