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

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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

The LSCP and The Alliance Announce Collaboration

The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) and Dickinson Area EDA (DAEDA) are pleased to announce the signing of a formal collaborative agreement between the two entities that will have the LSCP providing economic development services and support to the DAEDA staff and board of directors.

“Our board and community stakeholders have worked diligently over the last 15 months to develop a plan and garner the necessary resources to take economic development in our county to the next level,” stated Russ Kassin, DAEDA Chairman. “We are fortunate to have been able to work with the team at the LSCP whose credentialed and experienced staff will play a significant role in our economic development activities.”

Dickinson County began their journey in early 2016 with the retirement of their EDA Director, Bruce Orttenburger. Since that time the board and a host of public and private sector leaders have worked tirelessly to create the new organization, focused on business retention and expansion that is funded primarily by private sector companies.

The DAEDA goals include: talent attraction, retention and development, retention and growth of the current business climate, education stimulus, improvement of county infrastructure and promotion of county/regional brand.

“It has been a pleasure for my staff, board and me to build a relationship with the folks in Dickinson County who have common goals and objectives,” commented Amy Clickner, CEO of the Lake Superior Community Partnership. “This grassroots collaboration is built on a foundation of trust and the ability to see the value of maximizing limited resources to ensure a strong economic future for Marquette and Dickinson counties. This is a historic moment in U.P. economic development. ”

For more information or to invest in the Dickinson Area EDA, go to or the Lake Superior Community Partnership at

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For more information contact the Lake Superior Community Partnership at 906-226-6591. Prepared by Ashley Szczepanski.
The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) is the region’s leading resource for economic development, providing a wide variety of affordable and effective development services. The LSCP helps our partners make the connections that matter – between businesses, organizations, leaders and legislators, and provides a powerful legislative voice for programs and policies that strengthen our regional economy. More information on the Lake Superior Community Partnership can be found at