Category Archives: Business News

College producing contest for free tuition

A college is accepting entries to award one student free tuition for four years to pursue a bachelor’s degree in any field.


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Michigan teen poised for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018 pageant


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$8.5M mixed-use building planned for downtown Muskegon

MUSKEGON, MI – Another six-story building is coming to downtown Muskegon, filling in open space left after the Muskegon Mall was demolished.


Plans are for a 44,000-square-foot mixed-use building, called The Leonard, at the corner of Second Street and Western Avenue, said Corey Leonard, who is in the process of purchasing the lot and designing the building.


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Muskegon PetSafe Bark Park to begin hosting community dog walks

MUSKEGON, MI — The recently opened dog park downtown Muskegon will begin leading community dog walks starting Wednesday.


Muskegon PetSafe Bark Park’s first dog walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, behind the Pound Buddies chalet located at Western Market on Western Avenue.


The walk is expected to take about 20 minutes, with the route crossing Shoreline Drive at Seventh Street and down the Shoreline Trail to the dog park, located at 793 W. Western Ave.


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Mercy Health turning closed restaurant into urgent care facility

MUSKEGON, Mich. – Mercy health is building a new $270 million hospital at 1500 E. Sherman Blvd. and U.S.-31.


The new hospital entrance, emergency department, outpatient pharmacy and surgical services should open this fall.


The remaining floors of the 10 story tower will open in 2019.


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Muskegon-based kayak maker plans growth with massive distribution center

MUSKEGON, MI – Hemisphere Design Works – formerly KL Outdoor – plans to consolidate its distribution into a 490,000-square-foot facility in Muskegon by mid-2019.


The 37-acre site at Remembrance Drive and East Keating Avenue has been cleared of trees and crews are moving dirt. The building will occupy about 11.25 acres.


The strategically located distribution center will allow the company be more efficient and to grow, said CEO Chuck Smith, on Thursday, July 12.


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Muskegon partners muscling economic stability

Earlier this year, the Business Journal recognized Muskegon development as the top 2017 economic development news and as Grand Rapids Business Journal Newsmaker of the Year, recognizing more than $1 billion in investments in public spaces, new building, renovation and business expansions. The current Business Journal report detailing another project, Imagine Muskegon Lake, is equally noteworthy. The city is recording more than $50 million in projects recently completed, $22 million already under construction and another $90 million indicated in established plans.


Unlike recently passed decades, the 2012-18 chapter in Muskegon’s reclamation is multiproject oriented rather than singularly focused, is given a partnership principle involving multiple units of government throughout Muskegon County and a “middleman” in three economic development agencies working in concert on the same plan. Muskegon’s proximity is underscored by its inclusion in the Combined Statistical Area of Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland, the second-largest CSA in Michigan.


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Muskegon leaders realize greatest asset

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Leaders in Muskegon are working to harness the full potential of an asset many say has been underutilized: Muskegon Lake.


The lake is being seen as a catalyst for future growth of downtown Muskegon, and multiple public and private entities are throwing full force at developing land off its southern shore.


This is happening after 40 years of major cleanup efforts following decades of environmental damage that started during the logging era in the 1800s.


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United Way to focus on veterans during 25th Day of Caring in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, MI – Veterans are the focus of the 25th annual Day of Caring in Muskegon and Oceana counties.


United Way of the Lakeshore will use its annual volunteer day on Friday, Sept. 7, to fix up veterans’ homes and yards.


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Muskegon Convention Center Plan Moving Forward Again

MUSKEGON, MI- If all goes as planned, the city of Muskegon will build a $15 Million convention center in the heart of downtown.


The proposed design would connect the LC Walker Arena and the Holiday Inn. The connection would likely result in the closing a portion of Fourth Street between Shoreline Dr. and Western Ave.


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