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Hiring: Business Development Director

December 8, 2021

Business Development Director, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance

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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

NLEA Newsletter

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

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