Planning & Performance Improvement

Economic Development

Economic Development

Learn how broadband, brownfield redevelopment, and bonded projects can improve our economy.

Economic Development

Learn how broadband, brownfield redevelopment, and bonded projects can improve our economy.

Economic Development

Learn how broadband, brownfield redevelopment, and bonded projects can improve our economy.

Current Projects

  • Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment

    Formally established in 2008, the Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (OCBRA) facilitates the rehabilitation, revitalization, and reuse of environmentally contaminated, blighted, or functionally obsolete properties identified as "brownfields." The OCBRA can offer several financial tools to help developers offset costs incurred for environmental assessment, demolition, lead or asbestos abatement, and other activities performed as part of an approved brownfield plan. Learn More »

  • Ottawa County High-Speed Wireless Broadband Initiative

    Broadband internet is defined by the Federal Communications Commission as an internet connection with a download speed of 25 Megabits per second and an upload speed of 3 Megabits per second. Although Ottawa County does not own or operate a high-speed broadband internet system, it has been working to identify the barriers to broadband access and is working on collaborative solutions to extend broadband to underserved areas—primarily located in the rural areas of the County. Ottawa County is also working to collaboratively promote the availability of existing broadband options. Learn more »

  • Agricultural Initiatives
    Agriculture is a thriving economic industry in Ottawa County! That is why the County is developing and implementing a Farmland Preservation Strategy to help our farmers succeed, whether through coordinated, effective land use planning, technology advancements, market development, succession planning, and more. Learn More »
  • ACRE AgTech

    What is ACRE?

    Meet any experienced farmer, and they know exactly what an acre is - a tract of land, a unit of measurement, fertile soil, boundaries, a place to grow. Experienced farmers know everything about that acre.

    Our ACRE is also a place to grow, a fertile ecosystem in which to cultivate ideas, whether that idea is equipment, machinery, a software program, or any innovation that could benefit the agriculture industry. We have the experience to help entrepreneurs navigate barriers, connect with opportunities, and access the expertise they need grow their idea into a thriving business. Learn more about ACRE AgTech »

  • Completed Projects

  • Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds (2010)

    Ottawa was the first county in Michigan to allocate a Recovery Zone Bond allotment. A Recovery Zone Economic Development Bond (RZEDB) award of $5.6 million was allocated to the City of Grand Haven in August 2009 for their Washington Avenue Improvement Project.

    The Planning and Performance Improvement Department recommended a second RZEDB allocation of $6.4 million to the City of Coopersville for upgrades to their wastewater treatment system, as well as for public infrastructure improvements to accommodate growth in the community. These bonds were allocated in April 2010.

  • Recovery Zone Facility Bonds (2010)

    In February 2010, Ottawa County allocated their entire $31.1 million allotment in Federal Recovery Zone Facility Bonds (RZFB) to the Michigan Strategic Fund for the Continental Dairy Products project. The project includes construction, renovation, and equipment purchases to convert the vacant Delphi facility that is located in the City of Coopersville into a milk processing plant. The plant will be capable of processing four million pounds of milk daily into longer shelf life products such as butter, cream, condensed milk and milk powder. The project will create 70 permanent, full-time jobs over the next two years at a total cost of $90.5 million.

  • Renaissance Zones (2010)

    In 2010, the Planning and Performance Improvement Department worked in conjunction with Request Foods and Holland Charter Township to successfully process an Agricultural Processing Renaissance Zone designation to accommodate a proposed plant expansion. This designation, which the Board of Commissioners approved, will result in a $40.6 million investment in the new facility and the creation of 250 new jobs.

  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas (2009)

    Ottawa County became its own single county metropolitan statistical area (Holland-Grand Haven MSA) after the 2000 Census because it was 317 individuals short from reaching the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) 25% commuter threshold in order to be included with the larger Grand Rapids MSA. The OMB’s standards created a serious misconception regarding the economic size of this region. In 2009, the Planning and Performance Improvement Department pursued a dialog with the OMB to modify its standards for defining MSAs and the County Planning Commission approved a Resolution which supported having Ottawa County join the Kent County (i.e. Grand Rapids) region in order to achieve an MSA that has a population of more than 1,000,000. This Resolution was forwarded to the OMB.

    In March 2013, the OMB designated Ottawa County as part of a four-county MSA (Grand Rapids-Wyoming) that also includes Kent, Barry, and Montcalm Counties. The Grand Rapids-Wyoming MSA has a population of more than 1 million. Learn more »

Contact the Planning and Performance Improvement Department for more information about other projects completed prior to 2009.