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

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance Staff

David Emmel, President

Buck Love, Business Retention and Growth Angie Ross, Business Attraction and Growth 
Jessica Lovay, Community Development and Grants Sarah George, Communication Eric Grandstaff, Broadband Consortium Staff Specialist and Consultant
Sara Darooge, Bookkeeper    

NLEA Summer Interns

For six years, the DTE Energy Foundation has provided funding for our NLEA Summer Internship program. This program enables the NLEA to provide a “real world” opportunity for area college students to work on a meaningful project that benefits the region. The students’ skill sets and courses of study are matched to the project to give them experience working in their field.

Sam Bailey 2021 NLEA Summer Intern

Sam Bailey, 2021 Economic Intern

Visit the links below to learn more about past internship projects:

2020 How it’s Made in Northern Michigan Project

2019 Featured Sites Project

2018 Entrepreneurial Toolkit Project

2017 Broadband Project

2016 Hot Jobs Project




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