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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

Encourage Commercial Redevelopment in Your Downtown

February 13, 2017


Commercial redevelopment incentives are a tool that can encourage the transformation of blighted buildings and vacant spaces where commercial buildings once stood in your downtown. Communities can take the initiative to create Commercial… read more

How DDAs Can Maximize Downtown Marketing

January 31, 2017


Few buzzwords are quite as big right now as Downtown Marketing and it’s got us all thinking, how do we make the most of what we can do to market our downtowns? Two major factors that play into any successful marketing campaign are time and money.… read more

Local Community Updates at DDA Forum

January 31, 2017


The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance and Networks Northwest teamed up to host a DDA Forum for the area on Thursday, January 26. Downtown leaders from East Jordan, Mackinaw City, Cheboygan, Kalkaska, Elk Rapids, Harbor Springs, and Bellaire… read more

NLEA Employment Opportunity

January 23, 2017

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY. Looking for a fun and meaningful new work atmosphere? Come work with the NLEA! Click image for posting.

Economic Development: Business Retention & Growth Specialist Job Posting – Flexibility, generous benefits, work-life integration, and the opportunity to help make a difference in the economic vitality of your region. This is what… read more

City of Cheboygan selected for Main Street Program

January 12, 2017


The City of Cheboygan has been announced by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to take part in the Michigan Main Street Associate Level program. Recently published by The Cheboygan Daily Tribune; ” The Michigan Economic… read more

MDARD Announces New Grant Opportunity

December 29, 2016


The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development is offering a new competitive grant program aimed to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure benefiting rural communities in Michigan.   … read more

Improvements to Camp Sea-Gull

December 27, 2016


Hayes Township in Charlevoix County recently learned that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Great Lakes Fishery Trust selected Camp Sea-Gull, the public park they own on Lake Charlevoix, to receive a total of $912,400… read more

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