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

Downtown Charlevoix Redevelopment

April 21, 2017


There has been lots of activity going on around the Van Pelt Alley in downtown Charlevoix. This redevelopment project includes three buildings along Bridge St and the Van Pelt Alley. Here is a video by owner Luther Kurtz giving a behind the scenes… read more

NLEA’s Newest Summer Interns

April 17, 2017

Sydney Smith and Amanda Fischer, NLEA's latest summer interns.

NLEA is excited to announce the two summer interns; Sydney Smith from Ball State University and Amanda Fischer from Central Michigan University.  The focus of their work will be working with various partners including Northeast… read more

NLEA Annual Luncheon Keynote Speaker is…

April 14, 2017


Football great, broadcaster and entrepreneur Jon Jansen will be the keynote speaker for the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance Annual Luncheon, May 19, 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Petoskey Northmen Football Stadium.
A multi-sport High… read more

Recruiting and Retaining a Skilled Workforce Survey

April 10, 2017

NLEA and partners will complete a marketing project this summer highlighting 
“Hot Jobs” in the region thanks to a grant from DTE Energy Foundation.

Please take a quick 5 Minute Survey about Recruiting and Retaining a Skilled Workforce in Northern Michigan A significant hurdle organizations often face in our region is recruiting and retaining… read more

2016 NLEA Annual Activities Report

April 5, 2017


Thank you to all our members, investors, and supporters for being part of another successful year. The NLEA Board and staff truly appreciate your support of economic development and the wonderful businesses, entrepreneurs, community members… read more

Small Grants Can Make Big Impacts in Downtown

March 28, 2017

The Odd Fellows Building on Water Street in Boyne City has been the recipient of a facelift thanks to Façade Improvement Grant Funding.

Elk Rapids is looking forward to a pretty significant facelift this spring with four downtown buildings receiving Community Development Block Grant funding through the MEDC for façade improvements. This projects brings over $425,000… read more

Village of Bellaire Approves Tax Abatements

March 28, 2017

Village of Bellaire approves two tax abatements for Crusecom Technology Services, LLC

The Village of Bellaire, Crusecom Technology Services, LLC and Northern Lakes Economic Alliance representatives have been working since October 2016 towards the approval of two tax abatements: Public Act 210- Commercial Rehabilitation… read more

Learn tools and resources to help entrepreneurs in your town!

March 27, 2017


Save the date (Oct 4-5, 2017) in Howell Michigan for the annual state-wide Michigan State University Extension Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) Conference. This extremely fun and productive conference regularly attracts… read more

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 on Friday, May 19th. This state of the art facility will play host to our tailgate style gathering of over 700 of our closest friends and colleagues… read more

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