A Project Funded and Supported by: The West Michigan Regional Prosperity Alliance
The West Michigan Regional Prosperity Alliance (WMRPA) is one of 10 economic regions identified by Governor Rick Snyder to create vibrant regional economies. The 31-member WMPRA steering committee is composed of representatives from: regional transportation and planning, economic development, higher education, community development, adult education, workforce development, private business, and philanthropic groups.
Why is it important?
The West Michigan region lacks a common set of measurements by which to measure its growth and prosperity. Although several organizations, such as Talent 2025, K-Connect, Our Community’s Children and the West Michigan Presidents’ Compact Committee are collecting, tracking, and sharing valuable data within the region, a common set of shared metrics for the entire region is needed. A coordinated measurement tool empowers communities in the region to begin strategic change and build collective action.
What is the regional dashboard?
The West Michigan Regional Prosperity Alliance established a common set of shared metrics that will track the region’s progress on critical economic, environmental, and social outcomes. The goal of the project is to share these metrics as a regional dashboard with the region.
Who is responsible for the dashboard data?
An Advisory Committee of regional organizations are leading the data gathering and development of this dashboard project. Current member organizations include:
•Barry County Community Foundation
•Grand Valley State University
•Michigan Works! West-Central
•Sustainable Partners LLC
•The Right Place, Inc.
•W.E. Upjohn Institute
•West Michigan Works!