YEAR IN REVIEW
LSCP Stakeholders BRAND PILLARS
As CEO, I have been writing this portion of our Annual We are the region’s leading
Report for over 20 years, which makes this year’s intro- economic development resource.
duction so bittersweet, as it will be my last. I have so
many emotions swirling around and much that I want We provide a wide variety of afford-
to say with my retirement date fast approaching. able and effective development
services — for businesses and
First, I need to introduce you to our year-end report municipalities.
showcasing many of the LSCP’s accomplishments.
While we all know that 2020 was a year for the history We help make the connections that
books, it also shined the light on why it is important to have an economic matter — between businesses, orga-
development organization in your community.
nizations, leaders and legislators.
Several accomplishments stand out in my mind:
• Record number of businesses assisted, topping 1,000 We provide a powerful legislative
• Valuable, timely and relevant communication and educational voice, advocating for programs and
resources provided to our business community; record number of policies that strengthen our regional
website and webinar usage
• Love on Local gift card program selling $250,000 (a quarter of a economy.
million!) in just six months
• Awarded $500,000 in additional EDC loan funds by the US Economic
Development Administration (EDA)
• Administration of two Michigan Economic Development Corporation
(MEDC) rounds of business support grants disbursing $927,909
I remain in awe of the LSCP staff who didn’t miss a beat going to a virtual
economic development world. They worked non-stop to make sure we
continued to serve our partners, our stakeholders and our community.
A shout out to the board of directors and officers who allowed us the ability
to make the changes necessary to function in the COVID-19 world. Your
continued support and guidance is much appreciated.
As I always say, economic development is a team sport. Nothing we do
can be accomplished without the support of our investors, partners and
stakeholders. Together we make a difference in our region and I hope the
following pages will reinforce how valuable your contributions are to the
Lastly, a heartfelt “thanks” to all of you who I have met along this journey.
Too many mentors, supporters, partners and friends to mention by
name. You took a chance on a young girl from Negaunee 24 years ago and
changed my life. It has truly been a blessing to serve as the CEO of this
amazing organization that you all have built and continue to support. I
know I am leaving with the greatest team and leadership in place to take
the LSCP to the next level.
I will leave you with my favorite Dr. Seuss quote “don’t cry because its over,
smile because it happened”.
Always be You,
Amy J. Clickner
Chief Executive Officer
1 | LAKE SUPERIOR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPERIOR &
PREMIUM LEVEL PARTNERS
Superior Partners get it all — our most valuable, extensive collection of business development services,
the ability to customize a package to fit their needs, unparalleled access, maximum influence and a seat at
the table for major decisions. We are grateful for their investment in economic development in Marquette
County. Join the true leaders of our regional economy by becoming a Superior Partner.
The Premium Partner package is ideal for businesses
branching out and looking to expand their community involvement and scope.
AMERICAN TRANSMISSION COMPANY SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY
CHAMPION, INC. THE MINING JOURNAL
ENVOY AIR, INC. TRIMEDIA ENVIRONMENTAL &
MARQUETTE ALGER RESA ENGINEERING SERVICES, LLC
MARQUETTE BOARD OF LIGHT & POWER UP HEALTH SYSTEM - BELL
RANGE BANK UPPER PENINSULA POWER COMPANY
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2020 IN NUMBERS
The LSCP provides a full range of business development services that address the challenges and opportunities
that businesses face in all stages of their development. The economic development team works collaboratively
with public and private sector partners in assisting our business development clients.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT RECAP
OVERALL CLIENTS 5 Year 10 Year 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Total Total 1,053 501 491 422 461
2,928 4,587 107
RETENTION CLIENTS 2,444 3,596 936 423 404 336 9
START-UP CLIENTS 406 797 106 64 63 66 13,378
ATTRACTION CLIENTS 81 184 11 14 27 20
JOBS PROJECTED 4,379 9,156 836 1,359 1,372 359
JOBS IMPACTED 59,655 100,418 14,529 12,937 9,835 8,976
JOBS RETAINED 1,684 1,893 1,527 0 0 135
1,053 975 489 32 78 34
GENERAL BUSINESS RETENTION OF COVID-19 BUSINESS PLAN BUSINESS SITE LOCATION
DEVELOPMENT/ EXISTING RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT FINANCIING SERVICES
