February 2022
Alliance Investors Invited to Annual Meeting

Thursday, February 24
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Pine Grove Country Club
Mark your calendars! The Alliance Annual Meeting is Thursday, February 24, at 7:30 a.m. at Pine Grove Country Club. All Alliance Investors are encouraged to attend. The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to reflect on the organization’s accomplishments during 2021 and to update the Investors on our plans for 2022. Please RSVP to
Bay West Leadership Conference
Are you feeling the stress of doing more with less? Saddled with stressful situations and difficult discussions? Are you physically, psychologically, and spiritually fatigued? Does the concept of work and life balance sound like a joke?

Let’s fix that. Bay College West Campus’s Leadership Conference is back and here to share applicable insights, advice, and real-life experiences that address what so many of us are dealing with on a daily basis; burnout. Our keynote, Kit Welchlin will highlight strategies to balance the quickness, quantity, and quality of your life. Attendees will hear from local business leaders on their triumphs, challenges, and advice on their journey including their struggles from the past last two years.

Who should attend?
Anyone looking to be re-energized, gain insight and applicable advice from local experts and leaders and get their wheels spinning on how to make a difference in their workplace and community.
Friday, March 18, 2022
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
PRICE: $99
Click here to register.
Loyal 2 Local to Sponsor Out to Lunch July 7

Mark your calendar! Loyal 2 Local has signed on to sponsor the Out to Lunch concert in downtown Iron Mountain on Thursday, July 7. We hope you will join us for music, prizes and fun!

New Grant Program to Bolster Relief for Michigan Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency 

The Michigan Department of Treasury is administering a $409 million business grant relief program designed to help certain Michigan businesses that have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Under the Afflicted Business Relief Grant Program, eligible businesses in operation before October 1, 2019, may receive a percentage of their loss in total state sales through a grant. Eligible businesses that began operating between October 1, 2019, and June 1, 2020, may receive a grant equal to 25% of certain specified costs.

Depending upon the number of businesses that apply, the grants may be prorated to ensure that all eligible businesses can receive funding. The application will become available at 8 a.m. EST on Tuesday, March 1,

Eligible businesses applying for a grant will be required to include tax and other financial information and documentation to support their claims.

Businesses must submit a completed online application to the state Treasury Department no later than 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday, March 31. Grant awardees will be notified in the spring and grant awards will be distributed by July 1, 2022.

Businesses interested in applying are encouraged to attend one of the following informational webinars hosted by the state Treasury Department:
  • Thursday, February 17 at 9-10 a.m. EST
  • Tuesday, February 22 at 10-11 a.m. EST
  • Monday, March 7 at 1-2 p.m. EST

Details for signing up for a webinar can be found on the grant program’s website.

To learn more about the Afflicted Business Relief Grant Program or read frequently asked questions, go to Individuals with questions about this grant program should email
State Budget Updates
Governor Whitmer recently released her 2022-2023 fiscal year budget. The process will continue with the Legislature laying out their budget priorities before all agree on a combined budget. Items of interest in the Governor’s proposed budget are included below.

Education - Increase the base per-pupil funding grant to $9,135. Provide $1 billion investment in school infrastructure to build new classrooms and common areas and more safety training grants to protect students and staff. Staff retention bonuses and funding to hire more mental health professionals.

Economic development - $200 million in one-time spending would be dedicated to the Regional Empowerment Program, supporting growth, development, diversification, and resiliency of regional economies through a competitive grant program. Local units of government working with one or more quasi-governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, or tribal governments are eligible and eligible projects include affordable housing, increasing broadband access, manufacturing, tourism, agricultural production, and a few others.

Office of Rural Development - A $10 million appropriation, to establish the office and provide grant assistance to rural communities including for affordable housing, infrastructure, education, and high-speed internet connection.

Infrastructure - A $6.3 billion investment in resources to fix more roads, bridges, water infrastructure, resources to replace lead service lines, invest in clean energy and high-speed broadband infrastructure. 

Revenue Sharing - Local governments would see a 5% increase in statutory revenue sharing and a 5% one-time boost in revenue sharing payments under the governor's proposal.

FIRST Robotics April 7-9
Nearly forty high school robotics teams from across Michigan will gather at Kingsford High School for a FIRST Robotics competition on April 7-9. If you have never been to a Robotics competition, you need to check it out and feel the excitement and energy the students bring!

Event Details
District Kingsford Event (Qualifying Event)
April 7 - 9, 2022
Kingsford High School
8:00 a.m. start on Friday/Saturday

Call for Volunteer Judges
Ten volunteers (at least 21 years old) are needed to serve as competition judges on Friday, April 8 from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 9 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Judges are trained on-site and no technical knowledge is required. Judges have the opportunity to interact with and get to know the students competing. Food and beverages are provided along with an event t-shirt. Businesses that provide a judge volunteer will be automatically considered a bronze-level sponsor with their logo and business name featured heavily throughout the event. If interested, please contact Haley Edie.
Woodland Elementary STEM Night
Thursday, February 24, 2022
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Woodland STEM Night is an opportunity for students in grades K-4 to explore STEM-related job fields and activities. Woodland has been proud to host this event for the past six years. Over 200 learners attend with an additional 200-250 adults. Students move about the school to complete a variety of tasks created by teachers and business volunteers. These activities have been both passive, learning about something, and active, creating something they can take home and/or see. Some of these tasks have been making paper, marble runs, programming robots, learning about 3D printing & scanning, experiments with electricity, metal casting, and tons more.
Business and industry representatives are invited to participate in an activity and the opportunity to interact with these amazing students. If your business and/or company is interested in signing up, please contact Justin Cowen, Director of Learning Technology, by email or phone, at (906) 282-9302. The deadline to sign up is Friday, February 18.
Upcoming Meetings
Alliance Annual Meeting
February 24 at 7:30 a.m.
Pine Grove Country Club
Alliance Investors please RSVP to

Alliance Executive Committee
March 3 at 3:30 p.m.
Bay West Room 232

Task Force Meetings
Talent & Education
February 23 at 9:00 a.m.
Dickinson-Iron Technical Education Center

Infrastructure & Housing Development
(includes CUPPAD Resiliency Strategy work)
March 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Iron Mountain City Hall

Marketing & Branding
March 16 at 9:00 a.m.
CWRK Collective
500 S Stephenson Suite 200 (downtown First Bank location)

*Please contact Lois Ellis if you are interested in joining one of the task force groups.

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