The Township Board approved a new three-year economic development contract with the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven-Spring Lake-Ferrysburg on Monday night. The new pact takes effect Oct. 1 and will cost the township about $19,000.
The Chamber of Commerce would receive $63,697 in the contract's first year should all of the other four municipalities linked with the chamber — the cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg, and Spring Lake village and township — also approve it. The economic development contract accounts for about 10 percent of the chamber's total income.
Some of the partnering communities have yet to approve the pact.
Township Trustee Calvin Meeusen voted "reluctantly yes" after expressing concerns about not receiving quarterly updates from the chamber, and that tourism is more of a focus than manufacturing.
"That is not thought of near enough — period," he said.
Chamber President Joy Gaasch said that though tourism is a factor in the local economy, about 30 percent is driven by manufacturing.
"Economic development has changed to retention of our manufacturing firms," she said.
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