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?

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.


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