The Osceola County Community Development office is Osceola County's point of contact for economic development programs, activities, and questions. For assistance please email or call Dan Massy at (231) 832-7397.
- The State of Michigan has allocated $55 million to implement the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to support the needs of eligible Michigan businesses that have experienced a significant hardship due to the COVID-19 emergency "Gatherings and Face Mask Order". Osceola County's portion of the funding is $89,371. The application window for businesses to apply is Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, January 22, 2021 at noon. You can learn more at Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program. (1/14/21)
- Manufacturing Week YouTube videos are now online. Learn more about manufacturing by accessing these videos from the West Michigan Works! website. (12/14/20)
- Michigan’s small businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus will be able to apply for grants of up to $15,000 through the Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative beginning at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, December 15. Applications will be reviewed on a “first-in” basis by the Michigan Municipal League Foundation, who is serving as the statewide administrator of the grant. Application questions and instructions, eligibility criteria, and a video tutorial on the application process are available at michiganbusiness.org/relief. (12/11/20)
- Manufacturers, including Osceola County's own Yoplait, have joined with West Michigan Works! and Grand Valley State University film students for Discover Manufacturing Week. The annual event introduces students and educators to modern manufacturing. This year Manufacturing Week will take place from November 9th through the 13th and has gone virtual. (11/2/20)
- The State of Michigan has announced that the Going PRO Talent Fund application period for fiscal year 2021 opens on Monday, November 2nd and closes on Monday, November 30th at 5:00 p.m. The Going Pro Talent Fund makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees. Learn more by going to the Going PRO Talent Fund Fact Sheet. (10/7/20)
- Osceola County has awarded $174,523 in Small Business Relief Restart grants to 24 small businesses. (8/3/20)
- Osceola County has awarded $15,231 in Small Business Relief Program grants to 4 small businesses. Thirty-five jobs were retained through the program. (5/27/20)
- The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has compiled a list of resources and information for Michigan businesses during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. They will continue to update the list as more resources become available. (5/1/20)
In addition to providing general assistance, other economic development related activities performed by the Community Development office include:
- Conducting a Business Retention & Expansion Program.
- Developing and maintaining the County Profile. More detailed demographic data is available upon request.
- Marketing available industrial land and buildings (i.e. County website, ZoomProspector, written material, etc.)
- Maintaining an Osceola County Manufacturers Directory.
- Managing Osceola County's Brownfield Redevelopment Program.
- Serving as the coordinator for Osceola County's broadband expansion initiative.
- Managing the Osceola County Land Bank Authority.
- Serving on the Michigan Works! West Central Workforce Development Board, the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission (WMRPC), and the WMRPC's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee.
- Maintaining contacts with local, regional, and State agencies.
- Developing and maintaining the Economic Development section of the County website.
- Working special projects (i.e. Manufacturing Week, grants, etc.).