One billion is a big number, especially when it’s attached to dollars.

The Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 2017 Newsmaker of the Year had the pleasure of touting that number during a year of significant economic development along the lakeshore.

Cindy Larsen, president of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, was honored before a packed house of nearly 600 this morning at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for the more than $1 billion in investment in public spaces, new buildings and renovations on the books in and around Muskegon. She also picked up the Newsmaker award in the economic development category.

She was among winners in 16 categories who were recognized for their contributions to the West Michigan business community.


Ryan VerWys, Inner City Christian Federation

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