Economic Development Corp

Economic Development Corp

Committee Expectations
The Economic Development Corporation was formed to coordinate and implement economic development activities of Kentwood. The EDC Board is appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Commission. All Board members are Kentwood residents or corporate residents representing a variety of businesses and industries. Meetings are held at 8 a.m. on the third Monday of each month. The EDC Board should be comprised of members with diverse backgrounds or interest in business, management, finance, real estate and law. Candidates for the Economic Development Corporation have an interest in the economic welfare of the City of Kentwood. Entrepreneurs with experience in starting a business in Michigan would be considered an asset to the EDC. Since the EDC also serves as the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, an interest or background in environmental issues/science is desirable.

What the EDC Does
The EDC acts as a liaison to attract, retain and expand business within the Kentwood community. The Board members and their staff work with various branches of the government in enhancing resources that are available to businesses.

How can I help?
In discussions with your neighbors, colleagues and business associates you can point out the benefits of living in Kentwood, such as its vibrant business community, well developed infrastructure, first class school system, excellent recreational facilities as well as its proximity to all forms of transportation, including the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Getting Involved
By helping the EDC you are lending a hand so that your community can prosper!  Our success ensures that all citizens of our community can enjoy the available resources for a peaceful and pleasant life.

Board Members

  • Rich Gaffin
  • Jessica Ann Tyson
  • Dave DeBruyn
  • Jim Green
  • Jim Swoboda
  • Earl Clements
  • Robert Coughlin
  • Joel Brandt
  • Anthony DeLuccia

Resources

City of Kentwood Brochure
Small Business Assistance Services


Agendas & Minutes