Monroe County Business Alliance

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Our Mission And Values

Monroe County will be a thriving community with a vibrant and diverse economy.  The Monroe County Business Alliance works with its strategic partners to attract and retain a diverse range of businesses that create an economic environment of innovation and success. 

We develop relationships with key strategic partners that create synergy and benefit our businesses and communities.

We roll up our sleeves and immerse ourselves in solving the challenges that face our businesses and communities.

We conduct our duties in an honest, ethical and transparent manner.

We engage in continuous self-improvement to increase our knowledge, skills and qualifications.

We carefully listen to others and treat them with dignity, both internally and externally.

Business Alliance Staff

Tim Lake Head Shot

Tim Lake


TC Clements

Vice President of Economic Development

LuAnn Hogberg

Vice President of Operations

Miklyn Halcomb

Miklyn Halcomb

Investor Relationship Manager

Diana Lingle

Diana Lingle

Administrative Support Specialist

Board Of Directors

MCBA Board of Directors
Gregory Adanin – Ventower Industries
Darrin Arquette – ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital
Michael Baker – Michigan Gas Company
Aric Bennett (Vice Chairman) – The Mannik Smith Group
Stephanie Blatt – Consumers Energy
Kristine Brenner (Exec. Committee) – Monroe Community Credit Union
H. Douglas Chaffin – River Raisin National Battlefield Foundation
Mayor Robert Clark – City of Monroe
Mark Elliott – Eastman & Smith LTD
Gretchen Eyler (Exec. Committee) – First Merchants Bank
Michael Jewell – U.A. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 671
Richard Kenny – Forest View Recreation Bar & Grill
Drew Lindecker – Creative Promotions
Keith Masserant – Mid-American Group
Dr. Stephen McNew (Chairman) – Monroe County ISD
Brian Merkle – Merkle Funeral Services
Greg Moore, Jr. – Monroe County Commissioner
Daniel Mussap – Gerdau
Thomas Myers – First Merchants Bank
Phillip Patel – Monroe County Convention and Tourism Bureau
James Peace (Secretary) – MTS Seating
Dr. Kojo Quartey – Monroe County Community College
Todd Ritzler – Huntington Bank
Debra Staelgraeve – Deb’s Flower Designs
Shelley Taylor – Team Solutions
Gregory Thomas (Treasurer) – Fluid Equipment Development Company

Michael Twomley – DTE Energy
Susan Vanisacker – La-Z-Boy, Inc.

Our History

The Monroe County Business Development Corporation and the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce has had on and off-again discussions as to how the two organizations might work closer together for efficiencies and sustainability for years to come. These discussions centered mostly around shared office space, office equipment and even shared staffing.  Although these conversations took place, there was no action to move forward until the pandemic impacted the way we all did business.

Discussions resumed in late 2020 and a working group was assembled consisting of the Executive Committees of the BDC, Chamber and the Tourism Bureau’s Chairperson. Included in the working group were stakeholders in our community representing local businesses and the County of Monroe and its Commissioners. After many hours and long discussions, an action plan was developed to accomplish this new partnership.

During this same time, the Monroe County Convention and Tourism Bureau (Tourism) was going through their own rebuilding process. Holding their own strategic planning sessions and developing a model that would easily work with that of the new organization soon to be named the “Business Alliance” to further advance tourism as an economic driver in our community, while supporting the lodging, recreation, and hospitality business.

The Monroe County Business Alliance was formed and started their work as a new organization on January 1, 2023.

Old Map of Monroe County Michigan

Reports and Audits

Transparency, as defined in the non-profit sense, is the widespread availability of relevant, reliable information about the performance, financial position, and governance of an organization. Transparency is a trust building tool; the more transparent your organization becomes, the more trustworthy you will be viewed. The Monroe County Business Development Corporation is pleased to share these documents with you.

2021 Audit

2021 990 Report

2022 Audit

2022 990 Report