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  • Our Mission and Strategies


    The successor to several previous county-wide economic development organizations, the Mecosta County Development Corporation was formed in 1995 as a private, non-profit 501(c)(6) corporation for the purpose of retaining existing and attracting new business and industry to Mecosta County.

    A collaborative effort between Mecosta County, the City of Big Rapids, Ferris State University, Big Rapids Township, Morton Township, Mecosta Township and other local private sector partners, the MCDC’s mission is:

    To facilitate and initiate economic development that expands and diversifies the Mecosta County economy, thereby creating job opportunities for area residents.

    To that end, the organization has three primary areas of focus:

    • Facilitate communication and cooperation between local organizations, business people, communities, and governmental units.
    • Retain and expand area businesses, bringing together partners capable of meeting their evolving needs. 
    • Market Mecosta County by promoting the attributes that make it a great place for business to enhance development opportunities.

    The President for the Mecosta County Development Corporation is Jim Sandy.  Mr. Sandy serves at the discretion of the appointed board of directors.  The principle office is located in Big Rapids, Michigan.

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    Board of Directors

    The Full Board of Directors of the Mecosta County Development Corporation represents a broad cross section Mecosta County residents.  Representation on the board includes local and state governmental officials, private business, non-profit organizations, education, health care, legal and financial institutions, private citizens, and other local partners.  Board meetings are held once each quarter beginning in March and continuing on through June, September, and December.  Meetings are generally scheduled for the second Friday of each quarter.  The Full Board currently consists of 49 members, though that number generally fluctuates between 40 and 50 depending on the annual recommendations of the Nominating Committee.

    The Executive Committee provides guidance to the Executive Director on issues affecting the day to day operations of the corporation.  The Executive Committee is comprised of ten members, and includes the four officers of the corporation.  The Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month.  A listing of the Full Board of Directors, including members of the Executive Committee (in bold), can be found in the following link.  All members of the Executive Committee have signed confidentially agreements to insure the utmost confidentially when meeting with existing businesses or new prospective clients.