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NLEA introduces Community Development team

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance  •  231-582-6482  •

Andy Hayes, NLEA President

NLEA Community Development Team. Pictured from left: Jessica Lovay, Community Development & Grants; and Amanda Baker, Community Development & Engagement.

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) has reconfigured staff positions and job descriptions to resurrect the community development role. Rather than remove this from the organization, it was important to find an efficient way to keep it as a resource in order to best serve local municipalities.

Two NLEA staff members, Jessica Lovay and Amanda Baker, will shift their positions and tackle this role as a team; Jessica’s focus will be on project funding options, grant writing and administration, and community infrastructure needs, while Amanda will maintain downtown development projects in East Jordan and will assist communities with RRC certification as well as other community engagement projects.

We hope to serve your communities more efficiently with a team approach, similar to our business team. Take an opportunity to contact both Jessica and Amanda to learn how they can assist with your community projects, and make sure to update their titles in your database:

Jessica Lovay

Community Development & Grants



Amanda Baker

Community Development & Engagement


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