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West Michigan Prosperity Alliance Call for Projects

West Michigan Prosperity Alliance Call for Projects

The West Michigan Prosperity Alliance (WMPA) is again soliciting projects from across its 13-county region.   To learn more about the West Michigan Prosperity Alliance and view the list of projects submitted for the last call, please visit

Project Call and Selection Process

  • Complete the attached form and send electronically to Syndi Copeland at no later than September 1, 2018.  Entire project submission should be no longer than 5 pages.
  • A review committee will evaluate each project nomination based on the following criteria:
  • Long-term impact & sustainability of project
  • Regional Impact – proportion of the Region potentially impacted by the project
  • Provide employment opportunities to people with a variety of skill levels in a variety of employment sectors
  • Recognizes Region’s strengths and challenges
  • Project promotes and supports public and private partnerships and fund leveraging
  • Addressing of one of the key indicators in the West Michigan Regional with narrative explaining how project will move dashboard indicator forward.

Please see full grant request form here.

The FY 2018 Economic Development Assistance Programs for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance was just released.

The FY 2018 Economic Development Assistance Programs for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance was just released

Request for Qualifications / Proposals for the Coastal Zone Reforestation Tree Planting Grant Natural Bluff Area

The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission is advertising a Request for Qualifications / Proposals for the Coastal Zone Reforestation Tree Planting Grant Natural Bluff Area

RFQ/P Schedule:

  • Schedule: WMSRDC will implement the following schedule for the RFQ/P process:
  • July 9, 2018 – RFQ/P distributed to a number of qualified consultants
  • July 17, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting. Meet at WMSRDC, 3rd Floor, 316 Morris Ave, Suite 340, Terrace Plaza Building, Muskegon, MI 49440
  • July 31, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – Proposals Due at WMSRDC
  • Public Bid Opening to follow 1:00 due date de adline, at 1:30 p.m. at WMSRDC, 316 Morris Ave. Suite 340, 3rd Floor, Muskegon, MI

Additional Project-Related Information:

WMSRDC Receives Award for 21st Century Asset Management Pilot Project

Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council Honors the 21st Century Asset Management Pilot Project with 2018 TAMC Organization Award

WMSRDC is accepting bids from qualified contractors for excavation, grading, and landscaping to create an approximately one-acre wetland.

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West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) is accepting
bids from qualified contractors for excavation, grading, and landscaping to create an
approximately one-acre wetland.

Receipt of Bids: Sealed bids for the above project will be received at WMSRDC, 316 Morris
Drive, Suite 340, Muskegon, MI 49440 until 1:30 p.m. on May 22, 2018, at which time they
will be publicly opened and read aloud.

Each bid must be submitted in a sealed envelope addressed to WMSRDC, 316 Morris
Drive, Suite 340, Muskegon, MI 49440. Each sealed envelope containing a bid must be
plainly marked on the outside as, “Great Lake Restoration – Ribe Drain,” and shall
bear on the outside the name of the bidder and his address.

Major Items of Work:
 Dewatering
 Site Clearing ……………………………………….. 1.5 Acre
 Excavation & Stockpiling …………………… 5,840 CY
 Tree & Shrub Live Plantings ……………………. 49 Ea
 Sedges, Bushes, & Forbes Live Plantings … 809 Ea
 Seeding …………………………………………….. 0.84 Acre

Prebid Meeting: A Prebid Meeting is scheduled at the WMSRDC Office, 3rd floor of the
Terrace Plaza Building on May 10, 2018, followed by a site visit to review onsite conditions and
to answer any questions. The prebid meeting will begin at 2 p.m. The prebid meeting is
mandatory, perspective bidders are required to attend.

Examination of Drawings and Specifications: Bid packages are available at the office of
Westshore Consulting, 2534 Black Creek Road, Muskegon, MI 49444 – Phone: (231) 777-3447
– Fax: (231) 773-3453 for a non-refundable fee of $50.00.

Bid Surety: Bidders are required to provide Bid Security in the amount of 5 percent (5%) of the
base bid, consisting of a bid bond or certified check payable to “WMSRDC.” The successful
bidder will be required to provide Performance and Labor and Material Bonds, each for one
hundred percent (100%) of the base bid.

Right to Reject Bids: The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids in whole, or in part,
and to waive any irregularities therein, and to award the bid as the Owner deems in their best

Contracts: The bid will need to be approved by the Owner, and will be awarded in a manner
determined to be in the best interest of the Owner.

Project Completion: The Project is to be completed by September 14, 2018.

Watch a video about regional development organizations like WMSRDC “Leading the Way on Resilience”

The NADO Research Foundation (NADO RF) has released a short, animated video that highlights the multiple roles that regional development organizations (RDOs), like WMSRDC, play in fostering and strengthening resilience in their regions. Because no part of the country is immune from shocks and disruptions, RDOs, like WMSRDC, everywhere have the responsibility to step up and be agents of resilience in their communities and regions. Often, this work is “behind the scenes,” such as collecting and analyzing regional data, bringing together key stakeholders to plan, and accessing funding to support projects and initiatives.

