Villringer returns to raise family in the U.P.

Lisa Villringer was born in Iron Mountain, MI, raised in Kingsford, MI and currently serves as the Human Resources Assistant at First National Bank & Trust (FNB&T) in Kingsford, MI. As a wife, mother of two and a full-time employee, Villringer also devotes her time to improving the community.  She has brought positive energy and has made an impact through chairing the Business Development Committee for the Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority and acting as the Race Director for the Iron Mountain Road and Trail Half Marathon. Villringer continues to volunteer her time and promote these important events.

Villringer began studying Business Administration at Bay College after graduating from Kingsford High School in 1997. She was originally signed up for Northern Michigan University (NMU), but decided to stay in the area where she’d benefit from the smaller class sizes offered at Bay College. Her favorite instructor was Mr. Roger Lacovoni, who taught U.S. History, “He was a U.S. Marine and had awesome stories that made the class really interesting. Everyone respected him,” said Villringer. Once she completed her two year associates degree she moved to Chicago and changed paths to a follow an interest in studying Esthetics.

After starting a family in Chicago, Villringer found it was difficult being away from her family in Dickinson County.  Since she enjoyed the small town feeling and knowing her neighbors growing up, she decided to return to the area to raise her family. She wanted her children to enjoy the same experiences she had as a child growing up. Villringer appreciates that people value connecting with one another, as well as the safety of the Upper Peninsula.

Once Villringer was back in the area, she began work as a teller at FNB&T, which is currently the last hometown bank in the area. She has since grown into her new role in Human Resources and also serves as the current Chair of the FNB&T Employee Training Committee.  Villringer shared, “I really love the people I work with. They do so much for the community.” Villringer’s advice for individuals looking for a career is to, “find out what the company’s mission and goals are and make sure they follow the same practices and ethics you believe in.  I appreciate working for a business that continues to give back to the community.”

https://www.baycollege.edu/profiles/alumni-profiles/lisa-villringer.php

Manufacturing Day is October 12 in Dickinson County

Education, community and industry partners are coming together to coordinate a Manufacturing Day event on Friday, October 12 at Bay College West Campus (Bay West) as a part of a campaign titled “Heavy Metal Tours.” The purpose of this campaign is to proactively educate students and the community about the skilled trades and technical career opportunities that exist locally.

Manufacturing Day will include 380 freshman students from Kingsford, Iron Mountain, Norway, North Dickinson and Florence. Students will partake in a round-robin of hands-on activities including a Kleenex assembly, the marshmallow challenge and constructing card towers to name a few. Participating businesses include Lakeshore Systems, BOSS Snowplow, Systems Control, Loadmaster, CCI Systems and Verso.

Dickinson County currently boasts the lowest unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula at 3.8% with 20% of the workforce falling under the manufacturing field.  “Our employers are not only faced with the challenge of baby boomer retirements, but it is estimated we will be adding over 650 new jobs in the area within the next three to five years. We have to be proactive,” shared Lois Ellis, Executive Director of the Dickinson County Economic Development Alliance (The Alliance).

The Alliance, Bay West, Northern Initiatives and Michigan Works! are all contributing time, treasures and talents to make this a successful event for the students. “We need to inform our students and their families that technical and skilled trades’ careers offer excellent wages. There’s huge opportunity to grow and you don’t need to put yourself into years of debt,” said Gina Wollner, Manager of Business Development at Bay West.

Manufacturing Day is the first event within a larger effort to educate the community on our workforce shortage and the opportunities that exist for young people.  For more information visit heavymetaltours.com.

Bay College – West Campus
2801 North US 2
Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Contact Information: Gina Wollner 906.302.3012
gina.wollner@baycollege.edu

Big Investment at Pine Mountain Resort

Under New Ownership, Four Seasons Resort to Reopen, Pine Mountain/Timberstone to Receive Multi-Million Dollar Renovations

IRON MOUNTAIN With new ownership in place, an iconic Wisconsin resort is set to reopen after being closed for several years while a popular ski and golf resort in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will receive a multi-million dollar facelift.

The Four Seasons Island Resort in Pembine Wisconsin and Pine Mountain Ski and Golf Resort are now owned by a group with extensive experience in the Midwest repositioning real estate assets, the most recent being the  Bancroft Luxury Apartment redevelopment in Saginaw Michigan which was the catalyst for over 50 million dollars in new and future investment.

Combined, the resorts represent nearly 100 jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact on the local communities.  Thousands of visitors will be drawn to the resorts each year bringing much needed outside dollars to the area, having a positive effect on local businesses, employees and the local tax base.

