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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

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

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

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

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