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Janet Koch Joins the NLEA Team

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Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is excited to announce new staff.  Janet Koch joined the NLEA team on October 16 as the new Community Development Director.

Most recently, Janet served as Antrim County’s Deputy Administrator. Previous to her work for Antrim County, she was Clerk/Planner/Zoning Administrator for the Village of Bellaire. Prior to her government service, Janet worked for more than 20 years in the civil engineering and surveying industry. Her skills and experience range from writing capital improvement plans to site plan review to grant applications to public speaking.

“I’m looking forward to building relationships with the communities in NLEA’s service area,” Janet said. “Economic growth is a key concern for our local units of government and I will be working hard to provide any assistance I can.”

Janet obtained a B.S. in geology from Eastern Michigan University in the 1980s and recently completed a Master of Public Administration from Northern Michigan University. In addition to being an outdoor enthusiast, she also writes light-hearted mysteries under the pen names Laurie Cass and Laura Alden. She and her husband live in the Central Lake area.

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