Mecosta County

The diversified economy of Mecosta County is centered on agriculture, higher education, and a broad range of manufacturing specialties.

Mecosta County is home to a prospering rural economy, centered on agriculture, higher education, and a broad range of manufacturing specialties. There are also various festivals, recreational trails, events, dining, and small businesses to support. The county has many undeveloped and developed sites that are competitively priced for the region.

View the website of our strategic partner, the Mecosta County Development Corporation, to learn more about Mecosta County.

Recent Mecosta County News

The Right Place announces new hires, promotions in partner counties

The Right Place announces new hires, promotions in partner counties

Executive Directors hired for Mecosta, Mason, and Oceana Counties

Mecosta County Development Corporation

A collaborative effort between Mecosta County, the City of Big Rapids, Ferris State University, Big Rapids Township, Mecosta Township and other local private sector partners, the MCDC’s mission is:

To facilitate and initiate economic development that expands and diversifies the Mecosta County economy, thereby creating job opportunities for area residents.

In 2021, the Mecosta County Development Corporation partnered with The Right Place, West Michigan’s leading economic development organization, to provide economic development services for Mecosta County.

This partnership greatly enhanced the MCDC's capabilities, bringing new support and services to Mecosta companies. The county is now a regional player in West Michigan, with access to a wide variety of economic support.

Mecosta County Development Corporation's 2022 Board of Directors


  • Michele Graham, Mecosta Township - Chair
  • Mark Gifford, City of Big Rapids - Vice Chair
  • Bill Stanek, Big Rapids Township - Treasurer
  • Michele Rasmussen, Ferris State University - Secretary

Board Members

  • Michele Albright, Ferris State University
  • Jim Bachmeier, Ferris State University
  • Bruce Baker, Baker's Management
  • Dave Bee, WMRPC
  • Marilyn Bradstrom, Mecosta County
  • Paul Bullock, Mecosta County*
  • Jim Chapman, Green Township
  • John Currie, Clear Lake Golf Course
  • Chris Doxsee, TC Energy
  • Dave Eisler, Ferris State University
  • Josh Eling, Isabella Bank
  • Jerry Everett, Big Rapids Township
  • Brad Fath, Csernai, Lerner & Fath
  • Robert Fisher, Lake Osceola State Bank*
  • Jerry Garner, Century 21 Real Estate
  • Mark Gifford, City of Big Rapids
  • Samuel Gordon, Ice Mountain
  • Fred Guenther, Big Rapids
  • Eric Gustad, Consumers Energy
  • Tim Haist, Big Rapids Public Schools
  • Dave Hamelund, Hamtech, Inc.*
  • Michele Hoitenga, State Representative
  • Linda Howard, At-Large
  • Kitt Jarzabkowski, Gerber Construction
  • Shelly Keene, West Central MichiganWorks!
  • Karl Kemnitz, Leprino
  • Mark Klumpp, Morton Township
  • Connie Koepke, Mecosta Visitors' Bureau
  • Gary Lambrix, Lambrix Serve All
  • Andrea Leslie, Spectrum Health Big Rapids
  • Michelle Lewis, Deerfield Township
  • Steve Locke, MOISD
  • Randy Maxwell, Greenridge Real Estate
  • Jeremy Mishler, Ferris State University
  • Michelle Moen, Edward Jones Investments
  • Rick Outman, State Senator
  • Ed Richter, Lakeside Motor Sports
  • Thomas Rowland, Horizon Bank
  • Steve Sims, Haworth Manufacturing
  • Tom Stephenson, Connect Michigan
  • Carolyn Towsley, Austin Township
  • Mark Warba, Attorney
  • Gary Wendlowsky, Ferris State University
  • Jonathan Wilson, DTE Energy

*Executive Committee Member


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Kelly Wawsczyk

Executive Director, Mecosta County Development Corporation

Kelly serves as the Executive Director for the Mecosta County Development Corporation. In this role, she leads the promotion of economic development in Mecosta County through the attraction, retention and expansion of business and industry.

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