In Your Community Q&A: Marcus Peccia, Cadillac City Manager

Cadillac, Michigan is a city of 10,000 people located in the northern portion of Michigan’s lower peninsula, about 100 miles north of Grand Rapids. Consumers Energy provides electricity to the city. Our thanks to Marcus Peccia for taking a few minutes to answer some questions about his community and his role as city manager.

You’re relatively new to the position of Cadillac’s City Manager.  What attracted you to this area and influenced your decision to move here?  

The opportunity for professional growth (moving from assistant city manager to manager), and personal quality of life opportunities for my young family were the primary reasons that influenced my decision to move to Cadillac.  The natural amenities, and distance from our family and friends (less than a 5-hour drive) were also important factors.

What are the major challenges facing Cadillac in the next 12 months? 

Continuing to find resources to fund capital projects to remain sustainable in our economy, and developing new excitement and interest in our community to retain and attract business, tourists, and new residents.

What are the three keys to keeping and attracting new businesses to Cadillac?

For Cadillac, key components of retaining and attracting business include providing excellent public service affordably, providing tax incentives and supporting industry, and communicating; ensuring that businesses and the City alike have channels of communicating open to one another.

What is the City doing to encourage energy conservation and efficiency? 

For the first time, the City is exploring a grant opportunity with the NWMCOG for developing an energy-efficient buildings program.  The City Council will also be considering adding some form of “green statement” into their mission/vision statements.

If someone had a day to visit Cadillac, what would you tell them to do? 

I would tell them to start off by having breakfast at one of our downtown eateries, possibly the Blue Heron or Shay Station.  I would then suggest that they go for a walk down Mitchell (our “main” street), to see what some of the City’s unique shops have to offer.  I would then mention that they should peel off of our main street, and take a walk by our City Park, where they can see an original Shay Locomotive, and take in the sites of our lake and possibly a concert at the Pavilion.  I would lastly advise that there is a wonderful European eatery, Hermann’s, where they might wish to dine later at for dinner, as well as a boutique hotel above where they may stay for another night, since for the following day, I would suggest that they experience one of our many trails, or possibly rent a boat to enjoy a day on the lake.

For more tips on things to do in Cadillac, visit the Cadillac Chamber of Commerce or the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau.