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Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities – Port Huron

October 28, 2016

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This past October, Port Huron, MI was the host for the two day Michigan State University Extension Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) Conference.  There were 138 people in attendance from two countries, five states, 27 counties… read more

State Awards Grants for Infrastructure

October 27, 2016


The Village of Central Lake and the City of Cheboygan both recently received Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement (ICE) grants from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for upgrades to existing water and sewer systems.… read more

What is Vocational Training and Where Did It go?

October 24, 2016

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Airman 1st Class Jonathan Trammell welds a part on the remodeled mortuary transfer vehicle.  Airmen from the metal technology shop here redesigned the inside of the truck to increase the capacity from two to six transfer cases.  Airman Trammell is assigned to the 436th Equipment Maintenance Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo by William M. Plate Jr.)

Vocational training is training for a specific career or trade, excluding the professions. This training focuses on practical applications of skills learned, and is generally unconcerned with theory or traditional academic skills. A … read more


The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is a public/private non-profit organization serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Counties in Michigan.  Established in 1984, the NLEA mission is to serve as a resource to local communities and businesses to retain and create jobs. Read our story…

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