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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 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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AES Strategic Plan Update - Click Here


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Alliance for Economic Success
395 Third Street
Manistee, MI 49660

P: (231) 723-4325
F: (231) 723-3717

Office Manager
Susan Hornkohl

Tim Ervin 
      -Resource Development Director
Tamara Buswinka
      -Community Development Director
Betsy Evans
      -Business Development Director


Small Business Development Center

Great Start Collaborative
Mike Acosta   

Seth Hopkins

-Coordinator for Manistee County


Katie Sterk

-Parent Liaison

Launch Manistee
Mary Ann Behm
   -Program Director

Manistee County Community Foundation
Laura Heinzelman
  -Executive Director