Muskegon, MI – Muskegon is in the Final Four and we’re not talking basketball! Muskegon made the final four towns in a contest that rates the resilience of local communities. Strong Towns is a non-profit organization that promotes communities who are financially strong and resilient through the work of local citizens or “people who care”. The Strong Town education strategy is to recognize communities that are making economic and social progress through this competition.
Muskegon was selected a few weeks ago to enter the bracketed competition based on answers to a questionnaire sent to cities and towns across the nation. Muskegon made it to the final 16, then elite 8 and now the final four.
“I received a questionnaire a few weeks ago and thought, I might as well fill this out and see what happens, “says Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. “With all the progress we have made in recent years, we have so much to brag about.”
Muskegon’s direct competition for this round is Annapolis, Maryland, another waterfront community. Starting today, March 20, Michiganders are being asked to vote for Muskegon at www.strongtowns.org/strongesttown.
Since Muskegon is the only city in Michigan competing for this award, the community is asking for support from all Michigan residents! “Like many Michigan communities, we have worked hard to reinvent our city,” says Larsen. “Muskegon is the poster child for all of the Michigan cities who have rebuilt their downtowns, expanded business, and attracted new tourists. We rallied the people who care about their hometown and now have something exciting to show for it.”
About the Chamber
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organization on the lakeshore representing over 1,200 businesses and organizations. The Muskegon Chamber represents businesses of every size and type all over West Michigan. The Chamber is celebrating 125 years in operation working to sustain an environment for business success through community leadership, promotion, inclusive business advocacy and valued member services. The Muskegon Chamber is a four-time award winning Chamber, being named Chamber of the Year for the State of Michigan in 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2015 by the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals.