MUSKEGON, MI – As the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce celebrates 125 years in the community, its leaders are touting some of its greatest accomplishments.
As an advocate and influencer for the Muskegon-area since 1893, the chamber has had a hand in projects that have shaped the lakeshore community, such as U.S. 31, Muskegon County Airport, L.C. Walker Arena, Seaway Drive, rebuilding downtown Muskegon and more.
“Originally, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber was formed to grow the business community at a time of great economic transition,” said Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commere President Cindy Larsen. “Ironically, we are facing a similar situation today. Chamber founder, Charles Hackley, knew the lumber era was coming to an end. He wanted to create an organization that would help the community attract new industries.
“Today, the Internet and social media have changed the old business models,” Larsen added. “The chamber is trying to help reposition the Muskegon lakeshore as a great place for industries of the future.”
The chamber plans to tout its accomplishments throughout 2018 by sharing monthly “Hist-o-gram” stories on social media. But here are few highlights through the years.