Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance
August 2018 Newsletter
Help Celebrate the new Ogee Trail

Join the members of the Dickinson County Bike Path for the official grand opening of the new Ogee Mountain Bike Trail near Marion Park in Norway on Sunday, August 19 at 12:30 p.m.

Come ride, meet the people that made it happen and enjoy hot dogs and other refreshments.This is a great addition to our area's recreational assets. Phase 1 of the Ogee Trail includes 1.6 miles of single-track trail, suitable for all ages. 

Questions? Contact Bob Werner at 906-779-9712.
Big Investment at Pine Mountain Resort

Fantastic news as Lakeshore Management LLC has purchased the Pine Mountain Resort and announced a multi-million-dollar investment into renovations and improvements at the popular resort.

Renovations are already taking place and include a total renovation of all resort rooms, common areas, banquet and meeting facilities, parking lots, outside decks and the lodge façade.  Improvements are also planned for the TimberStone golf course and ski mountain. 

The new ownership also purchased the former Four Seasons Resort in Pembine and will be renovating and reopening this property in the  upcoming months. Welcome to the Dickinson County Area Lakeshore Management LLC! 

We look forward to seeing and enjoying the results of the new investments at Pine Mountain Resort and the Four Seasons Resort.   

Area Data Booklet Updated

The Dickinson County data booklet has been refreshed with the 2017 numbers and more data points. Key insights are that area job and wage growth are exceeding regional trends. Visit our website to check it out.

Data Reminder: 
The Alliance has access to a number of data sources.  Please contact Lois if you are looking for information about  the 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!
NMU Leadership Visits Area

On August 8,  NMU President Fritz Erickson and Board of Trustee Lisa Fittante hosted a Community Luncheon to update business and community leaders in our area on the latest strategic initiatives at NMU. 

President Erickson was excited to share that NMU has a new residence hall complex that was funded through a public/private partnership and is now moving forward with a complete renovation of the University Center facility. 

Erickson also noted their success in introducing innovative new programs like the cold-weather forensic research station, the only such facility in the world and the new Medicinal Plant Chemistry Bachelor's degree program. 

He also highlighted NMU's progress on the Educational Access Network - a high-speed educational LTE network across the Upper Peninsula providing access to educational content in many rural, under served areas. 

Thank you to Lisa Fittante for hosting the visit!
Marketing and Branding Task Force Spotlight

The primary focus of the Alliance's Marketing and Branding Task Force is to define and communicate the benefits of living, working and investing in Dickinson County.
Recently, the task force has been working toward this goal in several different ways. One way they are planning on spreading the message is through social media using Brand Ambassadors. Brand Ambassadors will be individuals representing different lifestyles and showcasing their own way of life and career path. Through social media, the Ambassadors will highlight all the great things to do in Dickinson County, while spreading positive messages about why living in the Dickinson area is so rewarding.
The task force is also inviting members of the community to share their favorite images and videos of the Dickinson area. The group is excited to promote the area's activities and assets and are seeking good quality images and videos to help tell our story. Submissions can be uploaded here.
Defining the mission, vision and elevator pitch for the DAEDA is another project the group has been focused on. With the help of Paula Craven, Iron Mountain DDA Director, who has conducted similar exercises for many other entities, a draft mission, vision and elevator speech have been developed and shared with the Board of Directors. Once finalized, these statements will help to ensure that all those involved in the activities of the DAEDA are consistent in sharing our message.
The group, along with the Talent and Education Task Force, also participated in FlivverFest. Together they worked to collect contact information from 80 attendees, along with their thoughts on what they would like to see happening in the Dickinson Area. This information will be beneficial to the group as they move forward in accomplishing their goals.
A BIG thank you to Task Force Chair, Evan Rice for his efforts in leading this group and to all participants for sharing their time and expertise with us!
  • Evan Rice, CCI Systems
  • Nicole Lutz, CJ Graphics
  • Melissa Wentarmini, Dickinson Area Community Foundation
  • Gina Wollner, Bay College West
  • Chad Harrison, Danielson Insurance
  • Benjamin Wood, Range Bank
  • Paula Craven, Iron Mountain DDA

Contact Alliance Executive Director, Lois Ellis
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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 28
Alliance Executive Committee
Kingsford City Hall
4:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 20
Alliance Board Meeting
Systems Control
7:15 a.m.
FREE Business Resources Events!

The Michigan Small Business Development Center will be hosting two  FREE business resource training's in Iron Mountain in the coming weeks. There is also a full series of online training via live webinar (recordings also available) covering topics from initial business plan development to digital and social media marketing strategies. 

A list of these online training's can be found  here.

Introduction to Ecommerce-Expanding Your Reach on the Internet
Wednesday, August 22 
CWRK Collective  12 - 1 p.m. CT
2091/2 East Hughitt St., Iron Mountain

You will learn the basics of ecommerce and how to get your products for sale on the web. Expand your reach to a national or even international market with these basic principles of internet sales.

Writing a Business Plan
Wednesday, September 19
Bay College West 12 - 1 p.m. CT
2801 US-2, Iron Mountain

This workshop will guide you through researching and writing each piece of a successful business plan. The session is designed for entrepreneurs who are looking to write a business plan for the first time, or already have a plan they would like to improve upon. You will gain an understanding of the most important tools and information to use when writing a successful business plan.