David Sipka
Brian Barber
Megan Byard
Muskegon Opportunity
Louis Churchwell
West Michigan Therapy
Lee Coggin
Baker College of Muskegon
Jon Felske
Muskegon Public Schools
Jim Fisher
Edward Garner
Muskegon Area First
Amy Heisser
Alcoa Howmet
Stuart Jones
Head Start Muskegon Oceana
Cindy Larsen
Chamber of Commerce
Chris McGuigan
Community Foundation
Dale Nesbary
Muskegon Community College
Steve Olsen
Northern Machine Tool Co.
Steve Parker
Longview Mgmt. Consulting
Christine Robere
United Way
Andy Stone
Michigan Works
John Workman
Eagle Alloy

what is thrive?

Thrive , launched in June 2013, is a community based movement formed by Muskegon County business, education, and community leaders determined to improve the local economy:

Thrive focuses on three areas:


preschool for all who desire it

S. Parker - Preschool Access Champion



all students proficient in reading and math by the 4th grade

L. Tyler - Reading-Math Proficiency Champion



ALL students career aware and able to access college

S. Olsen - Career Awareness Champion

                       J. Magsig - College Access Champion

How You Can Help Our Community Thrive

our mission

Our mission is to establish clear focus areas for our community,  leading to successful graduates who contribute to a thriving economy and a vibrant culture in Muskegon County.

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response to goals

"Your ‘Focus for Education in Muskegon County' document represents some wonderful educational leadership and opportunity."   -  President David L. Eisler of Ferris State University

"Congratulations to you and to the committee members for your insightful outline of the problem, vision, and focus points for action. I am impressed with the effort and would like to offer any assistance."
-  President John M. Dunn of Western Michigan University