Despite the challenges of 2020, the greater Dickinson area continues to thrive, and there is no
better time to live and work here.
WORK
#KeepUPWorking – It Pays to Work Now
Dickinson County is home to many essential businesses, such as manufacturers and commercial contractors. While many businesses had to shut down earlier this year, our local businesses quickly pivoted to have employees working from home while their factories remained open. They also stepped up and put safety protocols in place to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. The best part of all – they are thriving and actively hiring. Dickinson County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Michigan at 5.8%, while the overall rate in Michigan is 8.2%. Check out the #KeepUPWorking Campaign at on our website.
Growing Co-working Community
CWRK Collective, located in Downtown Iron Mountain, expanded in the fall of 2019 at a new location in Franklin Square. The new space offers private offices as well as co-working spaces and a conference room for short-term rental. Clients range from start-ups to established businesses entering the Dickinson County market. It has recently become a hub for individuals relocating to the area to work remotely as corporate work from home/flexibility becomes the new norm.
Area Alumni Profile – Meet Holly & Adam DeGroot
Adam is the Director of Operations at Systems Control. Holly owns a retail shop in downtown Iron Mountain called Bijou Lovely, as well as two stores in Marquette, Revisions & Revival. Adam and Holly were both born and raised in Iron Mountain and attended Michigan Tech University. Adam studied Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Holly studied Biomedical Engineering. After college, they both moved away to begin their careers. Adam lived and worked in Zeeland, Michigan, before moving to the Chicago area, where Holly lived and worked. In 2010, they decided to move back to the area to be closer to family. They were surprised at the opportunities available in the engineering field at the time. The DeGroots love having dinner at Spiros, volunteering at downtown events, walking around their neighborhood with their dog Jackson, and hanging out with their Crossfit community at Pistol Crossfit. Both enjoy doing renovation projects and building things for their home and retail spaces. Adam enjoys golfing at Pine Grove, and woodworking and Holly loves Crossfit, photography, sewing, and knitting.
LIVE
Our Place Community Center – Imagination Factory
The new Our Place Community Center – Imagination Factory is pushing forward to build the first children's museum in Iron Mountain, despite the cancellation of many fundraising events planned for 2020. Located in the building that formerly housed Iron Mountain's Middle School, the museum will feature more than 30 interactive exhibits and a Way to Grow Garden, a Gathering Place, and a Youth Empowerment Room. In May 2020, Lake Shore Systems installed their exhibit modeled after their real-life vessel replenishing system. Visitors will have the chance to transfer supplies from one ship to another. The remaining building renovations are targeted to be completed in January 2021 with additional exhibit installations being completed October 2020 – March 2021. The Imagination Factory Children’s Museum plans to opens its doors in May 2021.
Pine Mountain Ski Jump
The Pine Mountain Ski Jump recently underwent a $3 million renovation to raise the hill to current International Ski Federation (FSI) standards. By bringing this hill up to FIS code, the Kiwanis Ski Club will be able to host World Cup events again. If you were here over the summer, you might have seen the progress. Construction and updates to the landing are on schedule to be completed before winter. The Kiwanis Ski Club hopes to hold the Continental Club on February 13-14, 2021 and hopes to hold the
World Cup in 2022.
Dickinson Trail Network
The Dickinson Trail Network (DTN) continues to grow, with nearly 20 miles of new trails cut over the summer. The new trails are on Millie Hill in Iron Mountain and Piers Gorge in Norway. All DTN trails are multi-use and perfect for walking, hiking, and biking. From expert to beginner, the trails throughout the county are built to International Mountain Bike Association standards.
Coffee Culture
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Iron Mountain has a fast-growing coffee culture with many options to grab a cup of joe. You will find coffee varieties to fit all sorts of tastes from sit down options to drive up. Visit Moose Jackson Café or Contrast Coffee in the DDA district for options with free wi-fi. Drive up to NeuCup, Edelweiss Coffee or The Coffee Caboose to grab a cup on the go.
Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort – Year-Round Outdoor Activities
In 2018, the Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort came under new ownership. Since then, major renovations have taken place, including updating all lodging rooms and condos, along with renovated meeting spaces. Famers Sports Bar is home of the legendary U.P. Sports Hall of Fame and is offering dine in, take out and curbside pickup options. Visit the Sitzmark Room for live music every weekend.

The Resort has started making snow in preparation for the ski season! Pine Mountain offers ski and stay packages. Plan your ski trip now for an amazing vacation, weekend or just to get away for a day.

During the spring, summer, and fall, hit the links at Timberstone Golf Course with a stay and play package. Timberstone has been named one of the best golf courses in America by Golfweek magazine and the 6th best golf course in Michigan by GolfMichigan.com. Also of note, the Resort is now part of the Trademark Collection by Wyndham, which allows guests to earn and redeem points through the Wyndham Rewards program.

Check out Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort at pinemountainresort.com or call (906) 774-2747 for more information.
Reinvestment in Downtown Iron Mountain
MRI Properties and Eden Property Collection are two new commercial developers that have made significant strides in reinvesting in Downtown Iron Mountain. Some exciting projects beginning this fall include the development of residential apartments in historic buildings. MRI Properties is revitalizing 2,900 sq ft of a historic downtown building that has not been fully utilized in 50-75 years. The investment will turn the vacant upper level into four high-end apartments. MRI Properties is also bringing the building up to code, increasing downtown property values across the board.

Eden Property Collection is developing modern living spaces in one of Upper Michigan's most iconic landmarks. The Sandstone Studios is a 7-unit building with one-two bedroom living spaces ranging from 580 sq ft to 745 sq ft with a shared 2,600 sq foot rooftop terrace. Its location offers all the energy and convenience of living downtown. Eden Property Collection has also invested in buildings in downtown Norway and the Menominee waterfront.

Eden Property Collection purchased the Timbers Motel in December 2019 with the intention of demoing, flattening, and redeveloping the property. Demolition began mid-November. The group hasn't released any information about what will go in the newly open lot but an announcement will be made soon.
Keeping an eye out for local real estate?
Visit upmls.com where you can sort listings by community, including residential and
commercial options.
New Event Centers
The Dickinson area is home to two new event centers located in Kingsford. 
650 person capacity
700 E Blvd.
500 person capacity
900 W Breitung Ave.
Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance | 906-360-4653 | info@daeda.org | www.daeda.org