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Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Works! promote 'Hot Jobs' list

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is helping to get the word out about where jobs are in West Michigan.

The chamber recently announced Downtown Muskegon Now and it would help to promote Hot Jobs, a twice-a-year publication of Michigan Works! Muskegon-Oceana.

The list -- which the local Michigan Works! Office has been quietly publishing for a few years -- summarizes the number of job postings, average hourly wage, required education and projected job growth for hot jobs. 

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Muskegon County Wastewater Management System wins prestigious award

The Muskegon County Wastewater Management System was recently recognized with an international award.

The Wildlife Habitat Council, which certifies more than 800 programs around the world, named MCWMS the winner of its Rookie of the Year Award at its annual symposium, Celebrating Corporate Conservation on Nov. 11.

The push to receive certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council was the idea of Anita Friend, who is one of the chemists at MCWMS.

The MCWMS was named a finalist for the award in October.

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Muskegon Country Club sold to group of investors; club now for-profit company

A group of Muskegon investors are now the owners of the 106-year-old Muskegon Country Club.

The club, located at 2801 Lakeshore Dr., had been a non-profit organization owned by its membership, but it became a for-profit company when the 12-member group paid some of the the club's debt owed to Community Shores Bank, which was "just north of $3 million" according to the groups' attorney Paul Jackson.

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Community Leaders and Initiatives Recognized as Agents of Change

Twelve community leaders and initiatives have been recognized as the 2014 Agents of Change. Those recognized range from beautification projects to major development leadership, entrepreneur support and more.

"The Muskegon Lakeshore is constantly transforming," says Cindy Larsen, president of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. "These dedicated individuals have such passion and are truly changing the landscape of our community."

Each year, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce recognizes individuals or projects that have made a positive contribution to the Muskegon Lakeshore and awards them as Agents of Change.

This year's Agents of Change were recognized at the Seventh Annual Agents of Change Business After Hours celebration, November 6 at Fricano Place. Here, nearly 200 business and community leaders gathered to celebrate.

Each year the Chamber partners with WGVU Media to host this event and Morning Show Host Shelley Irwin interviews the Agents of Change. These interviews will air on WGVU FM (95.3 Muskegon, 88.5 Grand Rapids) at 9am on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

Click here to learn more about the 2014 Agents of Change


The Lakeshore First Restaurant Week Begins November 7

14 Muskegon-area eateries offering special deals during inaugural Lakeshore Restaurant Week

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Click here to read more about Lakeshore Restaurant Week in the Grand Rapids Business Journal


Muskegon Based Watercraft Maker Navigates $7.5M Expansion

A maker of small boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, portable toilets and other plastic retail products is planning a $7.5-million expansion that will create 60 jobs.  

Click here to read more about Ameriform's expansion plans in the Grand Rapids Business Journal


Muskegon's 'Blue Economy': University Research Corridor report says 1 in 5 Michigan jobs are water-related

MUSKEGON, MI – Community and state leaders gathered at the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon on Thursday, Oct. 9 to discuss the continued focus of promoting a "Blue Economy" in Michigan.

The meeting was the third stop on Michigan's University Research Corridor's five-city tour. The URC is an alliance between Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University which aims to transform, strengthen and diversify the state's economy.

"Blue economy" is an ongoing economic development strategy based on the preservation, research and health of water resources that is being embraced in Muskegon because of its long history with its greatest natural resource.

"Water defines our community as it does many in Michigan and in the Great Lakes," said Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Larsen. "We're very fortunate that the blue economy is putting a spotlight on Muskegon, community in the midst of transition."

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Alcoa Power & Propulsion Names Whitehall, MI Operations as it's global headquarters

Sept. 30, 2014--- Alcoa Power and Propulsion, a business unit of Alcoa Engineered Products and Solutions, has officially designated Whitehall, Mich., as its business unit headquarters, returning to its roots after nine years in Cleveland, Ohio.  “APP’s Whitehall operations has been the center of Alcoa’s investment casting technology since 2000 when it became part of Alcoa’s downstream business segment,” said Michael Pepper, APP President. “When it comes to investment casting advancements, the aerospace industry comes to Whitehall for the next generation of engine components, and much more.”

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Construction to finally start on downtown MATS transit center; interim bus station planned

September 28, 2014--- After 10 years of waiting, Muskegon County is poised to start construction in November on a $2 million downtown transit center.

An interim station will be housed in another downtown building, the Masonic Temple. Koens updated the Muskegon County Commissioners on his progress when they met as the Transportation Committee Thursday, Sept. 25.The county could be soliciting bids from construction firms in early October, and break ground in November.

The bus center on Morris Avenue is a terminal and transfer center for the Muskegon Area Transit System, called MATS, as well as a docking center for Greyhound and other private bus companies. Development of the project had been stalled for about 10 years after $2 million in federal money first became available for the project in 2003. County commissioners tackled the project again in November 2013. Drawings for the renovated transit center include expanded restroom facilities, room for more customer service staff, an indoor waiting area and a plaza next to the building on Second Street.

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Not your parents' downtown: The 'change' decade, but more to do; see then-and-now photos

MUSKEGON, MI -- When Jonathan Seyferth talks about how far downtown Muskegon has come in the past decade, he pulls out the "sandbox photo."

The photo, taken almost exactly 10 years ago, is shocking and inspiring at the same time. Taken from what had been the Sears entrance to the Muskegon Mall, it shows a desert-like landscape and two boarded-up raggedy buildings.

That's it. That was the core of downtown Muskegon on Aug. 3, 2004.

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