Extension associate director of operations recognized by the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance

Patrick Cudney and Andy Hayes at the NLEA luncheon.

Patrick Cudney and Andy Hayes at the NLEA luncheon.

During its annual luncheon, the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA), a long-time partner of Michigan State University Extension, recently recognized MSU Extension associate director of operations Patrick Cudney for serving 12 years on the NLEA Board of Directors.

The NLEA is a nonprofit community and economic development organization. Its mission is to enhance the economy in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties by acting as a resource to retain and create quality jobs.

The NLEA Annual Luncheon is a gathering of over 700 local, state and federal business, community, government, education and civic leaders. The yearly event recognizes economic development projects and serves as a motivational and team-building event for the many people and organizations involved in economic development in northern Michigan.

As a member of the NLEA Board of Directors, Patrick was instrumental in expanding MSU Extension’s reach and capacity through partnerships with non-MSU Extension organizations. A recent example of this is Patrick’s assistance with the creation of an additional Extension educator position to be housed at the NLEA. Since he has been promoted to MSU Extension associate director of operations, Patrick has departed from the NLEA Board of Directors, and the incoming MSU Extension district coordinator assigned to the NLEA region will fill the MSU Extension seat on the board.

You can view a short video clip of Andy Hayes, NLEA president and Extension educator, presenting the award to Patrick by following this link: http://www.northernlakes.net/2015-annual-luncheon-361/

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