Brian Baccus Joins KEDA Board: The Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance has appointed Brian Baccus, owner of Peninsula Powder Coating in Baraga to its board of directors. Baccus began PPC in 2003 to provide powder coating of industrial and agricultural equipment, architectural components and other materials. The company’s has expanded its Baraga facilities twice to its current 34,000 square feet, and serves such customers as Caterpillar, Barko, Pettibone, Silvan Industries and forty other customers in the Upper Midwest. The company is ISO certified and employes 15 people. It is a member of the Superior Suppliers Network, a group of Baraga companies that market their joint production capabilities. Peninsula Powder Coating was KEDA’s 2006 New Business of the Year, and in 2007 was recognized as one of Michigan’s fifty fastest growing young companies by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. Other KEDA Board members include: Jim Baker, MTU office of Technology & Economic Development; Brian Helminen, Designotype Printers; Bob Mark, MTU Institute for Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship; Chuck Nelson, Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital; Dave Olsson, The Marketing Department; Steve Palosaari, Superior National Bank, Glen Simula, GS Engineering; and Phil Musser, KEDA Executive Director. KEDA is a private, non-profit, economic development organization that helps grow local companies and jobs in Keweenaw, Houghton and Baraga Counties by helping local entrepreneurs start up new companies, existing companies to expand and by attracting companies to the Keweenaw. KEDA provides hands-on assistance including business plans, project feasibility, financing, professional development seminars and employee training, and other assistance. For more information, contact Phil Musser at 906-482-6817 or via e-mail at  

Merit’s Don Welch Named Vice Chair of Internet2 Advisory Council: Don Welch, president and CEO of Ann Arbor-based Merit Network Inc., has been named vice chair of Internet2’s External Relations Advisory Council, which is responsible for advising Internet2’s Board and management on matters of policy, standards, and strategies in the context of industry, government, and international relations. Welch was elected to a three-year term on the Council in March 2010 and has served as a Regional Network Representative. Internet2 is the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium. Led by the research and education community since 1996, Internet2 promotes the missions of its members by providing both leading-edge network capabilities and unique partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies. Merit Network, a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities, owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations. For more information:

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