Who We Are
The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission is a federal and state designated regional planning and development agency serving 120 local governments in Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties.
WMSRDC is also the planning agency for the metropolitan transportation planning (MPO) program for Muskegon and Northern Ottawa Counties.
The mission of the Commission is to promote and foster regional development in West Michigan through cooperation amongst local governments and other regional partners. WMSRDC provides services and manages and administers programs in homeland security, transportation planning, economic development, environmental planning, community development, local government services, and other special projects.
Did You Know?
- WMSRDC Executive Director, Erin Kuhn is president of the Michigan Association of Regions (MAR). MAR is committed to the advancement and advocacy of Michigan’s planning regions as a means to support sustainable, collaborative communities and a strong state.
- The United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) has made over 40 investments in the region since 1966, most of which were facilitated by WMSRDC.
- Approximately 40-50 projects seeking federal funds are sent to the Commission for the Federal Project Review System each year.
- WMSRDC is working with West Michigan Watershed groups and regional planning partners to develop a West Michigan Water Quality Plan and a funding strategy to implement clean water practices.
- On average, WMSRDC completes two to three Master Plans and/or Recreation Plans for local communities per year.
- WMSRDC’s Kathy Evans is in the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.
- WMSRDC offers GIS mapping and printing services to communities in the region.
- In 2012 WMSRDC became the first and only regional council in the United States to sign a contract with a dog! Yes, that is true. WMSRDC signed a contract with Environmental Canine Services (ECS) for a Muskegon Lake Watershed Project to identify problem areas of sewage leaks.
- WMSRDC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
- The Region 14 Rural Transportation Task Force, administered by WMSRDC, invested over $4,000,000 of combined federal, state, local funding, in rural transportation projects in Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana counties in FY 2019.
- WMSRDC implemented over $30 million of natural fish and wildlife habitat restoration in the lower Muskegon River watershed and along the Muskegon Lake shoreline from 2009-2020 with federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant funds and American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant funds.
- WMSRDC publishes a bi-monthly newsletter that is mailed to over 500 recipients. The newsletter is also available on this website.
- WMSRDC administrates the Region 14 Rural Transportation Task Force.
- WMSRDC is collaborating with a four-state Lake Michigan Trail Network to promote development of a multi-modal trail network and a 1,600 mile continuous loop non-motorized water trail around Lake Michigan.
- 91% of residents surveyed are aware of Clean Air Action Days due to the cooperative efforts of WMSRDC’s Clean Air Action Program and the West Michigan Clean Air Coalition.WMSRDC continues to host a series of regional forums developed to help local communities learn more about pertinent planning and development subjects.
- WMSRDC is currently implementing $12 million of fish and wildlife restoration and water quality improvements in the Muskegon River/Muskegon Lake Watershed with Great Lakes Restoration Initiative/NOAA funds.
- In 2015 WMSRDC administered over $35 million in federal, state, and local transportation projects (highway and transit) through the MPO program.
- WMSRDC was designated an Economic Development District (EDD) by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) in 1975. WMSRDC maintains that designation to this day.
WMSRDC Board of Commissioners
|James Rynberg, Chairperson||Mayor, City of Fremont|
|Bonnie McGlothin, Vice-Chairperson||Councilperson, City of Muskegon Heights|
|Dale Nesbary, Secretary||Muskegon Community College|
|Kay Beecham||Councilperson, City of Norton Shores|
|James Brown||Oceana County Commissioner|
|Burt Cooper||Newaygo County Board of Commissioners|
|Dean Gustafson||Oceana County Board of Commissioners|
|Jennifer Hodges||Supervisor, Muskegon Township|
|Rich Houtteman||WMSRDC Appointee|
|Marcia Hovey-Wright||Muskegon County Commissioner|
|James Kelly||WMSRDC Appointee|
|Nick Krieger||Mason County Commissioner|
|Charles Lange||Mason County Commissioner|
|Andrea Large||WMSRDC Appointee|
|Joseph Lenius||Councilperson, City of Ludington|
|Howard Lodholtz||Lake County Commissioner|
|James Maike||Newaygo County Commissioner|
|Bob Scolnik||Muskegon County Commissioner|
|Vacant||Commissioner, City of Muskegon|
|Rillastine Wilkins||Muskegon County Commissioner|
|Crystal Young||West Shore Community College|