October 2020
Upcoming Meetings
Alliance Executive Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 27
3:30 p.m.
Via Zoom Meeting
Alliance Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, November 12
7:00 a.m.
Via Zoom Meeting
Virtual Manufacturing Day 2020
On Friday, October 16, freshman students at several area schools participated in the Heavy Metal Tours Virtual Manufacturing Day event. The students watched a video that outlined area in-demand careers, heard from employers about their products, and learned about the jobs available. After the video, each classroom took part in an online quiz game to test the knowledge they gained from the experience. One student in each classroom was the lucky winner of a $20 gift card to local stores. A few winners are pictured below, along with several quotes from students on what they learned by participating in the event.

WLUC-TV6 covered the activity during a visit to Kingsford High School to capture the event and speak with the students. Check out the storyRural Insights also featured this year’s virtual Manufacturing Day event on their blog. You can watch the Manufacturing Day video on the Heavy Metal Tours website.

Special thanks to our partners who pulled together to deliver a great experience for area students!
Bay College
Boss Snowplow
CCI Systems
Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District
Lake Shore Systems
Northern Initiatives – Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Systems Control
Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!

Quotes from students who were asked, “What did you learn today that you didn’t previously know?”
"All of the opportunities that are available without going to a full college far away."

"I learned that you can take early college courses and get your freshman year of college done."

"I learned that there are a lot of opportunities in manufacturing that I did not know about."

"There are a lot of good jobs in the Dickinson County area."

"I learned that many of these places don't require a college degree for a job."

"I didn’t know about the thirteenth year, where they basically pay for your "freshman" year of college."

"One thing I learned from the manufacturing video, that I didn't already know is that you can earn dual enrollment college credits."
Michigan’s Going Pro Talent Fund Available
EMPLOYERS: Application Period Open November 2 - 30
The Going PRO Talent Fund makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing, and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training funded by Going Pro must be short-term and fill a demonstrated talent need the employer is experiencing. Training must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by the industry.

The training amount requested cannot exceed $1,500 per person or $3,000 per first-year U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Registered Apprentice. It must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • Classroom or customized training
  • New employee on-the-job training
  • Training for first-year USDOL Registered Apprentices

Interested Employers should connect with the Business Services staff their local Michigan Works! Agencies (MWA) to learn more and apply.
Investor Update Webinar

Our most recent Investor Update was held via webinar on September 30. If you missed it or would like to revisit the information, we have created two options for you. A recording of the webinar is on our website, or you can view a summary document. Thank you to all who tuned in
to hear our message.
Legislative News

Alliance Executive Director, Lois Ellis, participated in virtual visits with state elected leaders and key state department staff October 6-8. The virtual meetings replaced the typical fall trip to Lansing, which is a smaller version of the Marquette County Ambassadors’ annual spring visit. The meetings allowed the group to continue building connections between those representing us at the Capitol and U.P. business and community leaders.
City of Norway Celebrates Park Improvements
Congratulations to the City of Norway and the Downtown Development Authority for the unveiling of two new park improvements in the downtown district recently. Located at the corner of Main St. and Seventh Ave., the new park, called Viking Square, is now home to the Viking statue that honors the community’s heritage. Just down the block on Main St., Veterans Park was also dedicated on the same day. Picnic tables, benches, and additional plantings will be added to the park, and the group hopes to add a mural to Veterans Park in the future. The DDA funded the park improvements in partnership with the City.
Bay College - Future for Frontliners
Bay College is reminding employers in the community of the Future for Frontliners program that allows for a significant tuition break for essential workers who worked April 1 – June 30, 2020, in Dickinson County as a means to advance their skills and open up career advancement options.

How might this benefit your workforce?
  • A nursing assistant looking to become a certified medical assistant or nurse
  • Practical nurses becoming a registered nurse
  • Emergency technicians could become a paramedic
  • Production or assembly workers pursuing a welding certificate or mechatronics/robotics degree
  • Call center employee interested in CNSS degree

Dickinson County residents will pay the difference in the tuition rates that apply in Delta and Dickinson counties (due to a difference in the approved millage). Instead of the usual $199.00 per contact hour for Dickinson County residents, an accepted Future for Frontliners student would only pay $64.00 per contact hour. The program application is available now through December 31, 2020, with enrollment at Bay College starting as early as January 2021.
MI SBDC Webinar Offered
Getting Funded in a Pandemic
Thursday, December 3
7:30 – 8:30 am CT

Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 3, from 7:30 – 8:30 am CT to attend this informative session titled “Getting Funded in a Pandemic” with experts from the Michigan Small Business Development Center. Tune in to hear about opportunities that are available to fund your small business in light of COVID-19. Registration details will be available soon. Please contact Lois Ellis if you are interested.
Lake Superior Community Partnership Webinar: 
Michigan's Emergency Orders
Wednesday, October 28
9:30 - 11:00 am CT

Panelists will discuss the recent emergency orders implemented by state departments and what those mean for businesses at this time. 

  • Scott Ellis, Michigan Licensed Beverage Association Executive Director   
  • Micah Babcock, Small Business Association of Michigan Director of Government Operations
  • Justin Winslow, Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association President & CEO 
  • Sean Egan, State of Michigan Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity Deputy Director of Labor
Please submit questions for the panelists prior to the webinar by emailing Emily Tardiff
2021 Health Innovations at Work Forum - Bringing Lambeau to You!
Tuesday, November 10
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Virtual Event - Login instructions will be sent upon registration

  • Keynote on rising and resilience from a national health and wellbeing influencer
  • The latest news and updates from a leading policy maker
  • How one local organization’s COVID concerns became a reason to hope
  • Practical tools to promote mental health as we co-exist with COVID.
  • And, special announcements and surprises

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