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 www.daeda.org.


The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (The Alliance), an economic development organization, seeks a well-experienced and dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization in Dickinson County, Michigan. After six years in the position, the current Executive Director is retiring.

The Executive Director is the administrative officer of the organization and is responsible to the Board of Directors for a full range of activities – organizational structure and procedures; communications; budget and finance; program activities; creation and implementation of the organization’s strategic economic and community development plans.

Interested applicants can learn more and apply at daeda.hirescore.com. Applications are due no later than January 31, 2024.

Gov. Whitmer Announces 50 New Jobs as Global Building Products Manufacturer LP Building Solutions Expanding in Dickinson County

Gov. Whitmer announced the expansion of LP Building Solutions with the MEDC today. This $194 million expansion will create 50 jobs while retaining the current 151 jobs already at the site and it will be one of the largest projects supported by the MSF in the upper peninsula. With the support of a Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant, Michigan was chosen for the project over competing sites in the U.S. and Canada.

To meet growing customer demand, LP plans to convert its Sagola Township operations from the manufacture of oriented strand board to LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, a large-scale conversion project with the potential for future expansion of a second processing line, which would create additional investment and employment opportunities in the region.

“We are excited to see this significant investment in the LP Sagola facility,” said DAEDA, Executive Director, Lois Ellis. “The project will align the plant to produce a high-value product and provide 50 additional family-sustaining jobs with excellent wages and benefits for area residents.”

Read more on the MEDC website.

Employer-Based Childcare Solutions

Lake Superior Community Partnership and U.P. Michigan Works! have just recently released an Employer-Based Childcare Solutions handout to aid the U.P.-wide childcare crisis.

An interactive version of the Employer-Based Childcare Solutions handout can be downloaded here.

If you would like the infographic version, you can download that by clicking here.