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

Community Assistance

Accessing Local, State and Federal Economic Development Tools

Economic development, by definition, is typically measured in terms of jobs and income. However, economic development is multi-dimensional, and its success is determined by the combination of community and business development activities that affect and improve the community as a whole.

To that end, the NLEA nurtures partnerships and collaborations with a variety of organizations, and provides assistance with various economic development tools. NLEA staff is experienced in preparing grant applications and administering them over the project period. There are several local, state and federal grant programs to assist communities and businesses with economic development, and each is designed to meet specific objectives.

“Of the many grant applications I review, those coordinated by Northern Lakes Economic Alliance staff are the most complete and well prepared.  It’s always a pleasure to review proposals the NLEA staff has worked on, it makes my job easier!” Alan Anderson, Area Specialist-Rural Development U.S. Department of Agriculture

NLEA’s Team of Economic Development Specialists can assist communities in finding the most effective approach to meet their needs. To learn more about our services and full range of community development solutions, please contact us at 231-582-6482, or by email.

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