Next-Level Career Magazine 2024

2024 Skilled Trade Career Paths Magazine

The Dickinson County Talent & Education Taskforce is excited to release this year’s Next-Level Career Magazine! With the hope of reaching future professionals within and outside of Dickinson County, this magazine was designed for students, teachers, educators, and anyone interested in pursuing a career-oriented future.

Learn about the different career paths, programs, and value career and technical education bring as you scroll through this publication. The 2024 Next-Level Career Magazine will touch on programs from DIISD and Bay College Iron Mountain, as well as provide you with the knowledge of post-education professional opportunities and experiences from local students.

If you’re interested in learning more about Skilled Trade Career Paths, contact Mary Meyers, Executive Director of the DAEDA.

Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance welcomes Mindy Meyers as its new executive director

Mindy Meyers Executive Director of the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance

Iron Mountain, Mich., (March 27, 2024) – The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance is pleased to announce its new executive director, Mindy Meyers.

“Mindy has demonstrated leadership in community development during her tenure as program director of the Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority, paired with her knowledge of the local community and her enthusiasm for continued growth in the area, made her the ideal candidate,” remarked Tony Edlebeck, chair of The Alliance. “We are confident Mindy will work hard to continue the successful growth and development of the area as Lois passes the torch.”

“It has truly been a pleasure working with the community and businesses in the Dickinson area,” remarked Lois Ellis. “Together, we have accomplished so much, and I look forward to seeing the area continue to develop under Mindy’s leadership.”

The organization is committed to a smooth leadership transition. Ellis and Meyers have been working together over several weeks to successfully transfer the ongoing work of the Alliance task force groups and all active projects. The overlap period allows for time to introduce Meyers to the Alliance Investors and the existing network of resource partners. Our focus remains strong, and we plan to build upon the collaborative foundation of our organization as we move through this leadership transition.The Alliance executive director is the administrative officer of the organization and is responsible to the Board of Directors for a full range of activities, such as organizational structure and procedures, communications, budget and finance, program activities, and the creation and implementation of the organization’s strategic economic and community development plans.

About the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance
The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (The Alliance) is the leader in stimulating economic development in the Dickinson County area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Alliance joins business, industry, education, government, and community organizations to grow the region’s economy by retaining, recruiting, and growing talent for our growing employer base as well as promoting business retention & expansion, government relations & advocacy, and infrastructure & housing development. Through marketing & branding efforts, The Alliance tells the unique story of a robust community in which to live and work. The Alliance is a 501c6 with 80% of its funding from private-sector employers. For more information about The Alliance, visit

2023 Dickinson EDA Fall Update

Each year in September, we take the opportunity to share the progress of our various task force groups and initiatives thus far in the year. We are delighted to report that significant strides have been made, and there is a positive momentum that will keep us focused for the remainder of 2023. The update includes highlights from each of the  strategic task force including: Government Relations and Advocacy, Marketing and Branding, Small Business Retention and Growth, Infrastructure and Housing Development, Talent and Education, and Link U.P.

Read the full update here: 2023 Dickinson EDA Fall Update

Central UP Regional Housing Partnership’s Draft Action Plan Review

Are you concerned about housing availability and affordability in the Central Upper Peninsula? The  Central UP Regional Housing Partnership’s Draft Action Plan is available for public review. The draft action plan aligns with Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s Statewide Housing Plan to address this issue in Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee, and Schoolcraft Counties.

Your input is crucial. Help us make a difference in our communities by reviewing the draft action plan by September 29th, 2023, 12:00 PM Eastern time. Access the Draft Action Plan and share your thoughts through our feedback survey.