27 67 ADVOCACY 12 42
MARKETING TALENT ASSISTANCE SUCCESSION DATA & RESEARCH
ASSISTANCE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
1,053 MORE THAN DOUBLE
THE NUMBER OF CLIENTS
TOTAL CLIENTS SERVED IN 2019
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2020 DISTRIBUTION OF CLIENTS DEVELOPMENT STAGE
OF BUSINESS SERVED
22% of population - 230 clients
67% of population - 704 clients 89%
8% of population - 81 clients RETENTION/
Non-region Specific: EXSISTING
38 Clients (3%) BUSINESS
POPULATION % of change 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
from ‘16 to ‘20 66,691*
66,481* 66,272* 66,477* 66,426*
PROPERTY TAX 8.4% $96,613,799 $92,276,034 $91,349,159 $89,407,925 $89,155,700
15.3% N/A*** $55,148** $54,779** $49,008** $51,275**
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD N/A*** $27,979 $26,982 $26,374 $24,275
PER CAPITA INCOME
MEDIAN HOME SALES 25.5% $170,000 $165,000 $149,500 $137,500 $135,500
NUMBER OF HOME 902 832 875 816 819
* Numbers are based on projection. Subject to change based on actual conditions.
** Wide margin of error +/- $3K based on small sample size
*** Data lags by one year
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
The LSCP provides support and staff to the Economic 6 2020 CLIENTS
Development Corporation (EDC) of Marquette
County, who holds and administers a revolving loan $320,000
fund to provide capital to businesses not served by
traditional lending sources. IN LOAN PROCEEDS
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The LSCP works hard as a resource for talent enhancement and workforce development
programs as it directly relates to our mission to stimulate and sustain a vibrant regional economy
by facilitating economic growth and prosperity.
This tool can analyze your region’s alumni and take talent attraction and retention to another level. It is
compiled of a database of over 100 million online professional profiles in the U.S. to allow you to have a
deeper insight into your available workforce.
An overview of an occupation with data related to jobs, earnings, programs, demographics and much more!
JOB OF THE WEEK
In 2020, we featured 54 LSCP partner job openings on social media and on the “Working Here” tab of our
website. This is a benefit that is offered to LSCP partners.
TALENT DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER
Our talent newsletter continues to feature job postings, training opportunities, helpful resources and useful
articles. Have a job posting or want to share a resource? Let us know!
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE)
The CTE committee continues to work hard to increase, improve and promote CTE opportunities. The CTE
Magazine has gone digital. The online format has made reaching high school students easier throughout
the Marquette and Alger Counties.
ELECTRICAL LINE TECHNICIAN SCHOOL
This program is a partnership between Northern Michigan University, the Midwest Skills Development
Center and the LSCP Foundation. In the 17 years since the program was established, they have worked on
many community projects throughout Marquette County. To date, over 526 students have graduated from
• Government Relations Committee adopted the (2019- • U.P. 200 Legislative Luncheon
2020) State and Federal Policy Agendas • 62 Government Networking Visits
• Michigan Good Jobs for Michigan Coalition Member • Rural Affairs and Development (RAAD) Coalition Press
• Economic Development Leaders for Michigan Event
Member • Marquette County Ambassadors
• Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Member
• State of the State Lunch • U.P. 200 Legislative Reception (approximately 150
• Small Business Association of Michigan Member in attendance)
• Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition Member • Lansing Fall Trip (14 Meetings)
• Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA)
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LSCP POLICY ISSUES
The Lake Superior Community Partnership is committed to representing our community and partners when it comes to
legislation and regulations that affect industries in our region and may affect our overall economy. We are the advocate;
the “eyes, ears and voice” for Marquette County business by tracking proposed legislation, educating our partners and
communicating our position on issues of concern for the business climate in Marquette County to legislators and staff.
Task forces and board recommendations guide our positions.
Bill/Item Description Neutral/ Passed/
Rural Affairs and The RAAD Coalition was formed by the LSCP, InvestUP and the Northern Michigan Chamber Opposed Process
Development Alliance on the premise that many rural areas have been even slower to recover from the Support Passed
(RAAD) Coalition recession, and nearly all are losing population, especially in key workforce age demographics.
