OUR VIEWS: An A for economic development

Jul 25, 2012


Luckily, Grand Haven is not one of them. Area leaders work hard to make sure the downtown is vibrant and bustling with business.

The recent announcement that Muskegon Community College will offer classes in downtown Grand Haven is an all-around win for everyone, and is one more feather in the cap of community leaders.

It’s really quite simple. People buy things. The more people you bring to a particular area, the more things that will be purchased in that area — from food and drinks to clothing and other goods.

It’s also no secret that communities that have an educated workforce are appealing to businesses that are considering relocating to the area. MCC will provide an opportunity to area students who otherwise may have slipped through the cracks of higher education.

Whether it is for financial challenges or other reasons, not everyone comes out of high school ready to move on to a four-year institution.

This will be a great alternative for many to advance their education and enhance their lives, all within the close proximity of their hometown.

With growth comes challenges, and this will be no different. Whether it’s increased traffic in the downtown area or lack of available parking, we as a community need to embrace this development and recognize the benefits it brings to our town today, and tomorrow.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Kevin Collier, Nick White and Liz Stuck. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.


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