March - April 2020
Upcoming Meetings
Alliance Executive Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 31
3:30 p.m.
Via Conference Call
Alliance Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, April 16
7:15 a.m.
Via Conference Call
The Coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is impacting our daily lives and threatening our businesses, the economy and the health of our communities. The Alliance is sharing business resources via our website to help you navigate the current challenges that our business community is facing.
Information is evolving very quickly and we will continue to monitor sources and share relevant details on our website. Please reach out if you need assistance. We stand ready to help.

Lois Ellis, Executive Director
LOYAL to LOCAL reminder
Please remember to support local businesses during this difficult time. A list of participating Loyal to Local businesses can be found at . Also, several Loyal to Local participants are accepting donations for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Check out the Loyal to Local Facebook or Instagram accounts for details on the locations and hours. Please donate to those in need if you are able.
Brownfield and Land Bank Training Well Attended
On March 10, over 30 attendees gathered to hear presentations about available Brownfield and Land Bank development tools.

The speakers and the topics covered included:
  • Forming a Land Bank from Start up to Success – Anne Giroux, Marquette County Land Bank Authority
  • Brownfield Redevelopment Basics – Jeff Hawkins, Envirologic Consulting Services
  • The State’s Role and Incentives for Brownfields – Jen Tucker/Vicki Schwab/Christopher Germain, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Leveraging Land Bank and Brownfield Tools – Jim Tischler, Michigan State Land Bank Authority

The presentations shared during the session are posted on the Alliance website as a resource for any interested parties. Each presentation contains contact information for the speakers should you want to reach out with any follow up questions. If you are considering a local development project, please contact Lois Ellis who can facilitate access to any potential resources.
Be Counted – Complete Census 2020
Your voice counts! We are reminding residents that filling out the census is quick, easy, and confidential. It helps you and your family maintain access to a variety of resources such as school lunch programs, medical care and educational programs. Count everyone in your household.
Census 2020 is 10 questions, takes less than 10 minutes to complete and lasts for 10 years. Be counted! Information and resources on our website , including a timeline of what to expect.
Bay College Summer Courses – perfect for Intern/Co-op students
If you are employing interns or co-ops this summer, please share this information about the availability and costs savings of taking a course through Bay College. Many courses fully transfer to Michigan universities. Check out the details and resources here.

Please share this information now with any students you are welcoming this summer.
Heavy Metal Tours- 8 th Grade Tours
It is our intention to again offer area 8 th grade students tours of local manufacturing facilities in April and May. We will do our best to accommodate the schools’ schedules once we confirm when they will again be holding classes. These tours provide students with the opportunity to see a manufacturing operation first-hand and to learn about the careers and education paths needed to succeed in today’s manufacturing workplace.

For more information visit .
2019 Alliance Annual Report Available
The Alliance Annual Report was shared at the February meeting for all Investors. If you missed it, you can find an electronic copy here . Printed copies are also available upon request. The report contains a summary of our activity for the year and shows the work of the five task force groups along with the participants on each task force.

Thank you all for your efforts in 2019 as we implemented our economic development program. It was a very productive year full of new collaboration opportunities.

Please contact Lois Ellis if you have any questions about the Annual Report.
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