July 2019
Interns Welcomed at Social
On June 26 the Alliance sponsored an evening social to welcome interns that are working in our community this summer. Luke Carey, Alliance Board Member and Young Professionals of the U.P. participant, hosted the event, at Pine Mountain Resort. Seventeen interns from seven different companies attended and enjoyed pizza, beverages, outdoor games and networking with their peers. The Alliance provided each attendee with a copy of our Experience Dickinson County book to educate the interns on local activities and things to do while living in the area. Thank you to Gina Wollner for her efforts in producing the book for this event and to Luke Carey for helping to host the event!
Hometown News Sent to Area Alumni
A collaborative effort between the Talent & Education and Marketing Task Force groups produced a newsletter to target residents who have left the area. The goal is to entice those with ties to the area, to consider moving back and take advantage of our abundant career opportunities and rewarding lifestyle. The groups worked with Breitung Township and Iron Mountain schools to create a database, which was added to contacts the Alliance gathered at past talent attraction events. The newsletter was sent to 400 individuals on July 1 to get the audience’s attention leading into the Independence Day holiday when many were visiting the area. A second newsletter will be delivered before Thanksgiving. Click here to read the newsletter content.
Area Data Booklet Available
The Dickinson County data booklet is up-to-date with refreshed data and insights for 2018. 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!
New Event! Pine Mountain 500
The Iron Mountain-Kingsford Rotary Club will kick off the inaugural Pine Mountain 500 on Sunday, August 4. Be a part of one of the most interesting running/walking events anywhere in the country!

Participants will start at the top of Pine Mountain, make their way down the backside through a residential neighborhood, and then finish up the 500-stair climb back to the top to finish. There will be separate timing mats to determine the fastest overall time and the fastest time up the stairs themselves. Not feeling that competitive? The event welcomes walkers and families to participate as well. To sign up or get more information, visit or the Facebook page .
Informational Session for Local Businesses
LiftUP is an Upper Peninsula private-public cooperative whose purpose is to improve the lives of your employees through on-site support and training. Benefits include but are not limited to: a weekly on-site success coach, increased employee productivity and loyalty, reduced employee turnover/increased retention, expansion of your network and more!

Wednesday, August 7th
9:30 AM (CST) and 12:00 PM (CST)
Bay College West

To RSVP email the following info to
Company Name
Name(s) of Attendees
Contact Information
Which Session You Will Be Attending

Donuts and coffee will be provided for the morning session and pizza will be provided during the lunch session.
If you are unable to attend but would like information, please email
Loyal to Local Welcomes New Participants
Seventeen new participants have signed up to join the Loyal to Local movement. We thank the following businesses for joining our efforts to raise awareness of the importance of shopping local.

There is still time to join Loyal to Local! Please visit to learn more or reach out to Lois Ellis with any questions.

BOSS Snowplow
Computer Connection UP/UP Logon
Dickinson County
Echo Boutique
Mande Insurance & Investment Solutions
Mark’s Auto Sales
Midwest Mini Storage & Movers
NeuCup Coffee
Northern Eye Care Associates
Pine Mountain Ski & Golf
River Valley Bank
Rudy’s Body Shop
St. George Glass & Window
UP Rehab Services
UP Sport & Spoke
Westman Precision Firearms
UP Energy Taskforce Holds First Meeting
With the formation of the U.P. Energy Task Force by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, several U.P. residents have been appointed to serve. At the group’s first meeting on July 9 in Marquette, some of the most important topics talked about were the affordability of energy resources and effective ways of getting through challenges that may arise. The task force is mandated through the Governor’s executive order to report on energy disruptions. The task force will also broadly look at the changes that may develop overtime.

Task Force members from U.P. communities include:
Kristopher Bowman, Bowman Gas Company
David Camps, Blue Terra Energy
Mike Furmanski, City of Escanaba
Thomas Harrell, Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association
Michael Larson, Michigan Energy Options
Emily Leach, Superior Watershed Partnership
Jennifer Hill, Marquette City Commissioner
James Kochevar, Cleveland Cliffs
Mike Prusi, Governor Whitmer’s Northern Michigan Office
Tony Retaskie, U.P. Construction Council
Roman Sidortsov, Michigan Technological University.
Warren “Chris” Swartz, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Click here to view a full list of statewide appointees.
Thank you!
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