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

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    2015 Annual Luncheon

    700 people gathered on May 20, 2015 to celebrate the partnerships that thrive throughout the NLEA region. Local and state government officials, community and business leaders, area entrepreneurs, chamber members, and everyone involved in the economic vitality of our region were present for networking and celebration.

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    Over $430,000 training fund dollars awarded in the NLEA region

    In the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance’s (NLEA) four county region twelve companies have been awarded training funds. For a combined total of $ 430,803 these dollars will help bring a skilled workforce to the area.

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    Boyne Area to Receive $328,000 in Grant Funding

    Boyne City, Boyne Valley Township and Boyne Mountain received good news recently that their grant application was successful. They will receive $328,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to make infrastructure improvements.

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    NLEA CNC Scholarships Awarded

    This past fall the NLEA announced a Scholarship Program for students who were enrolled in a high school or college CNC program that utilizes the new Manufacturing CNC Fab Lab at NCMC. Thanks to a generous donation by Triune Specialty Trailers, the manufacturer of NCMC's Fab Lab, the NLEA was able to set up this scholarship fund.

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    Michigan Business Network Radio Hosted by Andy Hayes

    Northern Lakes Economic Alliance; President, Andy Hayes interviews experts on timely topics to put the spotlight on several business leaders who are making a difference in their communities.

Economic Forecast by Andy Hayes

Click on image for a video produced by Pierpont Productions for the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce State of the Community Report.

The Mobile CNC FAB LAB is Available to Provide State of the Art CNC Training Right at Your Door!


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 right away, if they could find individuals with CNC skills and many jobs were going unfilled.

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance has lead efforts to assemble a group of our top business, educational, community and government leaders to develop a plan to bring a resource like a CNC Mobile Lab to our region.  This group became the Manufacturing Advisory Team and has been a fantastic example of what can be accomplished when a collaborative approach is taken to find a solution to a challenge. 

The success of the FAB LAB will be measured by how well we provide the skills needed by our manufacturers, how many students are trained and result in high-paying manufacturing jobs and finally how much the manufacturing industry expands in our four county region.  High school students from Pellston, East Jordan and Central Lake are poised to take classes in the FAB LAB as well as on-site training scheduled for employees at Precision Edge, Moeller Aerospace and EJ.  Additionally, the FAB LAB will showcase modern manufacturing to students, parents, communities and visitors with appearances at a variety of events. 

Click here to find out how you can obtain CNC training utilizing the FAB LAB!

FAB LAB Information Flyer.pdf

Dale Carnegie Training Courses Being Offered Through NLEA at a Discount


Save BIG and become more effective at what you do! Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is now providing you with 10% savings on any Live Online Dale Carnegie course.  Dale Carnegie LIVE online courses are delivered by a certified instructor, providing the most effective, engaging training from the convenience of your home or office.  Sessions are collaborative, interactive, and help you earn CEUs or credits toward various recertification programs. Click here for more information.