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

The Blue Economy: The Past, Present, and a Potential Future

January 19, 2022

By: Sam Bailey, Strategic Initiatives Manager

What is a Blue Economy?

The lakes and rivers of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Counties shape our lives everyday. They support many of the pastimes that define the “up north” lifestyle,… read more

December 2021 Newsletter

December 21, 2021

December 2021 news

NLIA Agriculture Award Recipients

December 14, 2021

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On December 8, 2021 NLEA held a Northern Lakes Innovation Alliance (NLIA) event focused on the Agriculture Industry. At each NLIA event innovators in various industries pitch their start-up or growth idea for a chance to receive grant funding.… read more

Great Lakes Energy helps Oceana County grower with $3.65 million expansion project

December 8, 2021

MEARS – Great Lakes Energy recently helped an Oceana County agricultural business secure a $900,000 zero-interest loan to help finance a $3.65 million expansion project that will benefit not only the business but also the surrounding… read more

Hiring: Business Development Director

December 8, 2021

Business Development Director, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance

  Job Type
Full-time Full Job Description Founded in 1984, The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) is Northern Michigan’s regional economic developmentread more

November 2021 Newsletter

November 18, 2021

Location Quotient Analysis: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Local Economy

November 3, 2021

manufacturing workers

By: Sam Bailey, NLEA/DTE Energy Foundation Graduate Intern ‘21

What Makes up the Economy?

The precursor to economic development is the simple question: What makes up the economy? In order to do the work of economic development–attracting… read more

October 2021 Newsletter

October 25, 2021

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Michigan DNR & Industrial Arts Institute Blaze New Trails with Creative Partnership

September 16, 2021

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The next time you’re hiking on the North Central, North Eastern, or North Western state trails, take a closer look at the new trail gates. There’s a chance they were made by welding students from Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway, Michigan.… read more

Northern Michigan is Going Grey: An Aging Population and Its Effects

September 11, 2021

By: Sam Bailey, NLEA/DTE Energy Foundation Graduate Intern ‘21 Everyone goes grey at a different rate, but Northern Lower Michigan is quickly going grey. Data collected by the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey reveals that… read more

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