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May 11, 2018  at Boyne Mountain Resort

Keynote Speaker: Joe Short, founder of Short’s Brewing Company

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The NLEA welcomed over 400 elected officials and representatives from local chambers, communities, and businesses to celebrate regional economic development on Friday, May 11 2018. This year’s Annual Luncheon took place at Boyne Mountain Resort in the Matterhorn Room (Civic Center). Attendees were greeted by a collection of trinkets to view from Short’s Brewing Company. The East Jordan High School Jazz Band kicked off the event smoothly, while guests had the opportunity to network.

Keynote speaker, Joe Short, founder of Short’s Brewing Company, delighted the audience with the tale of his entrepreneurial dream come true. From his first business venture up-selling his Halloween candy on the bus, to brewing at home and then leasing his own brewery in Bellaire, Joe has created an innovative and thriving business.


To close the event, NLEA honored the individuals, businesses, and communities who are driven and passionate about economic and community development. Outgoing NLEA board members, Barbara Rykwalder-DTE Energy, Steve Schnell-NMCOG, and Tim Petroskey-Consumers Energy were honored for their outstanding service to the area. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Lydia Murray to celebrate her retirement and honor her years of hard work and success at MEDC.


A fun group of “maniacs,” the community, chamber and city of East Jordan, were awarded Maniac of the Year for their drive to make East Jordan a thriving downtown and community to live, work and play in. Mary Faculak, East Jordan Chamber President, Tom Cannon, City Manager, and various community and business representatives accepted this prestigious award for their community. The creative team members of Great Lakes Center for the Arts received the high honor of Project of the Year for their state-of-the-art facility soon to open in July. Executive Director, Jill O’Neil and various investors and members of GLCFA accepted this esteemed award.

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