September 2020
Upcoming Meetings
Alliance Executive Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 29
3:30 p.m.
Via Zoom Meeting
Investor Update
Wednesday, September 30
7:30 a.m.
Via GoToWebinar
Alliance Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, October 19
7:00 a.m.
Via Zoom Meeting
Investor Update Webinar
Wednesday, September 30
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. CT
The Alliance will host an Investor Update on Wednesday, September 30 from 7:30 - 8:30 am CT via webinar. This update is for all Alliance Investors and anyone interested in learning more about the Alliance. Registration is required. This webinar will replace our in-person event that is typically held in the fall.

The webinar session will provide an update on the overall work of the Alliance in 2020, along with reports from each Task Force group.

Questions? Contact Lois Ellis at or 906-360-4653.
Manufacturing Day 2020
Like many events this year, the Heavy Metal Tours annual Manufacturing Day event has adjusted and will be delivered in a new virtual format. Instead of a large gathering of area 9th grade students arriving at Bay College West Campus for an active day of hands-on learning, a recorded message and a quiz game will be shared with local school districts for use at their convenience throughout the month of October. Winners of the quiz game will receive some manufacturing company swag and be shared on social media.
While the format has changed, our message has not. Students will be informed about the types of manufacturing careers available in the area and the educational path that can lead to success in these occupations. High school career and technical education courses give students the opportunity to expand their skills with hands-on experience, while in many cases earning college credits towards a certificate or degree. All of this is available at no cost to students through dual enrollment and early college programs, a collaboration between the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate Schools District and Bay College West.

The Heavy Metal Tours Manufacturing Day planning committee notes that this year’s recorded session has the potential to reach more students than the in-person events held the last two years since there are no capacity constraints.
Area Data Booklet Available

The Dickinson County data booklet is up-to-date with refreshed data and insights for 2019. Click here to review the information. The Alliance has access to a number of data subscriptions. Please contact Lois Ellis if you are looking for information about our market area, wage information or if you are writing a grant and need supporting data to tell your story. We may be able to help!
DAEDA & Chamber host SBDC Marketing webinar on September 23
City of Norway to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Drivers of electric vehicles will have more locations to recharge their vehicle’s batteries as they travel across Michigan through $1.7 million in grants announced by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) for direct current fast chargers (DCFC), which will make it more convenient for drivers to reach their destinations.

Congratulations to the City of Norway for receiving a grant from this program to install one charging station in the city. The funding will be used toward the costs of a DCFC station, site preparation, equipment installation, networking fees and signage.
#KeepUPWorking Campaign Featured Employer – Systems Control
Throughout September we are featuring Systems Control as a hiring employer with many career opportunities on our website and in our social posts. The campaign is designed to raise awareness in the community of our local employers that are not only hiring, but also growing and expanding their operations. Check out our website here and our social posts here. Interested in being a part of the campaign? Please reach out to Lois Ellis.
Legislative News - State Budget Update

Last week the Administration and Republican leaders reached consensus on a framework for the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget. The agreement settled on the general distribution amounts to each budget area and for education funding. Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations committees will now begin to finalize their spending bills for specific programs. In a prepared statement released by State Budget Director Chris Kolb, Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) and Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland), they said the agreement "ensures no reduction in funding to K-12 public schools" and "stipulates no cuts to revenue sharing for local governments."
Credit: Gongwer News Service
Loyal to Local - 117 Participants Strong
The Loyal to Local program has reached 117 participants in its third year which kicked off on July 1. Check out to see a list of participants by category. New this year, a gift card page has been added to allow consumers to see many gift card options in one location – that page can be found at our website here. Please think local for all of your gift giving needs.

Each quarter, participants in the Loyal to Local program are entered into a drawing to receive a $500 advertising certificate from WJMN Local 3 TV and the first winner this program year is Culver’s of Iron Mountain. Congratulations to Culver’s and thank you to WJMN for supporting Loyal to Local!
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