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Economic Development

The Alliance for Economic Success (AES) is an economic development organization servicing Manistee, Benzie and Wexford Counties and the surrounding areas.  It defines economic development as improving the economic well-being and quality of life of businesses and employees in the community.

As a full-service economic development organization, AES works collaboratively with all businesses, governments, and community organizations.  Assistance is available for all business sectors (industry, service, small and medium businesses, agriculture, etc.), municipalities and community organizations to support and promote activities that drive economic growth while balancing and preserving the quality of life. 

AES provides expansion and site location services. As well as small business planning services, diagnostic assessments, economic recommendations for small to medium sized businesses, access to local, state, and federal incentives and assistance, liaison service to government offices, and provides neutral third-party convener and facilitation services to help develop organizational and leadership capacities and positive relationships.

AES provides services and programs through "contract for service" funds. Organizations who share like goals and visions contract with AES for services.

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2017 Board of Directors 

 Kelly Smith, Chair

Eric Gustad, Vice Chair

Karyn Thorr, Secretary

Burton Parks, Treasurer

Maureen Barry

Lynda Beaton

Mark Bergstrom

Courtney Gillison

Roger Griner

Josh Mills

Doug Rodriguez

Tonya Smith

Scott Ward

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, (One seat)

Larry Romanelli

Tom St Dennis

Manistee Manufacturers Council, (One seat)

Jim Reithel

Steve Paine

David Slivka

 


 

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Alliance for Economic Success
395 Third Street
Manistee, MI 49660


P: (231) 723-4325
F: (231) 723-3717
E: info@allianceforeconomicsuccess.com


Executive Director
Lisa L. Leedy

CONSULTANTS
Tamara Buswinka
John Iacoangeli

PARTNER AGENCIES

Small Business Development Center
www.SBDCmichigan.org

Great Start Collaborative
Mike Acosta   
-Director 

Seth Hopkins

-Coordinator for Manistee County

shopkins@manistee.org

 Erin Pontiac

-Parent Liaison

www.WMMGreatStart.org

Launch Manistee
Mary Ann Behm
   -Program Director 
mbehm@launchmanistee.org
www.launchmanistee.org


Manistee County Community Foundation
Laura Heinzelman
  -Executive Director
www.manisteefoundation.org