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    Jim Sandy, President of the Mecosta County Development Corporation, has announced his plans to retire on June 11.  Sandy has spent 48 years in education, chamber work, work force and economic development.  He started his career as the director for youth activities at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Flint.  He also coached at Flint Central High before moving on to El Cajon, California where he was a counselor, teacher and coach at Christian High School.  Sandy moved back to Michigan in 1984 and spent the next 25 years as an advocate for small business and for implementing improvements in the education system.  He came to the MCDC in 2012 and plans to remain in the area after his retirement.

    The following is the job posting:

    President, Mecosta County Development Corporation

    The Mecosta County Development Corporation is seeking an experienced economic and business development professional to serve as the President of the organization.

    The position will be responsible for taking a proactive approach to soliciting new business, retaining, and expanding existing businesses as well as advocating on behalf of the business community.  The successful candidate must possess a comprehensive knowledge of business planning, development, financing programs, government policy, as well as experience in negotiating and implementing development agreements.  The position also requires strong communication skills, effective use of social media, and the ability to work independently.  A successful candidate will have a vision for developing and extending economic development services that include working with (contractual basis) the leadership of Osceola County.  

    Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Development, Urban Planning, Public Administration, Business or related field and three years of progressively responsible experience in economic/community development related activities or comparable private sector experience.  A complete job description is available at: mecostaedc.com. 

    Salary package $55,000 - $70,000 DOQ with benefits to be negotiated.

    Resumes will be accepted beginning May 14, 2021 and may be submitted to Michele Graham, supervisor@mecostatwp.org.  We will receive applications until the position is filled.

    For a detailed job description go to: https://Job-Description.pdf

    Restaurant Revitalization Fund

    RRF Applications Open Monday, May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT

    This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

    Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:

    • Restaurants

    • Food stands, food trucks, food carts

    • Caterers

    • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns

    • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars

    • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)

    • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)

    • Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)

    • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)

    • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)

    • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

    How to Prepare:

    Register for an account in advance at restaurants.sba.gov starting Friday, April 30 at 9 a.m. EDT. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register beforehand on the application portal.

    How to Apply:

    You can apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale (POS) vendors or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal: https://restaurants.sba.gov.

    Registration with SAM.gov is not required. DUNS or CAGE identifiers are also not required.

    If you would like to prepare your application, view the sample application form. You will be able to complete this form online. Please do not submit RRF forms to SBA at this time.

    For assistance preparing your application, you can contact the call center support at 1-844-279-8898.



  • Welcome to Mecosta County!

    Mecosta County truly is the 'County for Every Season.'  There is no better place to work, raise a family, or vacation.  The county's prospering rural economy allows our residents to enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere and a high quality of life.  The diversified economy of Mecosta County is centered on agriculture, higher education, and a broad range of manufactring specialties which combined produces unparalleled economic stability.  

    Mecosta County is Pure Michigan

    Mecosta County is committed to working as a partner with Travel Michigan's award winning Pure Michigan advertising campaign.  Support from a variety of local partners resulted in Mecosta County's participation in the marketing campaign.  To learn more about the treasures awaiting to be discovered in Mecosta County, click on the link below to listen to the Mecosta County 'Best Kept Secret' Pure Michigan radio ad!  Be sure to visit Michigan's official Travel and Tourism site to learn more about what our great state has to offer.

    For local information contact the Mecosta County Convention and Visitors' Bureau.