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Northern Lakes Economic Alliance Expands Business Retention Team and adds Broadband Specialist



Contact: Carly Bortz NLEA Communications



Northern Lakes Economic Alliance Expands Business Retention Team and adds Broadband Specialist

October 14, 2019 BOYNE CITY, MI— Eric Grandstaff, long time area resident and expert in internet and broadband-related issues has joined the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) staff team.  Eric will serve as the Broadband Consortium Staff Specialist & Consultant, and in that capacity will serve as the Operating & Fiscal Agent for the newly established NLEA Broadband Consortium (NLEABC).

“We are thrilled to add Eric and his expertise to the NLEA team.  This move expands our Business Retention team and will provide additional focus to assisting area companies to acquire high-speed broadband internet service,” stated Andy Hayes, President of the NLEA

Eric comes to NLEA with a solid history in broadband development, media, and information sciences. Previously, he was the North Central Michigan College (NCMC) Associate Dean for Academic and Administrative Technologies for 25 years—overseeing Internet, online learning, academic media, and library online media.

After retiring from NCMC, Grandstaff worked as a Senior Analyst for the University of Michigan and the statewide Merit Network. Grandstaff was appointed as Merit’s Northern Michigan regional member manager for the development of its 2,600-mile REACH Network.

Eric has also served as a technical consultant on Fiber Optic / broadband development projects for Charlevoix County, Emmet County, and currently consults for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

The mission of the NLEABC is to proliferate gigabit high-speed, reliable and cost-effective broadband services throughout the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance region.

The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance serves as a resource for companies and communities to create and retain jobs throughout Antrim, Charlevoix and Cheboygan Counties, Michigan, USA. For more information, visit

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