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

DTE Energy Foundation Grant Funds Broadband Internet Project

June 6, 2017

NLEA is excited to announce two summer interns, Ross Hooley from Xavier University and Brad Berkau, a recent graduate of Michigan State University. The focus of their effort will be working with various partners including Antrim,… read more

MDARD Supports Community Projects

May 31, 2017

The Village of Ellsworth in Antrim County is in the heart of Banks Township. With a total area of 0.80 square miles, 0.08 square miles of which consists of fresh water, designing an appropriate sanitary sewer system for the 142 households poses… read more

DDA Annual Reporting Fosters Buy-in for Community Stakeholders

May 26, 2017

One of the biggest struggles any municipal entity faces is providing effective communication to their stakeholders, and Downtown Development Authorities often fall into this rabbit hole even more than others. While annual reporting has… read more

NLEA set to recreate “Hot Jobs” project for Region 3

May 26, 2017

The “Hot Jobs’ project created by the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) will return in Region 3 of Michigan this summer. To create and fill jobs in Northeast Michigan, the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments identified the… read more

NLEA Annual Luncheon – Huge Success

May 23, 2017

Biggest turn out yet. Over 750 people participated on May 19, 2017 at the Petoskey Northmen Stadium to celebrate the economic development partnerships that thrive throughout the NLEA region. Local and state government officials, community… read more

Introducing the new

May 4, 2017

MEDC Community Development (CD) has a new website “dedicated to community development and placemaking in Michigan.”

The CD team gathered content and related documents from our programs for communities, developers,… read more

The Mercado (Market) of Charlevoix

May 4, 2017

Building owner, Luther Kurtz, is putting the finishing touches on his grand vision for a redeveloped commercial space along the Van Pelt Alley in downtown Charlevoix. The three buildings he recently purchased have been underutilized for… read more

MDARD Awards Grants for Rural Communities

April 28, 2017

Congratulations to local community Village of Ellsworth on receiving grant funds from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. Their project was awarded $32,000 for infrastructure, to conduct a preliminary study… read more

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

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

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