May 2022
Upcoming Meetings
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 2
2:30 p.m. CT
Bay College West
Intern Social
Thursday, June 2
5:00 p.m. CT
Pine Mountain Resort
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, June 16
8:00 a.m. CT
Bay College West
U.P. Childcare Taskforce Update
The DAEDA has been working collaboratively with the U.P. Childcare Task Force over the past year to find solutions that will positively impact the availability of childcare in communities across the U.P.

The group represents a broad range of stakeholders including
  • private-sector employers
  • educators
  • parents
  • childcare facility operators
  • non-profits
  • economic development organizations
  • and workforce agencies from all corners of the U.P.

One of the group’s main priorities was to identify employer-based childcare solutions and best practices to share across the region to benefit more employers and families. The task force recently released a collection of examples that may be of interest to employers. Click here to view the Employer-Based Childcare Solutions handout.

Thank you to Systems Control and the Northern Lights YMCA-Dickinson for sharing their partnership model as one example.
Recently, the state of Michigan announced a pilot program in the U.P. called the Tri-Share Childcare Model. This approach shares the cost of childcare, for a qualified working parent, equally between the parent, the employer, and the state. Visit the MI Tri-Share Childcare Pilot Program to learn more.
The U.P. MI Tri-Share Childcare Pilot Program is holding an Informational Session for Employers on May 26 at 5:30 pm ET, with virtual and in-person options available. Check out this flyer for details and registration information.

And finally, I’m sharing a fact sheet about the status of childcare in Dickinson County.

If you have questions or are interested in joining the task force, please reach out to Lois Ellis.
Loyal 2 Local Hosting Annual Presentation TODAY
The Loyal 2 Local Planning Committee invites current participants and all those interested in learning more about the program to attend a presentation on May 25. The program will be offered at 7:30 a.m. and again at 12 noon in Room 244 at Bay College West.

The presentation will highlight why Loyal 2 Local is important, review the program’s accomplishments and discuss the goals for the coming year. The Planning Committee is diligently working to release a new website in the coming weeks and a preview will be shared at the sessions for all attendees. We look forward to renewing the existing participants and welcoming new participants for the fifth year of the program, which starts on July 1st. To attend one of the sessions, please RSVP to and indicate if you wish to attend at 7:30 a.m. or 12 noon. Coffee and pastries will be served for the morning session with lunch offered at the noon session. There is no fee to attend and all are welcome.
July 7 – Loyal 2 Local Sponsoring Out to Lunch Concert
Mark your calendars and plan to join us in downtown Iron Mountain on July 7 for the Out to Lunch Concert where Loyal 2 Local is the sponsor. We’ll have giveaways and prizes. The event runs from 11:45 a.m. - to 1:15 p.m., and food vendors will be on-site so you can grab lunch while enjoying the music!
Alliance Hosting Intern Social - June 2
There’s still time to invite any interns that are serving at area companies to our 2022 Intern Social on Thursday, June 2, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. This free event aims to introduce interns and any newly hired recent graduates to the many activities and places that make our community unique while encouraging them to build their careers in the Dickinson County area. The event includes networking, lawn games, prizes, drinks, and appetizers. 

Companies are encouraged to share this information with any interns, co-op students, or recently hired graduates that are new to the area. Attendees must be 18 or older to attend. Attendees are asked to register by May 26. Please contact Lois Ellis with any questions.
Congratulations Career and Technical Education Graduate Winners!
Thank you to everyone who nominated deserving seniors for this Career & Technical Education recognition program. We received 64 nominations and appreciate all of the submissions.

Kaliyah Kincaid, Iron Mountain HS, Cosmetology/Esthetician
Gabe Richtig, Iron Mountain HS, Heavy Equipment Operator
Mary Jane Anderson, Forest Park HS, IBEW Electrical Apprenticeship Program
Carrisa Palmcook, Kingsford HS, Certified Medical Assistant
Brady Behnke, Niagara HS, Computer Information Systems at NWTC
Ashton Hord, North Dickinson County HS, Ultrasound/Sonography
Tyler Parker, Norway HS, Mechatronics/Engineering
Rachel Pifke, West Iron County HS, Graphic Designer
Norway Eye Care Welcomes Dr. Robert Watters

Dr. Robert (Bo) Watters, OD, recently joined the Norway Eye Care team and is now seeing patients in Norway and Crystal Falls. Dr. Watters received his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Michigan College of Optometry. Dr. Watters is certified in diagnostics and therapeutics and is a member of the American Optometric Association. Welcome to the community, Dr. Watters!
Rotary Pine Mountain 500

Challenge yourself to the Pine Mountain 500 stair climb event on Saturday, August 6. This one-of-its-kind premier athletic event is presented by seasoned athletes and event coordinators from the Rotary Club of Iron Mountain - Kingsford. Offering events for all ages and competition levels, the race aims to be both inclusive and challenging for everyone from families to high-level athletes. The current course record is 19:08.5, with the stair climb record at 3:04.9. Think you can beat one or both? For those looking for the ultimate challenge, take two laps of the course to compete in the Dual Duel!

Business sponsorships are available, please contact Melissa Wentarmini for details at 906-396-3273 or
Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance | 906-360-4653 | |