Watch video here.

2017 WMSRDC Annual Report

2017 WMSRDC Annual Report

Check out the April/May 2018 WMSRDC Newsletter

April/May 2018 WMSRDC Newsletter

WMSRDC is a partner is the new habitat restoration to be completed under the new NOAA/Great Lakes Commission Regional Partnership

WMSRDC is a partner is the new habitat restoration to be completed under the new NOAA/Great Lakes Commission Regional Partnership

WMSRDC is currently designing the restoration of 53 acres of wetland on the Lower Muskegon River, with support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and a grant through the NOAA/Great Lakes Commission Regional Partnership.  The new funding is for construction of the project in 2017.  WMSRDC and project partners will restore wetlands, remove unnatural fill material, perform monitoring and reconnect the river to its former, natural floodplain.  For many years, this site was a celery farm owned and operated by the Bosma family.  It was recently purchased by Muskegon County under a NOAA acquisition grant. 


Below is the press release regarding the grant issued by the Great Lakes Commission.

For immediate release: August 10, 2016
Contact: Beth Wanamaker,
Office: 734-971-9135; Cell: 248-787-3920

Great Lakes Commission awarded $7.9 million to restore Muskegon Lake as part of $40 million regional partnership

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) announced today it has received $7.9 million to restore Michigan’s Muskegon Lake, as part of a new $40 million regional partnership the GLC is leading to clean up several Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The work funded will likely be the final habitat restoration project necessary for formal removal of Muskegon Lake from the list of Areas of Concern, the worst “toxic hotspots” in the region.
“We are proud to receive this recognition of our longstanding commitment to restoring toxic hotspots across the Great Lakes and excited to continue the work of restoring Muskegon Lake,” said Tim Eder, executive director of the Great Lakes Commission. “This is the third regional partnership the Great Lakes Commission has been awarded since 2008, with over $70 million being directed to key sites across the basin. We look forward to continuing this critical work in collaboration with our federal and local partners.”

Funding for the Lower Muskegon River Hydrological Reconnection and Wetland Restoration Project is being provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to the GLC, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The project will reconnect former wetlands with the Muskegon River and restore fish passage and habitat for a variety of native fish and wildlife. It is anticipated that restoration will involve the removal of three dikes (4,361 feet) composed of artificial fill, including broken concrete, soil and tree stumps. Local implementation will be led by the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission. The project is expected to increase tourism and enhance the Muskegon Lake fishery, which is estimated to contribute $1.3 million annually to the local economy.
“From fishing and boating to tourism and shipping, Michigan’s Great Lakes and waterways drive our economy,” said U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force. “The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is vital to protecting our precious water resources, and this funding will help restore critical habitat for fish and other wildlife and boost West Michigan’s economy with increased outdoor recreation opportunities.”
“Protecting our Great Lakes is so important to our way of life and our economy in Michigan,” said U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force. “Today’s investment will help us continue the cleanup and restoration of Muskegon Lake while keeping our waterways and wildlife habitats safe.”

“Our way of life in West Michigan is forever linked to the careful preservation of the Great Lakes. Programs that invest in the economic and environmental health of these treasured resources, such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, are showing real and measureable results and are something I am proud to continue to fight for,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI-02). “With White Lake officially delisted as an area of concern, I am encouraged and delighted to see the Great Lakes Commission collaborating with NOAA, as well as, state and local partners to address the remaining areas of concern across the Great Lakes region, beginning with Muskegon Lake. Restoring these sites will enhance recreational activities, expand economic opportunity, and build a stronger and more environmentally sound Muskegon County. In order to successfully preserve and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem for future generations, we must have continued engagement from stakeholders at every level. I look forward to being part of that discussion, and part of the solution.”
Muskegon Lake was designated a Great Lakes Area of Concern in 1985 due to ecological problems caused by industrial discharges, shoreline alterations and the filling of open water and coastal wetlands. Since 1992, community groups, governmental and nongovernmental organizations have worked collaboratively to remediate contaminated sediments and to restore and protect fish and wildlife species and their habitats.

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MDEQ Clean Water Infrastructure Funding

Funding Opportunities
MDEQ Clean Water Infrastructure Funding
State Revolving Fund (SRF) and Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF)

The SRF and DWRF provide communities with low-interest loans for planning, design and construction of wastewater, nonpoint source pollution control and drinking water system projects.
Interest rates range between 2 to 3 percent
Project plans are due by May 1st (drinking water) or July 1st (wastewater and nonpoint source)
Note – Projects can include green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements, or other environmentally innovative activities.

WMSRDC Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan

WMSRDC Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
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