Providing resources for communities and entrepreneurs to create and retain jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan & Emmet Counties.

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Elk Rapids Preparing for Investment

March 21, 2017

Four buildings in downtown Elk Rapids will be receiving face-lifts with owner investments and matching grants.

The Village of Elk Rapids has been working over the past months with owners of four (4) downtown buildings, and representatives from NLEA and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to complete the necessary applications and… read more

2017 NLEA Annual Luncheon-Save the Date

March 10, 2017


The NLEA is excited to present this year’s Annual Lunch in the new Petoskey Northmen Stadium. This state of the art facility will play host to our tailgate style gathering of over 700 of our closest friends and colleagues from across the… read more

From Brownfield to Grocery Store

March 3, 2017


It all began like any good community development project should, with multiple partners around the table brainstorming a win-win scenario for helping a challenging project move forward. The project at hand involved property with two blighted… 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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