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

Broadband makes bigger Strides

June 11, 2018

By Buck Love Business Retention & Growth Efforts to formalize the NLEA Broadband Consortium took a step forward following a June 4th meeting of the Emmet, Antrim, Cheboygan and Charlevoix County Commissioners that sit on the NLEA… read more

Don’t take our word for it! Using customer feedback to your advantage

June 8, 2018

By Carly Thompson Administrative/Communications Assistant When you are deciding on a product to purchase, what is your first step? Most consumers will search multiple product reviews to compare prices and features, and read customers’… read more

Plant Expansions keep jobs and families in Charlevoix County

May 23, 2018

By Buck Love, Business Retention & Growth Two expansion projects in Charlevoix County have come down the pipeline and into the hands of NLEA. Both DCL Inc. and Van Dam Marine have been approved to begin plans to expand their operations.… read more

You’re either green and growing, or ripe and rotting. Is growth a bad thing?

May 23, 2018

By Andy Hayes, President-Northern Lakes Economic Alliance I recently attended a meeting downstate where the discussion centered on how we can benefit Michigan and its communities. In typical brainstorm fashion, our large group was divided… read more

Economic Development Takes Center Stage

May 22, 2018

By Carly Thompson, Administrative/Communications Assistant NLEA welcomed over 400 elected officials and representatives from local chambers, communities, and businesses to celebrate regional economic development on Friday, May… read more

That’s Billions. With a B.

May 22, 2018

By Janet Koch, Community Development Director We all know the amazing natural resources in northern lower Michigan are an economic boon to our communities—all you have to do is look for a parking spot in July to recognize that! But the economic… read more

East Jordan Honored as a Bunch of Maniacs (And that’s a Good Thing!)

May 22, 2018

Representatives from the Community of East Jordan gather on stage to accept their award for Maniac of the Year. By Amanda Baker, Downtown Development Coordinator At Northern Lakes Economic Alliance the term “Maniac” is a badge… read more

Outdoor Spaces get Upgrades

May 22, 2018

The Village of Central Lake will soon be home to two revamped outdoor spaces. By Jessica Lovay, Office Manager/Grant Administrator The Village of Central Lake is gearing up for some outdoor space renovations this year. They have been working… read more

Manthei Veneer Rebuilds with $280,000 Award

May 16, 2018

By Hannah Sanderson, Business Attraction & Growth With a new product on the horizon and production ramping up pace, Manthei Veneer was met with a very unexpected disaster. In August of 2017, Manthei Veneer suffered the complete loss of… read more

5 Ways the Arts Impact Rural Economies

April 17, 2018

By Carly Thompson, Administrative/Communications Assistant Arts organizations contribute more to their local economies than you might realize. Within rural communities, the cultural hub of arts centers and arts industries create an… read more

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