From the Economic Development Desk of the
March 20, 2019
You are receiving this email because your organization is at one of the economic development tiers  with the Chamber of Commerce. As always, we encourage your comments and questions.
The Economic Development team sure has been busy! Below is just a snapshot of the work we have been involved with as of late:

  • Met with our loan committee and approved two new small business loans.
  • Met with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation regarding two potential projects, one in Rogers City and another in Alpena.
  • Met with an interested party regarding the former K-Mart property.
  • Met with the owner/family of John Henry’s Antique Mall building.
  • Discussed two new potential development opportunities with a developer.
  • Reviewed both the current condition and status of Ripley Street Station.
  • Met with the management of Habitat for Humanity.

Each meeting that is with a developer requires days worth of work putting together site plans, area information, and additional information as requested by the developer. Although the visits themselves may be only a few hours, the preparation and follow up work that goes into them is time consuming, but necessary.

A message from Klarich...
On Tuesday, we hosted the senior management of a Northern Michigan company for a tour of town. Two of the three individuals hadn’t been to Alpena in many years but the third comes here a few times a year for the last several years for sporting events with his children. I want to share their perspectives with you. The two “newcomers” were taken back by what they saw in Alpena as prior to coming they thought we were a much smaller community. They didn't know we had as much industry as we do. They were also surprised by the character of our downtown and the amount of people walking around on a Tuesday afternoon. Simply put, they were impressed. The third member of their group told us that he’s been interested and intrigued by what he has seen happening in Alpena over the last several years. He has seen the change and growth and has been impressed.

Whether they choose to expand in our area or not, which was ultimately the reason for the visit, the math will decide that. We wanted you to know that our efforts are not going unnoticed.

A message from Krawczak...
My office is right next door to Jim's. We joked about putting a window in between the two offices so we can throw things at each other. We haven't done that yet, but maybe one day. Anyway, because we are so close, we sometimes catch pieces of conversation in the other person's office. I caught part of a conversation Jim was having recently and I have to tell you how impressed I was. Jim made a cold call to a company who owns multiple businesses around Northern Michigan (the business owners he talked about in his update above). He somehow made his way through the person who answered the phone to an actual owner of the company, having never met the owners before. A couple of weeks later, the person he talked to that day, and his partners, visited Alpena to look at a few sites for potential development. When they came to Alpena, Jim had potential developers and financial backers to meet with them as well. Not just anyone can do that kind of work.

Seven years ago when we changed the relationship between the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, we knew we needed to find someone who had the skills necessary to make things happen. I have known it all along, but the day I overhead that conversation and witnessed the follow up activity, I was reminded that we have the right people in place, with the right skills to get the work done. You are investing in an organization that is capable of, and is, getting things done. It's an admirable decision on your part - to invest in your community like you do. We appreciate your continued support!

Annual Economic Development Meeting...
You will be receiving an invite to the annual economic development meeting in the mail. One person from your organization is invited to attend for free, others may attend for a small fee. The event is April 9th, learn more HERE.
We would like to recognize the following members who have made commitments to move up in tiers for 2019:

Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau - Sponsor Level
Pompeyos - Sponsor Level
Thunder Bay Eye Care - Sponsor Level
Thunder Bay Therapy & Sports Medicine - Sponsor Level
Wolgast Corporation - Sponsor Level
Sponsored by
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Chairman Level ($3,201+)
Alpena Agency, Inc.
Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union
Alpena Community College
Alpena County
Alpena Power Company
Alpena Township
Besser Foundation
City of Alpena
H.P.C. Credit Union
Huntington Bank
Lappan Agency
Presque Isle County
Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-Op

Leader Level ($3,200)    
Edward Jones - Marc Ferguson, Charles R. Ingle, Pamela Kirchoff, Andrew Kowalski, Bryan Strong
MidMichigan Health
Partner Level ($1,500) 
Alpena Public Schools
Bannan Funeral Home
Besser Company
Chemical Bank
Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan
Downtown Development Authority
Decorative Panels International
DTE Energy
Employment Services Inc. (ESI)
The Home Depot
ITC Holdings, Corp.
LeFave Pharmacy
Northland Area Federal Credit Union
Pennzoil Ten Minute Oil Change Center of Alpena
PNC Bank
Propane Plus Inc., MI Stop Citgo, MI Stop Deli
Ripley and State Street Auto Washes
Star Staffing Alpena
Timm Construction Company, LLC
Wolverine State Credit Union
Sponsor Level ($475)
Alcona Health Center
Allegra Alpena
Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Alpena Beverage Company
Alpena Biorefinery
Alpena Community Credit Union
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
Alpena Events Complex
Alpena Glass Company, Inc.
Alpena News Publishing Company
Alpena Supply Company
Art Van Furniture/Young Appliance
Austin Brothers' Beer Company
Ball Tire
Banner Realty
Bedrock Contracting and Excavating
Besser Senior Living Community, Inc.
Boldrey, Senchuk, Rouleau & Williams, CPA's, PC
Bolenz Jewelry
Century 21 Crow Realty
Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet Inc.
Consumers Energy
Control Solutions Inc
Cutting Edge Construction
Days Inn of Alpena
Dean Arbour Ford Lincoln
Downtown Union 76 LLC
Everett Goodrich, Inc.
Fiber Char
H&R Block
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Huron Engineering & Surveying
Industrial Image, Inc.
Neiman's Family Market
Northern Eye
Omega Electric & Sign Company Inc.
Ossineke Industries
Ossineke Township
Plowman's Collision Service
R.A. Townsend Company
R.S. Scott Associates, Inc.
Ramada Alpena
ServiceMaster Home & Office
Sherwin Williams
SkyWest Airlines
Specification Stone Products
Spectrum Enterprise
Straley Lamp & Kraenzlein P.C.
Switzer Veterinary Clinic
Tarkington Family Dentistry
Team Elmer's
The Drug Store
Thunder Bay Accounting
Thunder Bay Electric, Inc.
Thunder Bay Eye Care
Thunder Bay Family Dentistry
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Thunder Bay Therapy & Sports Medicine
Thunder Bay Tree Services, LLC
True North Radio Network
W.G. Benjey Inc./S&A Company
Werth Development, LLC
White, Wojda and Curtis
Wolf Family Dentistry
Wolgast Corporation