Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance
September 2018 Newsletter
Alliance Investors Update on September 26

Please join us on Wednesday, September 26 for the Alliance Investors Update. 

The program will be held at Pine Grove Country Club starting at 7:30 am. A buffet breakfast will be provided. 

Updates from the leaders of each Strategic Task Force will be shared. Executive Director, Lois Ellis will provide an organizational overview and Amy Clickner of the Lake Superior Community Partnership will offer an update on our strategic partnership. 

All are welcome to attend! Please RSVP to info@DAEDA.org or 906-360-4653 to attend.

Task Force Spotlight - Infrastructure & Housing

The goal of the Infrastructure and Housing Task Force is to improve access to infrastructure data and to encourage new development opportunities. 

In order to improve access to infrastructure data, the group is focused on utilizing a GIS data mapping system at the municipal level that allows the public to access data via 24/7 online availability. Currently, the City of Norway, Breitung Township, Norway Township, Waucedah Township and the City of Kingsford have implemented their GIS mapping systems and are providing online access to the general public. 

The City of Iron Mountain has contracted to implement the service in the coming months as well. Neighboring Wisconsin counties also provide GIS maps via their websites. Having good development data available on demand is an essential tool to meet the expectations of potential developers, and we are pleased to be well on our way to having the bulk of the area represented with GIS data online.
The second priority of the group is to encourage new housing development opportunities. As a part of this effort, the group has been sharing information from a 2016 Housing Market Analysis report with potential developers. Along with the housing report, additional data supporting the need for new housing options is also being compiled. Since the completion of the 2016 study, large employers in the area continue to expand and add to their workforce.  In the next 3-5 years we expect to see another 650 new jobs added in the area.  The Alliance is also working with MSHDA to complete an update to the 2016 study.
Thank you to all the Task Force members for their hard work and contributions as we strive to improve our local communities.
Chair:  Tony Edlebeck
Members:  Ray Anderson, Jason Brown, Luke Carey, Dale Cook, John Estes, John Gaudette, Wendy Gehlhoff, Tim Howen, Dan Kari, Jesse Land, Sandy Lindholm, Greg Lundberg, Linda Plumley, Jordan Stanchina, Joe Stevens

Northern Airways Lansing Shuttle

Northern Airways, through parent company Kubick Aviation, has introduced same-day air shuttle service between Ford Airport and Lansing. 

The shuttle starts in September with one round-trip flight every other week. Flights depart from Ford Airport with a morning stop at Marquette's Sawyer International Airport. The flight provides customers 6+ hours to conduct their business in Lansing at a cost of $900 per seat. 

Please contact Northern Airways customer service at (906) 779-5500 or visit www.flynorthernairways.com for more information.

LOYAL to LOCAL Participants Updated

On September 14, Loyal to Local participants gathered to hear an update on the progress of the promotional campaign. Rich Mortl shared key information showcasing the campaign efforts on social media, radio ads and newpaper ads. 

A total of 106 participants contributed to the promotional budget of $33,000 . There have been four different ads created and circulated on four area radio stations with a total of 540 ads per month. Three print ads have been developed and will be on the front page of the Daily News once a month for the next six months. 

Social media activity has been high with 294 likes on Facebook along with 12,900 views of our video content to date. Loyal2Local.org has received 1,121 website visits since July.

The Journey of a Dollar video (installment 1) was released on September 14 and has reached 4,150 people so far. Watch for future installments to be released!

Forum on Tax Reform Impacts

All are invited to this free session to hear from Shane Ellison of Anderson Tackman & Co. on the upcoming tax changes that will impact small businesses and individuals. The program will help you understand the impacts and how to be prepared for the changes prior to year-end.

Please join us on Tuesday, Ocotober 9 th from 7:30 am until 9:00 am at Bay College West in Fornetti Hall (lower level) to hear this informative presentation with time for audience questions. 

Please RSVP to info@DAEDA.org or by phone to 906-360-4653.

Contact Alliance Executive Director, Lois Ellis
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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 26
Alliance Investor Update
Pine Grove Country Club
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

October 9
Forum on Tax Reform Changes
Bay College West- Fornetti Hall
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

October 18
Alliance Board Meeting
Systems Control
7:15 - 9:00 a.m.
Job of the Week Posts

Each week the Alliance uses social media to help spread the word of a job opening(s) at one of the Alliance Investor companies.

Would you like to highlight one of your open positions?  

Please get in touch with Lois Ellis for more details.
Legislative Update

MI to Enforce Sales Tax on Online Retailers

Following a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Michigan's State Treasurer announced a change to the state's sales tax administration that will require many mail order and online retailers located outside of Michigan to pay the 6 percent sales tax on taxable sales into this state. 

This is an important step forward in the fair administration of the sales tax system. The change will make sure both hometown businesses and out-of-state online retailers are treated equally. 

Under the state Treasury Department's new administrative requirement, all applicable mail order and online retailers physically located outside of Michigan must pay state sales tax and file tax returns for taxable sales made after September 30, 2018. 

The state Treasury Department estimates more than $200 million in additional state revenues will be collected annually under the new sales tax rule.