11/14/2018- The M&M Area survives the first round of cuts for a reality show aimed at revitalizing small town Main Street districts. Marinette and Menominee were jointly nominated for Season 4 of Small Business Revolution to receive $500000 and professional consultation and assistance in revamping the cities’ downtowns. Of the nearly 12000 nominations, Marinette and Menominee have made the list of Top 20 Towns being considered for selection. Marinette and Menominee are the only cities on the Top 20 to be considered jointly. Menominee City Manager Tony Graff says it’s only fitting for an area that has long viewed itself as one united community.
During this Top 20 phase, local leaders will receive a questionnaire and will be reaching out to community members and small businesses to solicit support for the project and will also conduct a phone interview with the show’s parent company, Deluxe. The Top 20 list will be narrowed down to just 10 in mid-December and show executives will make personal visits to each of these locations in January.