The Alliance is Hiring!


The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance is growing. We are looking for a talented individual to join the team as a part time Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

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Lake Antoine Park Partners Receive Grant


The Lake Antoine Park Partners are recipients of the 2018 Land.Water.Thrive Greenspace Enhancement Grant from The Toro Company and BOSS Snowplow. The $40,000 grant will be used to revitalize the beach and lawn areas of Lake Antoine Park. Congratulations! We are looking forward to seeing the improvements!

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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.”