Muskegon and Grand Rapids at the center of 'Creating Vibrant Coastal Communities' workshop

3:02 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Leaders of more than two dozen lakeshore communities gathered in Muskegon this week to focus on revitalizing their local economies.

The "Creating Vibrant Coastal Communities" workshop was a two-day conference at Muskegon's Holiday Inn. Participants discussed key elements needed to attract and retain talented workers in their hometowns.

Presenters complimented the strides made in Grand Rapids over the last two decades. They also praised the work being done right now to strengthen Muskegon's downtown.

"Muskegon started a little later, but it is making some real progress by rebuilding a real downtown. Focusing on waterfront is also important because Michigan has a lot of communities with waterfront assets, some of which we have taken advantage of and some of which we have not," said Mark Wyckoff with the Land Policy Institute at Michigan State University.

The conference included a cruise on Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan aboard "The Port City Princess." Participants also got a trolley tour of Muskegon.

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