NLEA staff traveled to Houghton & Hancock to present at the 2015 CEC Conference

Continuing the long standing partnership, Northern Lake Economic Alliance (NLEA) Staff presented at the 2015 Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities conference in Houghton Hancock October 7-8.

In the true spirit of collaboration, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) staff members have long been involved collaboratively with the Michigan State University Extension Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities conferences held annually around the state. The inaugural conference, in its current format, was held in the NLEA region in 2012. Petoskey served as host community and set the bar high, exhibiting a unique setting and spirit of cooperation which has spread state wide through this conference. Since then, the communities of Marshall (2013) and East Tawas / Oscoda (2014) have also hosted CEC conferences.

NLEA staff presented a variety of topics again this year. Andy Hayes and Tom Erhart shared the success story of the Mobil CNC lab that was created and is in use today around the NLEA region. Sara Christensen discussed Redevelopment Ready Communities and shared how this program is being rolled in out in our region, but statewide in several Michigan communities. Mark Hitchcock held a discussion on the topic of the Value of the Young Professional and how engaging young professionals is not only a good idea, but crucial to the long term viability of any community.

NLEA has had a long standing partnership with MSU Extension, who is one of NLEA’s Core Partners. Programs such as Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities exhibit this collaboration and partnership while allowing NLEA to share success from our region with community stakeholders from around Michigan and beyond. Equally as important, NLEA staff has the opportunity to learn from others around the state and bring back those great ideas to implement in our region year after year.

For more information about the Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) conference, go to the MSU Extension program page

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