The resorts are located about 30 minutes apart and less than 1.5 hours from Green Bay.  Combined, the two resorts will offer year-round recreation opportunities including 27 holes of championship golf, state of the art meeting and wedding facilities, lodging for approximately 350, downhill skiing and snowboarding and fine dining to name a few.

We are extremely excited about the opportunity to operate these resorts to produce the best possible recreational experience in the Midwest, said Michael Cameron, General Manager of both resorts. New ownership remains committed to maintaining a family-friendly resort destination that can remain affordable while delivering a quality experience.  We’d like to sincerely thank the citizens of Iron Mountain and Pembine including the surrounding communities who have supported these resorts for many years.  We are fully committed to working diligently to make much needed improvements while respecting the long and amazing history of these two incredible resorts.

Four Seasons Island Resort, located on the majestic Miscauno Island, is a luxury island resort offering all-suite lodging, fine dining, spa, banquet/weddings and conference space, championship golf and world-class recreational opportunities.  The resort is located on the Menominee River and also offers access to area snowmobile and ATV trail access.

Four Season’s Boundaries Bar will be opening sometime this fall with a new and expanded outdoor deck and inside improvements. The golf course will be undergoing major improvements and is planned to reopen spring of 2019. The lodging at Four Seasons is planning on reopening to the overnight guest before January of 2019 and hopefully as early as November or December of 2018 in anticipation of a great snowmobile season.

Pine Mountain Ski and Golf Resort offers hotel and trailside lodging, fine dining, wedding and meeting space and is home to the five-star, nationally renowned TimberStone golf course.  In the winter, Pine Mountain offers 5 lifts servicing 27 downhill runs known for its snowmaking and impeccably groomed terrain.

Renovations at Pine Mountain have already begun with a completion date before the winter ski season including a total renovation to all resort rooms, common areas, wedding and meeting facilities, parking lots, outside decks and lodge facade. Also, many improvements are planned for the ski mountain and golf course with the goal of creating and improving one of the Upper Peninsulas finest ski and golf resorts.  Pine Mountain will remain open for business during all renovations and the renovations will have minimal impact on guests and Famers restaurant patrons.

Each resort has its own distinct identity and offers incredible variety for our visitors and guests.  Four Seasons is known for elegant weddings, all-suite lodging, amazing views and incredible food.  Pine Mountain is known for great skiing, world-class golf, and unmatched customer service.  Together, these resorts will offer the best of all worlds.

 

CONTACT:
Michael Cameron, General Manager
Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort
and Four Seasons Resort

mike@pinemountainresort.com
Phone: (906)-774-2747

Support your local Healthcare System

It is important to support our local Healthcare System. Check out the DCHS Community Flyer to find out how you can help!

DCHS is…
– DCHS is a County not-for-profit Hospital. We receive no tax dollars through a local millage and our future depends on our Community staying local and utilizing the services we offer.
– DCHS offers nationally acclaimed Healthcare and a wide variety of specialty services. The current administration has successfully operated and grown our health system, doubling our Medical Staff and Employment levels independent of a partnership since 1996.
– Not unlike many smaller, rural health systems throughout the nation, DCHS is experiencing lower utilization, decreasing insurance reimbursements and competition for services that are creating financial hardships and are making survival difficult.

How can you help?
– Show your U.P. pride and support your local hospital.
– Choose to utilize our services that are conveniently provided right here in our town.
– Spend your healthcare dollars locally. Money spent in this town, stays in this town. It supports our local employees and their families, maintains and creates jobs within our community and keeps our 24 hour Emergency Department fully functional.

You have the right to choose to keep your health care dollars in our community, dollars that support our families and help our local economy thrive. You have that right.

If your primary care physician tells you, you have to go out of town for services, to see a Specialist (General Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon, ENT, Urologist and others), lab work, MRI’s, you have the right to say, “I support my local hospital, I support my local physicians, I support my local community and I CHOOSE DCHS”!!!

RESIDENTIAL HOUSING TARGET MARKET ANALYSIS Dickinson County Michigan 2016

Residential Housing Target Market Analysis

Dickinson County Michigan 2016

 

Executive Summary
Through a collaborative effort among public and private stakeholders, LandUse|USA has been engaged to conduct this Residential Target Market Analysis (TMA) for the Upper Peninsula Prosperity Regions 1a, 1b, and 1c. The West Region 1a includes six counties; the Central Region 1b includes Dickinson County with five others; and East Region 1c has three counties (for a total of fifteen counties).

Together with regional contributions, this study has also been funded by a matching grant under the state’s Place-based Planning Program. The program is funded by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), and has also has the support of the Community Development division and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Regional Community Assistance Team (CATeam) specialists are available to help places become redevelopment ready.

