MTEC SmartZone Wins Statewide Marketing Award: Houghton’s MTEC SmartZone garnered two first-place awards in a recent marketing competition with other statewide economic development organizations. During the 7th annual Michigan Economic Developers Association Marketing Materials Competition, held at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, MTEC SmartZone received awards in the categories of “print marketing materials” and “E-Newsletters.” Submissions were evaluated based on creativity, graphic design and content, and categorized by the population of the community represented by the economic development organizations. Judges’ comments for MTEC SmartZone’s printed materials included, “Nice leave-behind piece.” The E-Newsletters submission was commended for “good format” and being “well written.” Upper Peninsula Marketing Department Inc., the region’s largest full-service strategic marketing agency, works closely with MTEC SmartZone on brand development and marketing strategies in a partnership that spans over five years. Based in Houghton, Marketing Department Inc, serves a vast array of clients, from hospitals and technology companies to universities and local restaurants. The in-house team includes strategists, graphic and web designers, project managers and writers who work collaboratively to provide clients with clear and unique advertising solutions in their respective markets. For more information about MTEC SmartZone, visit For more information about Upper Peninsula Marketing Department Inc., visit