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Over the past 30 years, 1,000+ individuals have participated in this unique program and many have assumed leadership roles in Muskegon County on civic, community, nonprofit and governmental boards and commissions. A selection committee will review all applications, giving special attention to leadership potential from a diverse participant group. For additional information, contact Linden Peterson at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at 231-722-3751 or

  • Broaden your understanding of the community and its resources
  • Work more effectively as a leader in the community and in your organization
  • Network to expand your circle of personal and professional relationships
  • Inspire others in your community

Applicants should have an interest in community involvement, a demonstrated commitment to the area and a desire to better understand what makes Muskegon a great place to live, work, play and learn.

Muskegon in Focus brings a diverse group of professionals together in a community-awareness program, committed to enhancing and connecting leaders from business, non-profit and government. A series of memorable experiences where you will learn about the community assets as well as the leaders behind them. Hear the stories of how great projects on the Muskegon Lakeshore came to be.

Service to community starts with understanding your “community as a system,” its strengths and weaknesses, its challenges and opportunities, as well as its past accomplishments in order to become more effective leaders who can impact its future.


Welcome Orientation
Meet the participants during a presentation on how during this program you will discover all things Muskegon County!  This includes a networking reception one of Muskegon’s scenic venues.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
“A Lifetime Adventure”
A guided bus tour of the northern lakeshore, presented by area leaders with active stops at the Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park and Howmet Aerospace.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
“Clean Water for All”
Tour of Muskegon Resource Recovery and Muskegon Lake cruise on the W.G. Jackson, learn how Muskegon is committed to protecting our environment.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 | 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
“It Starts In Your Neighborhood”
This session includes a walking tour of historic institutions, presentations from area cultural leaders, and a discussion on community assets. Followed by casual conversations at new gathering place.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
“Three Became One”
The story behind the largest ever investment in healthcare, a comprehensive senior services program, and a guided walking tour with the Mayor of Norton Shores.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
“Education to Entrepreneurship”
Muskegon leads the way with the Muskegon Promise, Muskegon Career Tech Center, and many cutting-edge workforce training programs. Tour amazing facilities and discuss issues with local education leaders.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 | 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
“Business Matters”
Discussion with key business leaders on the ups and downs of the local economy.