The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is a public/private non-profit organization serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Counties in Michigan. Established in 1984, the NLEA mission is to serve as a resource to local communities and businesses to retain and create jobs.Building on the strong history and our “corporate culture” of regional cooperation, Cheboygan County joined the NLEA in January 2007, thus expanding our service area to four counties.
The NLEA works directly with local units of government on infrastructure projects, which facilitates local company growth and expansion and assists many local companies on a wide range of issues that helps retain existing jobs and create new jobs.
We pro-actively approach economic development as a “team sport” and work hard to strengthen partner relationships, network public and private sectors, and work collaboratively to address economic development challenges and opportunities in our area.
Some examples of this include implementing a joint manufacturing/major employer retention call program along with the MEDC and Michigan Works!, a community retention program with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Community Assistance Team; worked with six local and state agencies to establish the Northwest Michigan Regional Ag Business Team. We also collaborate with the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments on projects ranging from area transportation planning to sustainable business forums.
Working with area chambers of commerce, the NLEA conducted a regional economic perspective survey. Business counseling and advanced technical support was provided to start-up companies as well as existing companies wishing to grow, through resources from the Small Business Technology and Development Center and the MSU Product Center.
Our Mission Statement:
“The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is a non-profit economic development partnership providing resources to create and retain quality jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Counties.”