December 2022
Upcoming Meetings
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 12
3:30 p.m. CT
Bay West Room 115
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, January 19
8:00 a.m. CT
Bay West Room 115
Alliance Annual Meeting
Thursday, March 15
8:00 a.m. CT
Details TBA
As we look back at the impact and achievements the Alliance and our partners have made on the community in 2022, it allows us to see the new opportunities that await us in 2023. With the generous support of our investors and this community, we can continue to make a positive impact on Dickinson County and the surrounding areas. Thank you for all that you do to support the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance. Wishing you a happy holiday season! See you in the new year!

Holiday Hours: Our office will be closed from Friday, December 23, to Tuesday, January 3.
Michigan's Minimum Wage-Paid Leave Set to Change
On January 1, 2023, Michigan's minimum wage rate will increase from $9.87 to $10.10 per hour as set by Michigan's Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act of 2018, establishing the annual schedule of increases. There are also pending changes to the Paid Medical Leave Act.

  • Back in 2018, ballot initiatives were set to ask voters to raise the minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2022, to adjust the minimum wage for tipped employees and to institute the Paid Medical Leave Act.
  • The State Legislature instead adopted these pieces of legislation and then amended them. The amendments are now being challenged in court as unconstitutional.
  • In July 2022, the court voided the amended versions of the Michigan Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act and Paid Medical Leave Act in favor of the original versions.
  • Subsequently, the court issued a stay of the effects of this decision until February 19, 2023 to give employers and state agencies time to accommodate for the changes. That ruling is being appealed, and pending final resolution, employers should be aware of and prepared for these potential changes.

For further information regarding the pending litigation on wages and paid leave, or for a copy of the Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act and related resources, including the required poster, click here.
Free Cybersecurity Training February 8
The Alliance and Loyal 2 Local are continuing their partnership with Guide Star, a division of CCI Systems, to offer a free Cybersecurity Training on Wednesday, February 8. All local business leaders and employees are invited to join Guide Star for an informative presentation at 5:30 p.m. CT at Bay College West. Registration to attend will open in early January. Please reach out to Lois Ellis if you wish to be notified when registration is available.
Alliance Annual Meeting March 16
Mark your calendars! The Alliance Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 16, at 8:00 a.m. All Alliance Investors are encouraged to attend. The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to reflect on the organization’s accomplishments during 2022 and to update the Investors on plans for 2023. Invitations and further information will be sent in early February.
Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance
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