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

Business Resource Centers—Diamonds in the Rough in our Region

September 14, 2015

Located strategically around the NLEA Region, there are ten Business Resource Centers located in nine communities. Elk Rapids District Library—Business Resource Center Primarily housed in local libraries, in partnership with your… read more

Clearing the Way for Redevelopment

August 13, 2015

  Excitement and work crews are abuzz in downtown East Jordan as demolition and debris removal kick off a redevelopment project on the corner of Main and Mill Street. The project, which will result in a two-story restaurant and two… read more

Ellsworth Uses the Power of the Community Crowdfunding to Create a New Public Park

August 13, 2015

An artist rendering of the park after phase one is complete. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Village of Ellsworth has announced a new crowdfunding campaign through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.… read more

Mobile CNC FAB LAB Provides State of the Art Training Right at Your Door!

July 20, 2015

After repeatedly hearing area manufacturers indicate the urgent need for employees with Computer Numeric Control (CNC) skills, the NLEA was anxious to find a solution.  Manufacturers as a group said they could hire 200 additional employees… read more

Redi-Rock and Petoskey Brewing Honored at Top 50 Companies Event

July 1, 2015

Ben Manthei-RediRock, Tom Erhart-NLEA, Lou Gostinger-Petoskey Brewing at Top 50 Event On May 7th Redi-Rock International of Charlevoix and Petoskey Brewing of Petoskey were honored at the Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala recognition… read more

Diversification Enables Local Magnet Manufacturer to Grow

June 5, 2015

IMI products are proudly USA M.A.D.E™ Manufactured • Assembled • Designed • Engineered. Industrial Magnets, Inc. (IMI) in Boyne City recently received local approval from Wilson Township for a 12-year tax abatement for a $1.5 million… read more

Crowdfunding for Petoskey Trail Project!

June 1, 2015

New Recreational Opportunities for Petoskey Residents and Visitors On June 1, 2015 an exciting crowdfunding campaign was kicked off by The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Northern Lakes Economic Alliance.  The campaign… read more

Walloon Lake Village Adds “Crown Jewel”

June 1, 2015

“Staycation” Destination on Walloon Lake-Hotel Walloon With the recent opening of Hotel Walloon, the first hotel lodging option along Walloon Lake in over 50, years comes to  life.  This waterfront 32 room luxury hotel features a… read more

Northwest Michigan DDA Forums

June 1, 2015

Visioning sessions lead the way to a better downtown for all. Addressing an identified need in our communities, NLEA is organizing and facilitating regular meetings for Downtown Development Authority officials in Northwest Michigan.… read more

Hear it from the expert: Mike Rowe talks about Michigan’s Skilled Trades Need

May 27, 2015

Celebrity Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs” featured in videos for Michigan Skilled Trades On May 27th, M-Live reported that “The State…at the Mackinac Policy Conference announced a partnership with Mike Rowe and his foundation, mikeroweWorks,… read more

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