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

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NLEA History

Past NLEA Presidents and Past Board Chairs              

Richard Beagle
Coordinator

1984-1989

 

Tom Johnson
Executive Director

1990-2005

 

Andy Hayes
President

2005-Present

 

 
Josh Barnes, Chair
Charlevoix County Business
and Industry Task Force
1984-1985
Randy Frykberg, Chair
Antrim-Charlevoix
Growth Alliance
1985-1986

Larry Trumble
Charlevoix County Business & Industry Task Force
1986-1987

Richard Wieland, Chair
Antrim-Charlevoix
Growth Alliance
1987
 
Susan VanWieren, Chair
Antrim-Charlevoix Growth
Alliance; Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
1988-1990

Jim Wibby, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
1991

Peter Garwood, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
1992
 

Robert M. Boldrey, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
1993-1994
 

Mike Hansen, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
1995-1996
 

Mike Hills, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
1997-1998

Pete Garwood
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
1999-2000

Dan Hoggard, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
2001-2002

 

Rick Diebold, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
2003-2005

Brian Braddock, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
2006-2008

Keith Williams, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
2009

Jim Conboy, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
2010

Don Voisin, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
2011

Stephanie Baldwin, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
2012
 Sue Eno

Sheridan Rhoads, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
2013

Steve Rawlings, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
2014

Sue Eno, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
2015

   

Randy Frykberg, Chair
Northern Lakes
Economic Alliance
2016

   

Timeline of Significant Events:

  • 1984 Charlevoix County Business & Industry Task Force formed
  • 1985 Antrim County joins. New name is Antrim-Charlevoix Growth Alliance 
  • 1988 Emmet County joins. New name is Northern Lakes Economic Alliance
  • 1990 Business Development Center (BDC) opened at NCMC, Petoskey
  • 1992 MSU Extension partnership formalized
  • 1995 NLEA receives 501(c)3 private non-profit status
  • 1997 Northern Homes Community Development Corp. formed in partnership with the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments
  • 2000 Value-Added Agriculture Program initiated
  • 2001 Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) partnership established
  • 2001 NLEA enters formal partnership with MSU Extension
  • 2001 Partnership formed with the Char-Em ISD
  • 2002 NLEA becomes a satellite Small Business & Technology Development Center (sbTdc)
  • 2005 1st Business Resource Center (BRC) established in the Boyne District Library, Boyne City
  • 2005 NLEA Chamber of Commerce Council organized
  • 2006 Partnership formed with Northwest Michigan Council of Governments
  • 2007 Cheboygan County joins the NLEA
  • 2007 NLEA Entrepreneurial Division formed
  • 2012 Business Resource Center Network grows to 10 locations throughout the four county region
  • 2013 North Central Michigan College (NCMC) becomes a “Core Partner”
  • 2014 NLEA Celebrates 30th Anniversary
  • 2014 Another site is added to the Business Resource Center Network at North Central Michigan College Library
  • 2014 NLEA, in collaboration with core partners NCMC and MEDC, rolls out first Mobile CNC Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab) in Michigan to train local workforce.

NLEA Annual Reports Available

Click here to view/print NLEA Annual Reports for a detailed review of impacts and projects throughout the region.

Core Partners