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Recent News // Renewing Port of Muskegon: Michigan Regional Prosperity Initiative highlights port collaboration

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ludington Daily News | Read the full article here

They met because local water resources, like Lake Michigan, are important to this state and to Ludington.

The West Michigan Regional Prosperity Alliance (WMPA) steering committee met Monday at Harbor View Marina to talk about the Port of Muskegon project, collaboration and the Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI).

“I think to a certain degree we are all a part of Lake Michigan,” said Bob Manglitz, president and CEO of Lake Michigan Carferry. “We are all a part of the region. We should support Muskegon. It was a huge loss for them with the Cobb plant being shut down. Now, they need our support.”

The WMPA, made up of 25 members, accomplishes tasks like the Port of Muskegon Regional Logistics Hub, Lake Michigan Watershed projects, Connect Michigan, Michigan Works Ready Communities and Emerge, to name a few. They fulfill these tasks through the Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI), which, created by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013, was tasked to bring “vibrant regional economies.” There are 10 regions throughout the state with RPI, as educators, workforce developers, and others sectors of regional planning work together to promote prosperity.

The region is made up of 13 counties, which is the second largest population in the state (roughly the size of New Jersey). Geographically, it is the second largest region after the Upper Peninsula’s prosperity region. Region 4 covers 130 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

For John Weiss, chair of the Prosperity Alliance, the RPI is different than other committees — in a good way.

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