Mission & 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
Director of Partnership Relations
Vice President of Operations
Director of Corporate Engagement
Vice President of Economic Development
Board of Directors
Chairman | Dr. Stephen McNew, Monroe County ISD
Vice Chair | Aric Bennett, ManniK Smith Group
Treasurer | Gregory Thomas, Fluid Equipment Development Company
Secretary | James Peace, MTS Seating
Member | Gretchen Eyler, First Merchants Bank
Member | Kristine Brenner, Monroe Community Credit Union
Member | TC Clements, Monroe County Business Alliance
Greg Moore, Jr. – Monroe County Commissioner
Michael Twomley – DTE Energy
Susan Vanisacker – La-Z-Boy, Inc.
The Monroe County Business Development Corporation and the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce had on and off-again discussions as to how the two organizations might work closer together for efficiencies and sustainability for years. These discussions not only centered on administrative efficiencies and savings, but also focused on how one organization could become a central conduit for all things business development related in our community.
Discussions resumed in late 2020 and a working group was assembled consisting of the Executive Committees of the Monroe County Business Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce. Included in the working group were stakeholders in our community representing local businesses and the County of Monroe and its Commissioners. After careful consideration, conversation, and the development of a plan, the Monroe County Business Alliance was conceived.
The Monroe County Business Alliance was formed and started work as a new organization on January 1, 2023.