West Michigan Lakeshore Region

Economic Update

Allegan and Ottawa Counties

Employers in Allegan and Ottawa counties are growing in a healthy regional economy. Growth opportunities include the region's manufacturing, construction and professional, scientific, and technical service industries. From 2013-2018 these industries grew by 20%, 25% and 20% respectively.

Seventy-three percent of employers reported plans to expand in the next three years. The 2019 Economic Update is the analysis of 120 interviews of senior-level executives at primary employers in Allegan and Ottawa counties from June 2018 - May 2019. Of the companies interviewed:
  • 69% reported that market share of their key product was increasing
  • 89% reported increasing or stable sales
  • The number of respondents reporting some international sales has increased 12% over the last three years.

 Download the 2019 Economic Update Report