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

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

September 16, 2021

welding student

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

NLEA August 2021 Newsletter

August 23, 2021

Click here to check out what’s going on this month in the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance Newsletter.

  • Announcing Northern Lakes Innovation Alliance – a new program that provides space for entrepreneurs to grow ideas and access
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Quantifying the Local Labor Shortage

August 18, 2021

By: Sam Bailey, NLEA/DTE Foundation Graduate Intern Living in Northern Lower Michigan, we’re familiar with the “Help Wanted” signs that dot the roadside every summer, yet this summer the signs seem to be everywhere. The month of June… read more

Introducing Northern Lakes Innovation Alliance

August 17, 2021

NLEA-Innovation Alliance

The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) introduces a new program that provides space for entrepreneurs to grow ideas and access capital. Northern Lakes Innovation Alliance is an event for innovators in various industries to pitch their… read more

Building the Housing Toolbox – All Hands on Deck

August 16, 2021

Housing North-interior home

By Yarrow Brown, Executive Director Housing North We know that housing is a challenge across Northwest Michigan. It’s been talked about for years but is growing more dire. Now’s the time for action – to be creative and put new tools… read more

Bids open for Charlevoix vacant lot

August 4, 2021


The City of Charlevoix is accepting bids for the vacant lot located at 1522 Bridge Street. The City will accept and
publicly open bids on Thursday, October 7th, 2021 at 10:00 am EDT at the office of the City Clerk, City of Charlevoix,
210 State… read more

Resources for Michigan Small Businesses

July 27, 2021

After a challenging year and half, Michigan remains resilient. The Governor’s Office issued a Small Business Summer resource guide. In it are useful programs, grant opportunities, and networks that help small businesses grow and… read more

July 2021 newsletter

July 26, 2021

Housing crisis impacts everyone

July 17, 2021

Duplex designed in a style compatible with single family neighborhoods. Photo credit: Dan Parolek, author of Missing Middle Housing

By Steve Schnell, Charlevoix County’s Housing Ready Program Director with Housing North   Everyone is impacted by our housing crisis in some way or another. The current housing market is quite lucrative if you own a home or any residential… read more

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