Upper Peninsula, Iron County featured in international magazine

Delta Sky Magazine distributed to airline passengers worldwide

IRON RIVER — Delta Sky Magazine, an internationally distributed publication with more than 5.8 million monthly readers, has completed a 60-page feature on the Upper Peninsula that will run in its December issue.

The profile highlights the diverse opportunities the U.P. has to offer, including an increasingly friendly business climate, natural beauty and abundant recreational opportunities, rich cultural environment, and reasonable cost of living. Among the many highlighted destinations around the region is Iron County.

The feature opens with the heading “Welcome to Paradise,” that leads directly into a short story on Iron County’s Kay Anderson.

Anderson has lived in many places throughout the U.S. and abroad, and now lives in Iron County while working remotely.

“It’s kind of an undiscovered paradise,” she said in the article. “We’ve had people come visit us from all over the place, and they are always flabbergasted that it’s as wonderful as it is.”

Another Iron County resident referenced is Paul Schuytema, executive director of the Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance, who spoke to Delta Sky about the accessibility of nature.

“I can step out of my house and in 70 feet on I’m the Cooks Run River, one of the five blue-ribbon trout streams up here,” he said. “That’s where we live. It’s our backyard — and it’s affordable.”

The profile covers a variety of locations from across the region, from the Porcupine Mountains to Pictured Rocks to the Soo Locks. Interspersed with the editorial content are a number of eye-catching ads and photos, including a full page spotlighting Iron County.

“This is literally a once-in-a-decade opportunity to tell folks all over the world about our amazing Iron County,” Schuytema said. “We were fortunate that local businesses stepped up with us to craft a visually stunning page, and we’re so fortunate to have an incredibly easy-to-remember web address in iron.org.”

The Alliance coordinated with Angeli Foods, George Young Recreational Complex, Iron County Lodging Association, and Aspirus Iron River Hospital and Clinics to create the full-page Iron County presence in the issue.

The magazine will hit the pocket of every seat on every Delta flight worldwide this month, just in time for the massive holiday travel rush.

“The Delta Sky feature is an exciting and encouraging example of a regional, U.P.-wide effort at economic, workforce, and tourism development,” Schuytema said. “We are proud of Iron County, and determined to make sure we stay at the regional table and contribute to this effort. By all of us working together on the levels of our individual communities, as a county and as a region, we’re confident that we can keep seeing these signs of progress and growth.”

The Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance is a Michigan 501(c)(6) non-profit, tax-exempt organization and is governed by a local board of trustees. Funding for the Alliance comes from the support of many of Iron County’s governmental units, private businesses, as well grant funding.

The mission of the Alliance is to develop and steward a spirit of economic vitality that results in Iron County becoming a center of collaboration, innovation, investment, and entrepreneurial opportunity.