Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance receives donation to help overcome possible county budget cuts
An Upper Peninsula alliance received a big donation that will help them overcome some serious county budget cuts. One business is putting their money back into the community.
"The Miners State Bank feels really proud to be able to be a part of this fundraising effort for the Iron County Chamber Alliance,” said Nancy Johnson, Miners State Bank Branch Manager and Vice President.
Currently, a proposed 2020 budget approves only $10,000 for the ICECA. It remains up for public review, but the organization has been planning ahead.
"We're looking at an 80 percent funding cut from [Iron County], and going forward were trying to replace that operational dollars,” said the ICECA Executive Director, Paul Schuytema.
Miners State Bank heard about the funding loss and took initiative, donating a $5,000 check to the ICECA.
"We felt our community is very, very important to all of us because we all work here and live here and having them funded, we feel is an absolutely necessary part of a vital community,” said Johnson.
The ICECA hoped to eventually receive private sector contributions, but not this soon.
"With some challenges at the county level we now have to step up our calendar and move that forward by two years, but we're off to a great start. There's a sense of optimism that this is a very doable project,” said the Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance Board President, Rick Kent.
The ICECA says this check, is a start for the future.
"It's heartwarming for us to see this level of support and enthusiasm and it's only the beginning. We're not going anywhere. We've got a lot to do,” said Schuytema.
It is also bringing the community together.
"The thing that's so exciting to me about this is that the bank is not only a great partner, but they are also a great beneficiary of what's happening and by their contribution, they're recognizing that this year they're having their best year ever in their history, and we want to see that happen among all business in Iron County,” said Kent.
Miners State Bank is now challenging other businesses throughout Iron County to invest in their community and donate.