March 2019 Newsletter
Talent and Education Task Force Update

The Alliance Talent and Education Task Force has realigned to be even more effective. The task force is now made up of three sub-groups focused on Talent Attraction, Talent Retention and Building the Talent Pipeline. This new structure was developed after reflecting on our efforts in 2018 and how we might be more effective in 2019. The sub-groups allow the task force members to participate in the area they are most interested in supporting and where their skills and resources best align. So far, all are encouraged that the sub-group approach will allow for a more deliberate focus on specific activities that will produce results. Thank you to the sub-group leaders (listed below) who have agreed to help guide this process and to Craig Allen who heads up the Task Force. The sub-groups each held a productive first meeting and are focused on implementing the items noted in the next 2-3 months.
Talent & Education Taskforce Sub-groups:

Talent Attraction
Leader: Steve Feira
  • Alumni Outreach via email communication
  • Partner with VA on outreach to returning Veterans
Talent Retention
Co-leaders: Theresa Caylor &  Nikki Bowers
  • Develop a candidate sharing and trailing spouse strategy
  • Increase awareness of community events
Building the Talent Pipeline
Leader: Gina Wollner
  • Quantify Local Areas Skills Gap
  • Carryout expanded Heavy Metal Tours
  • Increase awareness of Early College and Dual Enrollment
New participants are welcome at any time. If you or a member of your team is interested, please reach out to  Lois Ellis  or any of the sub-group leaders to get involved.
Heavy Metal Tours Expands Efforts

The Heavy Metal Tours will include two additional activities this year thanks to grant funding provided by the Regional Prosperity Initiative located
in the Central U.P.
Tours of manufacturing facilities for area 8th grade students will be conducted this spring and a series of three open house events to showcase manufacturing to area parents and the community will be carried out during 2019.
These new events will join the existing Manufacturing Day event that launched in October 2018 and will return for a second year on October 4, 2019 in conjunction with National Manufacturing Day. Last year 300 area high school freshman took part in hand-on activities that simulated the skills needed in today's manufacturing environments.
All of these efforts combine to create a consistent campaign to educate students and the community about the skilled trades and technical career opportunities that exist locally. For more information, please visit
Promote Your Internship or Job Opportunity to Bay Students

Bay College is gathering a list of career
resources including job opportunities and internships for students to access, especially as summer approaches. If you would like to promote an internship or job opportunity with your local business to the Bay students, please get in touch with Oscar DeLong at Bay at or 906-217-4076.
Michigan Economic Developers Association is Coming U.P.!

The Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) is holding its annual conference in Marquette on August 13-16, 2019 at the Holiday Inn. This statewide event is rarely held above the bridge and typically welcomes 125 to 175 economic development focused attendees from all corners of our state.
This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in economic development to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders, to listen to keynote speakers, attend breakout sessions and engage in networking opportunities. 

Sponsorships are available for this event and will provide businesses with marketing opportunities to engage economic development professionals and community stakeholders from across the state. 

Registration details and the agenda are taking shape and will be finalized soon. Please reach out to Lois Ellis if you would like to learn more about attending or sponsoring this event.
Upcoming Meetings

DAEDA Board of Directors Meeting
March 21
7:15 a.m.
Systems Control
Loyal to Local Participants Meeting
March 27
7:30 a.m.
Bay College West
Alliance Human Resources Roundtable
March 27
11:30 a.m.
Bay College West
Please RSVP to Lois Ellis.
Loyal to Local Participants Meeting - MARCH 27

Please join us on Wednesday, March 27 for the 1st Quarter Loyal to Local Participants Update. The meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Bay College West in Room 231.  Please RSVP to if you plan to attend. 

Participants are encouraged to attend to hear a summary of the promotional campaign efforts. There will also be an opportunity for participants to share feedback and input that will benefit the program. The program now includes 111 participants. View the list at
2018 DAEDA Annual Report Available Now!

If you were not at the Annual Meeting where we distributed our Annual Report, you can find an electronic copy at 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 2018 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 or if you would like to receive printed copies.
Contact Alliance Executive Director, Lois Ellis
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