The Port of Muskegon Infrastructure & Organizational Analysis was made possible by a $62,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration in late 2015. In addition, the West Michigan Prosperity Alliance (WMPA) identified the Port of Muskegon Regional Logistics Hub as the top regional economic development priority for the 13-county area and contributed $31,250 towards the required local matching funds. In response to the WMPA dollars, the community was able to raise additional monies bringing the total project cost to $125,000.
In January 2016, a request for proposals (RFP) was issued by WMSRDC to contract with a consultant to assist with the project. A steering committee was also formed to help guide development of the analysis. Following the RFP process, Martin Associates was selected as the consultant for the project. Work on the Port of Muskegon Infrastructure and Organizational Analysis has been completed and was presented to the Muskegon County Port Advisory Committee at their regularly scheduled meeting on September 27th.
WMSRDC has been assisting the Muskegon County Port Advisory Committee over the past four years on the positioning of the port as a regional logistics hub. The Port of Muskegon has a long history of commercial and industrial activity. The Port Advisory Committee consists of both public and private community leaders working to promote the Port and increase economic activity in and around the Harbor.