A 10-Year Retrospective of Muskegon Area First
Muskegon Area First, established in the fall of 1999 as a private not-for-profit corporation, was funded by 11 local municipalities, Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, DTE, Consumers Energy and Muskegon Community College.
Rotarians Bill Johanson and Nancy Crandall served as MAF’s first two presidents.
This organization has served as a centralized lead agency for economic development projects in Muskegon County. It’s mission is to foster private investments that increase the tax base and employment opportunities in Muskegon County.
Ed Garner, another Rotarian, has been MAP president for some 10 years. Soon he’ll become Regional Director of Michigan SBDC, West Michigan Region, headquartered in Grand Rapids but an area that will take him to Muskegon, on occasion.
What we do:
Facilitate business retention & growth; 70-80% of work is with existing companies
Facilitate business attraction; 20-30% of work is with new companies
Serve as a clearinghouse for economic information
Participate in Regional Initiatives
June ‘17 – where we are now?
- Over $400 million in private manufacturing investments
- Employment back to pre-recession levels
- Workforce – 78,532
- Unemployment rate 4.8%
Return on Investment
- $200 : $1 – The amount of private investment for every dollar of Muskegon Area First funding
The Muskegon Area First Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement from the Department of Defense (DOD) through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).
Counties served – Allegan – Barry – Ionia – Kent – Lake – Mason – Mecosta – Montcalm – Muskegon – Newaygo – Oceana
– Osceola – Ottawa.