This study has involved rigorous data analysis and modeling, and is based on in-migration into Dickinson County and each of its three cities. It is also based on internal migration within those places, movership rates by tenure and lifestyle cluster, and housing preferences among target market households. This Executive Summary highlights the results and is followed by a more complete explanation of the market potential under conservative (minimum) and aggressive (maximum) scenarios.

Maximum Market Potential – Based on the Target Market Analysis results for an aggressive scenario, there is a maximum annual market potential for up to 466 attached units throughout Dickinson County, plus 626 detached houses (for a total of 1,092 units). Among the 466 attached units, the majority of the market potential will be captured by the Cities of Iron Mountain (175 units annually), Kingsford (103 units), and Norway (92 units). Kingsford is located south and adjacent to Iron Mountain, and Norway is located about 8 miles farther east along Highway 2.

Minimum Market Potential – Dickinson County has an annual market potential for at least 263 attached units (i.e., excluding detached houses), across a range of building sizes and formats. Of these 263 attached units, 34 will be occupied by households among the upscale target markets, and 209 will be occupied by moderate target market households. The balance of 20 units will be occupied by diverse lifestyle clusters that are more prevalent in the county – and that also have lower propensities to choose attached housing formats.

There will also be 96 migrating households in Dickinson County each year seeking attached units in locations other than the three cities. Compared to other counties in the Upper Peninsula region, a large share of the market potential for Dickinson County will be generated by households choosing
to live in the surrounding townships and unincorporated places like the Quinnesec Census Designated Place (CDP). Quinnesec is located midway between Iron Mountain and Norway, with an easy commute to both places.

Complete study available at: http://www.cuppad.org/wpcontent/uploads/2015/07/1b-UP-TMA-DICKINSON-07-30-16.pdf

Contact for additional information:

Lois Ellis, Executive Director

(906) 360-4653 or Lois.Ellis@DAEDA.org

Dickinson County Healthcare System earns its 12th consecutive Leapfrog “A” Hospital Safety Grade

(Dickinson County, MI) The Leapfrog Group released its 2018 Spring Hospital Safety Grades and once again, Dickinson County Healthcare System (DCHS) has received an “A”.  The Hospital Safety Grade scores hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.  In “A” grade hospitals, patient safety is a top priority.  For twelve consecutive terms, DCHS has earned an “A” grade, making it the only UP hospital to do so.

John Schon, DCHS Administrator-CEO, said, “I am very proud that DCHS has again received an “A” Grade for Patient Safety from the Leapfrog Group!  I am also very proud that DCHS has been able to maintain our “A” Grade since the inception of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade review in 2012 and that DCHS is one of only three hospitals in the State of Michigan to have also received “Straight A’s” for Patient Safety since inception of the Leapfrog Patient Safety Grading System.  Schon went on to say “that our Medical Staff and Hospital staffs deserve all the credit due to their never-ending dedication to provide our patients the safest and highest quality patient care we can offer.  This recognition is again verification that our teams approach to patient care works and is the result of our strong physician and staff engagement in the caring for our patients.”

Strong healthcare teams reduce infection rates, put checks in place to prevent mistakes, and ensure strong lines of communication between hospital staff, patients, and families.  Some hospitals don’t have teams that work well together, or good leadership to ensure that patient safety is the number one priority. When one person makes a mistake, there isn’t a good team ready to catch that mistake. Patients can experience dangerous complications, recovery is slower, and some patients even die unnecessarily.

Many hospitals in this country have safety records that wouldn’t be tolerated in any other industry. The statistics are alarming:

  • As many as 440,000 people die every year from hospital errors, injuries, accidents, and infections
  • Every year, 1 out of every 25 patients develops an infection while in the hospital—an infection that didn’t have to happen.
  • A Medicare patient has a 1 in 4 chance of experiencing injury, harm or death when admitted to a hospital
  • Today alone, more than 1000 people will die because of a preventable hospital error

The letter grade scoring system allows consumers to quickly assess the safety of their local hospital, and choose the safest hospital to seek care.

The Safety Grade includes 27 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology has been peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety.

Leapfrog works under the guidance of an Expert Panel to select appropriate measures and develop a scoring methodology. The Expert Panel is made up of patient safety experts from across the country:

  • David Bates, M.D., Harvard University
  • Andrew Bindman, M.D., University of California, San Francisco
  • Jennifer Daley, M.D., F.A.C.P.
  • Matthew D McHugh, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H., R.N., C.R.N.P., F.A.A.N., University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Arnold Milstein, M.D., M.P.H., Stanford University
  • Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., F.C.C.M.
  • Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H., University of California, Davis
  • Sara Singer, Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Arjun Srinivasan, M.D., CAPT U.S. Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Tim Vogus, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

The Expert Panel selected 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, analyzed the data and determined the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity for improvement and impact. Information from secondary sources supplemented any missing data to give hospitals as much credit as possible toward their Safety Grade.