Many of the programs and incentives the state uses to target and grow major business are Support Passed
not well suited for rural communities and business. They have proposed a cabinet level posi- Passed
tion to be created to focus on rural areas. Support In Process
SB 752 Timely restoration of Going PRO Talent Fund Monies. This talent fund provides competitive Support
awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retraining current and newly hired
SB 493 & SB 494 These bills amend the Commercial Rehabilitation Act to prohibit a new exemption from being
granted after December 31, 2025. The Act provides the establishment of commercial rehabili-
tation districts and the owners to apply for certificates that once awarded would exempt them
from property taxes and instead have them pay a commercial rehabilitation tax.
City of Ishpeming City of Ishpeming’s Tennis Court and Trail Project to improve recreational space and increase
Playground Park access to the existing trail system.
MDNR Trust Fund
CARES Act Amending CARES ACT legislation considered by Congress to include all nonprofit organiza- Support Passed
Funding tions, eliminating match requirements for EDA grants/loans; support medical equipment and Failed
pharmaceutical manufacturing; develop, fund and implement a robust public health scheme.
HB5458-5462 Modify the current confidentiality component for businesses seeing funds and grants from the Opposed
Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Behavior Educa- Initiative to expand Applied Behavioral Analysis service capacity throughout the Upper Penin- Support In Process
tion Assessment sula. Support Passed
Research Center Support Passed
Support for Rural Request to begin the methodical and safe progression of the reopening of non-urgent and
Hospitals to emergent procedures in Upper Peninsula hospitals.
Continuity of Continuation of processing permits for environmental, developmental and construction proj-
permitting during ects during the pandemic.
Great Lakes Support for the proposed concrete-walled tunnel to be placed below the lakebed, reducing Support In Process
Tunnel Permit the risk of a spill in the Straits to zero.
Reappointment of Victoria Enyart to the tribunal. The reappointment will continue a trajectory Opposed Passed
Michigan Tax of lost revenue for our local municipalities with the Dark Store theory.
HB 6030-6032 Legislation to make necessary changes to the MI Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSHA) Support Passed
and codify employment protections for workers. Additionally would provide business owners
HB 6123 assurance they won’t be subject to frivolous lawsuits and excessive liability as they reopen Failed
Renewable during the pandemic. In Process
Prevents businesses from an increase to the taxable wage limit of employment assessment Support
being applied when the funds dip below $2.5 billion during the pandemic.
Renewable energy projects that meet or exceed the regulatory and permitting requirements Support
while working in concert with local communities.
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HOW WE ADAPTED IN 2020
Due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the LSCP’s in-person events were cancelled after March.
The LSCP team directed all of their energy into providing up to date, accurate resources for the business
community. While we still celebrated a ribbon cutting here and there (24 to be exact), 2020 looked mighty
different from previous years.
The LSCP staff pivoted seamlessly to working remotely and supporting businesses virtually. Communication
and education were key components of our outreach strategy, which included:
• Business Restart Toolkit, Crisis Checklist, Business Hibernation Toolkit, Reopen Preparedness and a
Business Resiliency Guide
• Sending email blasts with timely information on regulatory and program updates
• Enhancing website resources were enhanced to provide the most up-to-date informa-
tion, resources and tools; usage increased by 38%
• Hosting numerous webinars and educational activities; with a 176% increased in
registrants over 2019
•Assisting 320 businesses in the MEDC grant process that granted 208 recipients, a
total of $927,909 in Marquette County
A significant accomplishment achieved was the launch of the Love on Local gift card
program in June. This program was to promote shopping at ALL local small businesses and
to help restart our local economy. By year end, gift card sales reached over $250,000!
The Lake Superior Community Partnership Foundation’s Chairman’s Circle provides an opportunity to join other visionary
leaders making economic development in Marquette County a top priority. Together we can create greater capacity and
achieve a higher level of success for today and future generations. Exclusive benefits and discounts are available to this
group. Each investment is tax deductible and will be applied to the LSCP Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation.
