Alliance for Economic Success (AES) is an economic development organization servicing rural northern Michigan communities.

We define economic development as improving the economic well-being and quality of life of businesses, employees, and citizens within the community.

  • Staff

    Lisa Leedy, Executive Director


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    Lisa was hired as Executive Director in October 2017 to lead AES into our 10th year of progress. Lisa had been a small business owner for 15 years, previously served as an elected Village President and as appointed positions on a sewer authority, chamber of commerce, DDA, rural task force board for gas tax funding, broadband board, library board, library co-op board and as a Deputy Supervisor in a township.  Lisa has managed broadband, sewer, road, and building construction projects as well as numerous federal, state and local grants and loans.

  • Board

    2018 Board of Directors
    Executive Committee
    Kelly Smith, Chair
    Eric Gustad, Vice Chair
    Karyn Thorr & Courtney Gillison, Secretary
    Burton Parks, Treasurer

    Board Members
    Mark Bergstrom
    Roger Griner
    Scott Ward

    Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
    Larry Romanelli
    Tom St. Dennis

    Manistee Manufacturers Council
    Jim Reithel
    Steve Paine
    David Slivka

  • Collaboration

    AES provides site location services, small business planning, diagnostic assessments, economic recommendations, access to local, state, and federal incentives and assistance, liaison service to government offices, and provides neutral third-party convener and facilitation services.

    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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