Muskegon is a small to mid-sized city in Western Michigan. Once a manufacturing town, Muskegon is now making great strides to reinvent itself. Surrounded by several lakes and rivers, one being that of Lake Michigan, Muskegon has positioned itself as both a tourist and environmental research venue.
A few years ago, Muskegon city officials were approached by several casino developers. These developers were interested in building a casino on the Muskegon waterfront. The issue was brought to a public vote, and it appeared that the citizens of Muskegon were desirous of a casino in their community. Nonetheless, no formal proposals were made, and over time the issue quietly went away.
Over the last few months however, a few very serious gaming investors made presentations to Muskegon’s City Commission. As a result, the issue has come to the forefront once again. There have been several lively and heated discussions at commission and public forum meetings.
Those in support of the casino believe that it will give a boost to the local economy by: