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    Mobile CNC FAB LAB Available to Provide Training

    Providing CNC training at public schools, private companies, Michigan Works and higher education institutions throughout Emmet, Charlevoix, Cheboygan & Antrim counties. For employee training at your business or to request the FAB LAB for a special event contact Tom Erhart (NLEA) at

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    East Jordan Receives Planning Grant Funds

    The City of East Jordan recently received approval from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for a wastewater treatment plan application prepared with assistance from NLEA staff.

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    Short’s Brewing Company Continues to Grow

    Short’s Brewing Company is initiating expansion plans in two locations. This project is expected to total $1.2 million and create 18 new jobs. The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance has been working with the company and communities on these projects for the past several months and has been hired by the Village of Bellaire to assist in administering the CDBG grant.

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    Community Receives $583,519 Downtown Grant

    Boyne City will soon see several upgrades and it won't cost taxpayers another dime. The city's Part I application for the 2013 Downtown Infrastructure Grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation was approved and the grant total is $583,519. “These grants will improve Michigan downtowns and spur additional economic growth in the surrounding areas,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “The DIG program helps make our communities more attractive for investments that create places where people want to live, work and play.”

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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.

NLEA Featured Investors

On behalf of the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance we would like to take a moment to highlight a few of our Investors. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” ― Helen Keller

To view a complete list of NLEA Investors click here.

Please take a few moments to visit each of the organizations, click each logo to view their products and/or services.






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