April 2022
Upcoming Meetings
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 12
3:30 p.m. CT
Bay College West
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, May 19
8:00 a.m. CT
Bay College West
Intern Social
Thursday, June 2
5:00 p.m. CT
Pine Mountain Resort
CTE Graduate Recognition
The Alliance is recognizing local high school graduates pursuing careers in manufacturing and technical occupations upon graduation. The Dickinson County area is home to many large companies that offer opportunities for meaningful careers in fields that align with Career & Technical Education paths. These careers typically require certificates or two-year degrees, which lowers education costs and helps many young adults avoid student loan debt. Learn more on our website. Please nominate an eligible student by completing this form no later than May 1. One random winner will be selected from entries received for each area high school. The eight winning nominations will be contacted by email on or before May 6.
Loyal 2 Local Hosting Annual Presentation May 25
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.
Alliance Hosting Intern Social - June 2

We are excited to offer our annual Intern Social on Thursday, June 2. 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 25 at here. Please contact Lois Ellis with any questions.
Imagination Factory Children's Museum Featured by Rural Insights

Rural Insights recently shared the story of how community leaders pushed forward, through the pandemic, and opened the Imagination Factory Children’s Museum and Our Place Community Center. Read more here.
Bay College West Adds Massage Therapy Program

Bay West has launched a new Massage Therapy Training Program starting in August 2022. The program was developed by working closely with Jenny DeDecker of Full Moon Rising, LLC in Norway and has been approved as an Assigned School through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). The 625-hour, non-credit massage program prepares students for the nationally recognized Massage and Bodywork Licensure Examination (MBLEX).

Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age, pass a background check, hold a high school diploma or equivalent and be physically capable of giving and receiving massages. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply early due to a maximum capacity of 12 students. Financial aid is not applicable for this program; however, funding opportunities may be available through Michigan Works, local banks, and credit unions.

Massage Therapy is in high demand with great income potential, flexible hours, a variety of potential work settings, opportunities for growth, and work that allows you to improve the physical and mental well-being of others. Find out more about the Massage Therapy program here.
Germain Named Lake Superior Community Partnership CEO

The Lake Superior Community Partnership Board of Directors named Christopher Germain as the CEO of the economic development organization, starting in early June. Germain is currently a senior Redevelopment Ready Communities planner with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

In his current role, he works with communities to align their vision and plans with streamlined development processes and practices to create an increased quality of life to grow and attract more investment. During his time with the RRC program, Germain has helped grow the program from 47 to more than 300 communities statewide.

Germain received his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Northern Michigan University and his master’s in city and regional planning from Ohio State University. He is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners and as an Economic Development Finance Professional.

Former LSCP CEO Sarah Lucas left the position when appointed to lead the State of Michigan’s newly established Office of Rural Development.
FREE Marketing Webinar - May 17
Finding Your Target Market & Scoping Out the Competition
May 17 at 11:00 a.m. CT
Click here for more details. (scroll to find the May 17 events)

Which customers are the lowest hanging fruit for your business? What sets you apart from the competition? Tips for doing the research that will give you an edge. Presented by U.P. Small Business Consultant Nicole Potvin.
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