From the Economic Development Desk of the
May 19, 2021
You are receiving this email because your organization is at one of the economic development tiers with the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce. As always, we encourage your comments and questions.
Good Afternoon, as you saw from my updates the last couple of months, there are some good things going on in our community.  I have got a few updates:

  • A developer has come forward expressing interest in developing a new subdivision in the community. He has local ties to the Alpena area and upon relocating back here struggled to find a home to purchase. His interest seems genuine. It remains to be seen if this project will come to fruition but most of us are aware of the need for additional housing. It will remain a challenge to get people to relocate here if they cannot find suitable housing options whether rentals or ownership. We are short on both. We will work hard to assist the developer to locate viable locations and hope that this project will make sense for them to pursue.
  • Progress continues on the new daycare/earning center. The former K of C hall’s transformation is nearly complete, and the owner is hoping to be open soon. They are waiting on the State of Michigan to approve their license. They are pursuing a license to handle up to 100 children. There are a few slots available for families seeking daycare for their children. Like housing, quality daycare is a must if we are going to make this area attractive for young families and further development.  
  • The DDA and City both approved the establishment of a social district within the DDA. There are just over 41 social districts within the state across 25 different counties. Alpena is the first community in Northeast Michigan to pursue a social district. In the other communities where this has already been done, they have reported excellent results without any real downside. Any businesses with liquor licenses within the DDA can apply with Michigan liquor control to participate. They hope to have it in place early into the tourist season. 
  • In other DDA news, it was great to see Glik’s open on May 7th. Their new location in Harborside Center looks great and will help to drive more activity into the downtown area. 
Last week the American Rescue Plan information was released. This act provides a total of $350 billion in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to help eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments meet their present needs and build the foundation for a strong recovery. Congress has allocated this funding to tens of thousands of jurisdictions.

Most of us want to know what this means for Michigan and of course Alpena County, the City of Alpena, and the local townships. The State of Michigan will receive $6.5 billion. Beyond that, cities and counties will also receive financial support. Towns and Townships also will receive funding, but the amounts are unknown at the time of this update. Already announced local funding:

  • Alpena County - $5,517,338
  • Alcona County - $2,021,049
  • Presque Isle County - $2,445,848

Thank you for your time and support of our mission. 

Be well, stay well,
We here at the chamber and economic development are still focused on our missions and continue to work for you.
Chairman Level ($3,201+)
Alpena Agency, Inc.
Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union
Alpena Community College
Alpena County
Alpena Power Company
Bannan Funeral Home
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Charter Township of Alpena
City of Alpena
Edward Jones – Andrew Kowalski
Edward Jones – Bryan Strong
Edward Jones – Charles R. Ingle
Edward Jones – Eric M. Ferguson
Edward Jones – Marc K. Ferguson
Edward Jones – Pamela Kirchoff
H.P.C. Credit Union
Huron Monuments and Memorials  
Lappan Agency
MidMichigan Health
Presque Isle County
Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-Op
Wolverine State Credit Union

Partner Level ($1,500) 
Alpena Community Credit Union
Alpena Public Schools
Bedrock Contracting and Excavating
Besser Company
Builders First Source
Clearview Car Wash
Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan
Downtown Development Authority
Decorative Panels International (DPI)
DTE Energy
Employment Services Inc. (ESI)
ITC Holdings, Corp.
Keystone Rental Equipment
LeFave Pharmacy and Compounding
MI Stop Citgo/MI Stop Deli
Northland Area Federal Credit Union
Pennzoil Ten Minute Oil Change Center of Alpena
PNC Bank
Propane Plus Inc.
State Street Auto Wash
TCF Bank
Tier4 Technical Support
Timm Construction Company, LLC
Vintage Auto Wash
Sponsor Level ($475)
Alcona Health Center - Alpena
Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Alpena Beverage Company
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
Alpena Events Complex
Alpena Glass Company, Inc.
Alpena News Publishing Company
Alpena Supply Company
Austin Brothers' Beer Company
Banner Realty
Besser Foundation
Boldrey, Senchuk, Rouleau & Williams, CPA's, PC
Bolenz Jewelry
Building Express Inc.
Capital One Spark Business
Century 21 Northland
Clark Construction Company
Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet Inc.
Cocoa Capital Corp
Compassus Hospice
Consumers Energy
Control Solutions Inc.
Cutting Edge Construction
Dean Arbour Ford Lincoln
Devere Industrial, LLC
Downtown Union 76 LLC
Everett Goodrich, Inc.
Fiber Char
H&R Block
Harbor North Dental Associates
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Huron Engineering & Surveying
Industrial Image, Inc.
Lewis & Lewis Professional Surveying, Inc.
McDonald's Restaurant
Meridian Contracting Services, LLC
Michigan Works Center
Midwest Diesel Service
Midwestern Broadcasting (WATZ)
Northern Abstract & Title Agency
Northern Eye
Omega Electric & Sign Company Inc.
Ossineke Industries
Plowman's Collision Service
Pompeyos Mexican Grill
Presque Isle Township
R.A. Townsend Company
R.S. Scott Associates, Inc.
Ramada Alpena
RE/MAX New Horizons
Real Estate One of Alpena
ServiceMaster Home & Office
Sherwin Williams
Skiba Insurance Service
SkyWest Airlines
Specification Stone Products
Star Staffing Alpena
Straley Lamp & Kraenzlein P.C.
Stratford Group Ltd.
Switzer Veterinary Clinic
Tarkington Family Dentistry
Team Elmer's
The Drug Store/Northern Exposure Framing & Matting
The Home Depot
Thunder Bay Accounting
Thunder Bay Electric, Inc.
Thunder Bay Eye Care
Thunder Bay Family Dentistry
Thunder Bay Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Thunder Bay Tree Services, LLC
True North Radio Network
W.G. Benjey Inc./S&A Company
Weinkauf Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Werth Development, LLC
West Design Center, LLC
White, Wojda and Curtis
Wolgast Corporation
Young Appliance, Electronics, Furniture & Mattresses
Zen 24 Hour Fitness Center