Acuitas, LLC Marquette Board of Light & Power
Advanced Center for Orthopedics & Plastic Surgery mBank
AT&T Northern Michigan University
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Range Bank
Champion, Inc. SEMCO ENERGY Gas Company
Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc. TriMedia Environmental & Engineering Services, LLC
Deb Muchmore Consulting
UP Health System - Marquette
Eagle Mine Upper Peninsula Health Plan
Enbridge, Inc. Upper Peninsula Power Company
Integrated Designs, Inc.
Iron Range Agency VAST
Wolverine Power Cooperative
7 | LAKE SUPERIOR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
20% 29% DUES
GOVERNMENT FEES FOR SERVICE
12% 5% CONTRACTS
8% 26% FUNDRAISING & SERVICES
GRANTS & OTHER
54% 22% MARKETING & MEMBER SERVICES
GOVERNMENT SERVICE FEES 37,162
FUNDRAISING & SERVICES 175,780
REGIONAL PARTNERS 55,500
GRANTS & OTHER 79,141
MARKETING & MEMBER SERVICES $677,773
TOTAL EXPENSE 160,162
NET INCOME 367,033
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LSCP PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Amy Clickner Sue Heliste COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Chief Executive Officer Controller At the LSCP, we believe it is important to give back to our
community. Below is a list of the ways we stay involved.
• Connect Marquette members
• Evergreen Award selection committee
• Lake Superior Leadership Academy
• Marquette Breakfast Rotary
• Economic Club of Marquette County
• TruNorth Credit Union associate board member and
• Career Technical Education committee
• Western Marquette County Health Foundation board member
• Regional Prosperity Initiative Advisory board
• Accelerate UP Resource Board member
• Upper Peninsula Collaborative Development Council
• Big Brother Big Sisters
• Marquette West Rotary
• UP 200 Volunteer
Mary Myers Ashley Szczepanski ORGANIZATION CREDENTIALS
Director of Business Director of Marketing The LSCP strives to stay educated and informed. Below is a
Development list of certifications our staff members have and awards/
designations we’ve achieved:
Brooke Quinn Emily Tardiff
• Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO)
Business Development Marketing Coordinator since 2011
• Certified Economic Developers (CeCD)
Outreach Coordinator • Certified Fund Raising Manager (CFM)
• Certified Economic Gardening Specialist
• Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA)
• Board Member, Past Secretary, Past President
• Economic Modeling Specialists International Certification
• Certified Local Labor Market Information User
• International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
• Board Member
• Governance Committee
• Planning and Business Development Committee Chair
• Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP)
• Past Chair
• Certified Business Solutions Professional
• Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP)
• IMPLAN Specialist
• MEDA Mike Conboy Professional Development Award 2019
Dickinson Area Economic
(Based in Dickinson County)
7 | LAKE SUPERIOR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OFFICERS INVESTOR RELATIONS DIVISION
BRETT FRENCH SELECT REALTY
UPPER PENINSULA POWER COMPANY TRUSTEES
MICHAEL FEDRIZZI BELL FINANCIAL
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MICHIGAN BRYAN DEAUGUSTINE
NICE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
ROXANNE DAUST RICK RHOADES
SECRETARY FLOURISH FINANCIAL PARTNERS
SUPERIOR REHABILITATION & PROFESSIONAL
DIRECTORS TOM MOGUSH
MARQUETTE COUNTY COMMISSION MEAGEN MORRISON
CTE COMMITTEE GREGORY NYEN
CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP CHRISTIAN PALOMAKI
MARQUETTE COUNTY DON RYAN
THE RYAN REPORT - TV6
CITY OF NEGAUNEE STEVEN SALYER
UP HEALTH SYSTEM - MARQUETTE
RETIRED JESSE SCHRAMM
MICHIGAN REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS RUTH SOLINSKI
UPPER PENINSULA HEALTH PLAN SHANNON WHITEHOUSE
IRON RANGE AGENCY STEPHANIE ZADROGA- LANGLOIS
NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
THE LAKE SUPERIOR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP'S MISSION IS TO STIMULATE
AND SUSTAIN A VIBRANT REGIONAL ECONOMY BY FACILITATING ECONOMIC
GROWTH AND PROSPERITY.
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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF
MICHIGAN FOR SUPPORTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT!