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Oceana County Michigan

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Our Vision

The Oceana County Economic Alliance fosters economic prosperity as the central hub for the promotion, support, and growth of Oceana County.

Our Mission

To create a diverse economic environment by strengthening talent, leveraging resources, and supporting the retention, expansion, attraction, and creation of Oceana County businesses.

Partnership

Gradually the Oceana County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will begin the process of dissolution, leading to a new era of economic development in Oceana County with a new agency. The EDC will be replaced with a newly established nonprofit organization called the Oceana County Economic Alliance (OCEA).  The OCEA is in the final stages of establishing itself as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, allowing financial support from the community to be used as a possible personal or business tax deduction (please consult your tax advisor directly).

The OCEA is partnering with The Right Place (Grand Rapids) to provide economic development services to Oceana County. The Right Place has several decades of experience working in West Michigan with a network of partner agencies to provide results-based economic development.  To learn more about The Right Place, please visit the agency’s website at https://www.rightplace.org/.  You can find a link to the OCEA on the website as well by using this link: https://www.rightplace.org/for-local-business/oceana-county.

Just like our predecessor organization (the EDC), OCEA needs local community and business support to meet our overall strategic goal(s) of business retention, expansion, and recruitment. Please contact one of the following individuals to learn more about the opportunity to support OCEA.

Mr. Gayle Forner, President gforner@fbinsmi.com
Dr. Robert J. Sobie, Treasurer rsobie@oceana.mi.us
Ms. Jodi Nichols, Business Development Coordinator nicholsj@rightplace.org

Oceana County Economic Alliance
Ms. Jodi Nichols
844 S. Griswold Street
Hart, MI 49420
(231) 742-3328

Historical Information Re: Oceana County Economic Development Corporation

The scenic agricultural community of Oceana County is located on the shore of Lake Michigan about an hour North of Grand Rapids. Devoid of the urban sprawl, Oceana County is the permanent home of more than 20,000 Michiganders, while attracting thousands of tourists to the area each Summer to experience the recreation and relaxation of the unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline.

Oceana County Economic Development Corporation was a corporation to assist business development needs in Oceana County. We offered a wide array of services to present and prospective new business; including financing, site selection, research information, education, networking opportunities with economic development agencies, workforce development, and trade. Our Corporation partnered closely with local, regional, and state agencies to create a strong link for industry needs.

Economic Development News

Shop Oceana

Posted on May 6, 2020
News from the Oceana County Economic Alliance.  As we begin to emerge from the effects of COVID-19, it’s important for our communities to promote shopping local.  When you shop locally, you help create jobs for our businesses that in turn fuel our local economy.  Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in ... READ MORE

Community Leaders Breakfast

Posted on May 21, 2019
The 2019 Community Leaders Breakfast was held on May 17 at the Shelby Optimists Club located in the Shelby Industrial Park.  Use of the venue was donated by the Club and it accommodated over 100 attendees from business, education, nonprofit, and government. This year’s event sponsors included Gold-level: Shelby State Bank and West Shore Bank; ... READ MORE

Multi-Year Strategic Partnership with The Right Place, Inc.

Posted on July 10, 2018
Today, we announced a new multi-year strategic partnership with The Right Place, Inc., to provide a new level of economic development services in Oceana County. Under the terms of the three-year agreement, The Right Place will support the county’s economic development efforts by providing comprehensive business retention, expansion and attraction services. The Right Place will ... READ MORE
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Contact Oceana County Economic Alliance

Staff

Ms. Jodi Nichols
Business Development Coordinator
(231) 742-3328
nicholsj@rightplace.org

County Services Building

844 S. Griswold Street
Suite 500
Hart, MI 49420
Phone: (231) 742-3328 Direct
Phone: (231) 873-7141

Hours

Please call to set up an appointment.

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Oceana County News

Vacancies on The Department of Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Posted: September 24th, 2020
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs Committee is a five person committee appointed by the Oceana County Board of Commissioners,
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Election Results

Posted: August 4th, 2020
To view the official election results for Oceana County, click here. Please remember to press F5 or click Refresh/Reload
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Post Webinar Materials: High Water and High Waves: How Our Beaches Respond

Posted: June 9th, 2020
Following the June 15th webinar by Professor Guy Meadows titled: “High Water and High Waves: How Our Beaches Respond”
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Shop Oceana

Posted: May 6th, 2020
News from the Oceana County Economic Alliance.  As we begin to emerge from the effects of COVID-19, it’s important
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Upcoming Events

Nov5

Planning Commission Meeting

Oceana County Building
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nov5

Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting

Oceana County Building
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Nov12

Board of Commissioners Meeting

Oceana County Building
11:30am - 1:00pm
Nov26

Board of Commissioners Meeting

Oceana County Building
11:30am - 1:00pm
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