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.