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Economic Development

The Alliance for Economic Success (AES) is an economic development organization servicing Manistee County 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 quality of life. 

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

AES's 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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Alliance for Economic Success
395 Third Street
Manistee, MI 49660


P: (231) 723-4325
F: (231) 723-3717
E: AESManistee@gmail.com

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-Interim
Bob Wangbichler

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR
Susan Hornkohl

CONSULTANTS
Tim Ervin
Tamara Buswinka


PARTNER AGENCIES

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

Michigan - SBDC
Betsy Evans, Coordinator
www.SBDCmichigan.org

Great Start Collaborative
Cynthia Corey, Co-Director
www.greatstartforkids.org