A hospital must have enough safety data available for our experts to issue them a letter grade. Hospitals missing more than six process measures or more than five outcome measures are not graded. All hospitals are encouraged to voluntarily report additional safety data through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, but they are not required to do so to receive a Safety Grade.

Congratulations to the DCHS Team for your consistency and commitment to excellence!

 

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About Dickinson County Health System:  Servicing Northern Wisconsin and the Central Upper Peninsula for more than 65 years, Dickinson County Healthcare System (DCHS) is a Community Hospital with a team of more than 90 active physicians and each year serves over 200,000 patients. DCHS employs more than 850 staff members, is the major employer in the Dickinson County area, and is a large contributor to the economic wellbeing of our community.  DCHS has been acknowledged by several independent healthcare analytics agencies for exceptional patient safety and services. The safety ratings are a testament to how well the hospital and its physicians care for its patients and confirm the progress towards keeping the community safe and healthy. 

Media Contacts:

For DCHS

Joe Rizzo – Public Relations Manager

w: (906) 776-5671

Joe.Rizzo@dchs.org

Loyal to Local Presentation

DICKINSON- On Tuesday, March 27, the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance hosted a Loyal to Local kick-off event. The event took place from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at Bay College West Fornetti Hall in Iron Mountain.

The Alliance’s Small Business Retention & Growth Committee has been working hard for numerous months, creating a plan to raise awareness of the impact of small businesses on our community and they needed input from the business owners. This presentation was packed full of useful information on the Loyal to Local campaign plan to spend at least $25,000 in advertising over the next 12 months.

With the alarming rate of brick and mortar stores closing across the country, something must be done to preserve our local businesses. The time is now!

Email loyaltolocal@daeda.org for more information.

For more information about the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance visit daeda.org.

 

 

The Alliance hosts Careers & Cheers

DICKINSON- On Saturday, December 23, the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance will be hosting a Careers & Cheers event. It will take place from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Bimbo’s Wine Press in Iron Mountain. There is no cost to attend!

The Alliance is inviting professionals that may be interested in moving back or currently living in the Dickinson area to a casual networking event. Careers & Cheers will provide a chance to engage with local professionals and become aware of opportunities in the community. This is an informal event and drink tickets and pizza will be provided. There will also be a drawing to win an Amazon Echo!

If you are interested in sponsoring the event or have any questions please contact Lois Ellis, The Alliance Executive Director at lois.ellis@dadeda.org.

For more information on the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance visit daeda.org.

 

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For more information contact the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance at 906.360.4653. Prepared by Kennan Marana.

 

The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance recently underwent an extensive restructuring process. The Alliance’s mission is to connect and enhance the businesses, organizations, leaders and legislators of this area.

 

More information on the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance can be found at www.daeda.org.

 

The Alliance Hires Director of Economic Development

Dickinson County – The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance  recently hired Lois Ellis as the Director of Economic Development.

Ellis has an extensive background in Economic Development in the Upper Peninsula. Her experience in economic development started in 2002, when she was hired at the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP). After 11 years at the LSCP, Lois worked as a Business Development Manager for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Most recently, she was the President of Lasco, Inc.

Lois’ background in economic development includes analyzing and solving business challenges, delivering resources to clients, managing detailed projects, and building positive relationships with clients and the community.

During her employment with the Lake Superior Community Partnership, Lois was provided the opportunity to have some of the best economic development training available. After completing her basic economic development training through the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA), she was able to continue with advanced courses and earn two key professional designations. In 2010, she was awarded her Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation and in 2011, she earned the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification. These educational opportunities armed her with the current information and best practices, economic development strategies, assistance program knowledge and broad professional network to enhance her work in economic development.

While serving the Upper Peninsula as the Business Development Manager for the MEDC, she was able to build relationships across the U.P. with local, regional, and state economic development partners and conduct visits with hundreds of companies across the region.

“While the search for a Director took longer than anticipated, it was priority for us to find a top notch candidate,” commented Russ Kassin, Chairman of the DAEDA board of directors. “It is my pleasure to introduce our new director, Lois Ellis, to the community. With her extensive economic development experience, we expect her to hit the ground running when she starts on December 4.”

For more information on the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance, visit daeda.org.

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For more information, contact the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance at 906.360.4653. Prepared by Ashley Szczepanski

 

The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance recently underwent an extensive restructuring process. The Alliance’s mission is to connect and enhance the businesses, organizations, leaders and legislators of this area.

More information on the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance can be found at www.daeda.org.