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

Volunteer Program Promotes Financial Literacy and Community Assets

August 1, 2017

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) has teamed up with the Michigan Non-Profit Association (MNA) and local partners: the Village of Central Lake, Armor Express, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation (GTRCF), and the Michigan… read more

Business Incubators, Launch Pads, and Pop-Ups, Oh My!

July 20, 2017

Entrepreneurs know it’s tough to get started, and breaking into a new market can be a hard sell. The good news is, options are “popping up” all over to help alleviate some of those initial growing pains and launch a new business toward success.… read more

LEAN Champion Program Coming to Northern Michigan

July 18, 2017

Build your organization’s internal lean capacity as a Lean Champion and learn how to facilitate continuous improvement projects in your workplace. This six-month training will include tools for facilitating change, seeing waste… read more

ALICE Training Opportunity

July 10, 2017

The Boyne City Police Department and the ALICE Training Institute have teamed up to bring ALICE Instructor Training to Boyne City at the new City Hall on August 1st and 2nd.  This two day instructor course is designed to teach proactive… read more

Workforce Challenges Survey

July 7, 2017

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is assisting a Strategic Initiative that is underway in the region to focus on the attraction and retention of a qualified workforce to meet the human resource needs of businesses in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. … read more

Travel Assistance Awarded to Support Manufacturing Completion Camp

July 3, 2017

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is excited to present $500.00 in travel assistance to four (4) northern Michigan students in support of their Manufacturing Technology, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) completion camp through North Central… read more

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

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