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

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance Staff

NLEA Summer 2017 Interns

This year NLEA will be host to four summer interns; Brad Berkau from Michigan State University, Ross Hooley from Xavier University, Amanda Fischer from Central Michigan University and Sydney Smith from Ball State. Brad and Ross thanks to a grant from DTE Energy Foundation will be focusing on moving the broadband effort forward in our region. Northeast Michigan Council of Governments saw an opportunity after the 2016 “Hot Jobs” project came out to recreate it for the northeast side of the state. Amanda and Sydney will be tackling going into local employers to find out about “in-demand” careers and training. They will be doing photos, interviews, videos, social media, and press releases as part of their project.


Brad Berkau

Ross Hooley

Amanda Fischer

Amanda Fischer

Sydney Smith



NW Michigan Agriculture Business Team


Wendy Wieland Innovative Counselor

Wendy Wieland Agriculture Innovative Counselor MSU Extension/Product Center

Annie Olds MI-SBDC Regional Director – Northwest

Annie (Shetler) Olds Regional Director SBDC & Ag. Specialist

Susan Cocciarelli Convener NW Ag & Food System Sector Alliance

Core Partners

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