Our thriving community benefits from the contributions our diverse Membership.
We Believe Community is Built Through Partnership, Cooperation and Collaboration.
Merit strives to bring together individuals who have similar needs and interests. This helps to form bonds between organizations that would not otherwise exist and adds significantly to the value Merit offers to Member organizations.
We Act in the Best Interest of Our Members.
Merit prides itself on providing the best solutions for its Members and the Community. We want to ensure that our Members needs are taken care of in order to best help them achieve their strategic missions.
A non-profit serving non-profits, Merit is the preferred choice of education, libraries, government, health care, and other non-profit organizations. We welcome you to join the Merit Community!
Learning and Collaboration Opportunites
Merit’s Eric Aupperle Innovation Award recognizes organizations and individuals that enhance their work by using networking or other technologies in novel ways.
Merit’s Award for Community Building recognizes organizations and individuals that build communities to help enhance networking, technology and collaboration.
The Meritorious Service Award recognizes individuals who have shown long-term dedication to Merit’s mission through their support and involvement.
Geographic Member Communities
Escanaba Community Fiber Project
Located in the Southwest Upper Peninsula, the City of Escanaba collaborated with Bay College, Delta County, Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (ISD), and Escanaba Public Library to connect the organizations via fiber to Merit’s high-speed backbone network.
Hillsdale Community Fiber Project
The partnership in Hillsdale County brought high-speed fiber connectivity to many organizations in the Hillsdale area. The project connected the City of Hillsdale, Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities (BPU), Hillsdale College, and Hillsdale County Intermediate School District.
Northeast Michigan Fiber Consortium
The founding members of this fiber-optic network project were Alpena Community College, Alpena County, Alpena Public Schools, Alpena Regional Medical Center, the City of Alpena, Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health, Northeast Michigan Consortium, and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary/NOAA.