May 2019 Newsletter
Loyal to Local 2nd Annual Presentation

Over 70 attendees gathered at Bay College West to hear more about the Loyal to Local program and to learn how they can get involved in the second year of the initiative. Rich Mortl provided a presentation outlining the work completed in the first ten months of the program, plans to grow the number of participants to 150 or more and the proposed marketing budget for the second year.  For those that were not able to attend the presentation, we recorded the session.(Thanks to Chad Harrison!) Please visit our YouTube channel  to view the content.
Anyone interested in joining the Loyal to Local movement should reach out to for details. All existing Loyal to Local participants were mailed information last week. Participant order forms are available now with more options presented this year to match the needs of local businesses. The second year is set to kick off on July 1. Visit to learn more and view a list of current participants
Heavy Metal Tours- Open Doors at Boss Snowplow

BOSS Snowplow opened their doors to area parents of 8th through 12th graders and local educators on May 15. Thank you to the BOSS team! Parents were able to tour the manufacturing facility and learn about the skills needed and the career opportunities available now and in the future. Attendees were provided with information on manufacturing careers and the educational path to pursue to be successful in those careers. Prizes and refreshments were also on hand. 

Heavy Metal Tours-Open Doors is part of a wider effort to educate area students, parents, teachers and residents of the job opportunities available in manufacturing locally today and for the future. More events are planned throughout 2019 and details can be found at .

UPEDA Hosts Forum at Pine Mountain Resort

Pine Mountain Resort was the host site for a recent meeting of the U.P. Economic Development Alliance (UPEDA) on May 10. UPEDA is a collaboration of economic developers, educators, business leaders and government officials interested in sharing information and participating in educational meetings to gain knowledge of best practices in economic development.
The meeting agenda focused on workforce and talent issues that are constraining growth of regional businesses. Thank you to local presenters Gina Wollner, Bay College West; Kellie Sexton, Lake Shore Systems; Jen Kirk, BOSS Snowplow; Mike Mulligan, Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District; and Lois Ellis, Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance for sharing the ways we are collaborating on talent attraction, retention and growth.
An industry panel on the topic of workforce recruitment and using LEAN concepts to gain efficiencies shared updates on their efforts. Sonja Matzke, CCI Systems; Jeremy Mortl, Messersmith Manufacturing; and Nick Fornetti, Lakeshore Systems all presented.
U.P. Energy Summit

Friday, June 14
8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Northern Center 
Ball Rooms

Each year, industry representatives, regulators, consumers, and stakeholders attend the U.P Energy Summit to discuss issues of importance for the State of Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The U.P. Energy Summit is open to the public.
Upcoming Meetings

Alliance Board of Directors
Thursday, June 20
7:15 am
Systems Control
Social Media Contacts Requested

The Alliance is compiling a list of social media contacts at local businesses to communicate information and share content. If you are interested in collaborating with us on social media messages, please let Lois Ellis know who is responsible for social media content at your organization, so we can connect.

Heavy Metal Tours Events

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Tourism Conference Coming to Downtown Iron Mountain June 25th-  Save the date!

This conference will focus on successful tourism strategies that communities can use to market themselves and improve the amenities and recreational opportunities that today's tourists demand. Sessions will focus on marketing and branding, downtown development, outdoor recreation, and policy strategies communities can use to improve their tourism economies. More details coming soon!
Michigan Launches Skilled Trades Campaign
Addressing Michigan's single greatest threat to its economic recovery, the state is launching an ambitious ad campaign to promote skilled trades careers. The Going Pro campaign is a nearly $3 million publicly funded effort expected to reach 90 percent of Michigan residents aged 15 to 64. This is the state's largest-ever awareness push dedicated to promoting Professional Trades.

The idea is to combat dated perceptions of professional trade careers that portray them as dark, dirty and dangerous, according to an announcement by the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED), the agency running point on the effort.

That perception, combined with retiring baby boomers, has led to a decline of people able to fill those jobs. The state estimates 545,000 skilled labor jobs will come open through 2026.

While the campaign is entirely state funded right now, the state is working on a "co-op pilot" to allow employers to participate by investing in the campaign using the statewide branding plus their own company branding. This short video captures the message.

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