Economic Development Contacts

Economic Development Coordination

Joel Dye, City Manager
(269) 673-5511

  • If interested in locating or starting your business within the City of Allegan, contact City Manager Joel Dye.

Tax Abatement Services
Lyndsey Shembarger, City Assessor
(269) 673-5511

  • Abatements are available for 50% on new buildings and equipment for a twelve year period.

Regional Economic Development Services 
Lakeshore Advantage
(616) 772-5226

  • Lakeshore Advantage can assist your business start, grow, and prosper. To learn more about their services, visit their website.

Building Inspection Services
Bret Rietkerk, Professional Code Inspections of MI
(616) 877-2000

  • Building construction and zoning reviews to comply with local ordinances

Zoning Review Services
Lori Castello, Professional Code Inspections of MI
(616) 877-2000

  • Zoning review services for new construction and uses

Fire Inspection Services
Nick Brink, Fire Chief
Allegan Fire District
(269) 673-4459

  • Fire inspection services based on the adopted fire code.

Brownfield Redevelopment Services
Joel Dye, City Manager
(269) 673-5511

  • Brownfield Redevelopment Services provides assistance in the clean-up of contaminated real-estate and provides an opportunity for State Single Business Tax (SBT) credits - EPA Site Assessment Grant is available to identify environmental challenges

Public Works Services
Doug Kadzban, Director
(269) 686-1115

  • Utility access and onsite meetings to locate public infrastructure, to assist in development

Historic Preservation
Lori Castello, Professional Code Inspections of MI
(616) 877-2000

  • Review of historic preservation applications before submittal to the Historic District Commission. Also, assist in Federal Historic Tax Credit process, which may provide a dollar-for-dollar reduction of federal income tax liability

Waste Water Treatment Services
Doug Sweeris, Utility Facilities Director
(269) 686-1117

  • Review any specialized waste water disposal needs, and provide clarity related to the city industrial pretreatment program

Water Treatment Services
Doug Sweeris, Utility Facilities Director
(269) 686-1117

  • Review any specialized water quality needs

Downtown Development Services
Joel Dye, City Manager
(269) 673-5511

  • Facade grant program, marketing and other incentives to develop downtown properties

Police Services
Jay Gibson, Chief of Police
(269) 673-2115

  • Provide specialized police services including site safety and traffic control reviews

Allegan County Transportation Services
Dan Wedge, Director
(269) 686-4529

  • Provide public transportation options throughout the County of Allegan

Allegan County Health Department
Randy Rapp RS, Director
(269) 673-5411

  • Provide soil and sedimentation, food service and other health related permits throughout the County of Allegan

Michelle Krcatovich, Talent Development Specialist
(269) 686-5079 ext 4176

  • Provide work force training and employer counseling related to state training programs and funding opportunities

Allegan County Clerk's Office
Bob Genetski, County Clerk
(269) 673-0450

  • Provide business license services throughout the County of Allegan

Small Business Development Center, Region 11
Dante Villarreal, Regional Director - West Michigan
(616) 331-7486

  • Provide business development services throughout the County of Allegan

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Karen Hinkle, Business Manager
(517) 243-2362

  • Provide State of Michigan contacts, tax credit and grant information to manufactures and other larger businesses

Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce
Tim Perrigo, Executive Director
(269) 673-2479

  • Provide community information, benefit support and marketing opportunities for the Allegan Area

MSU Cooperative Extension Allegan County
Betty Blase, Director
(269) 336-3275 ext 23

  • Provide business educational services, especially related to agriculture in Allegan County

SW Technical Assistance Center
Jan Campbell, PTAC Program Manager
(269) 385-0470

  • Provide access to federal, state and local government procurement services in the region

Allegan County Senior/Veterans Services
Shelly Owens, Coordinator
(269) 673-3333

  • Provide veteran service information for business start-up and employment in Allegan County

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Sue DeVries, Community Action Team Specialist
(616) 430-0208

  • Provide State of Michigan contacts, tax credits and grant information for businesses, specifically for downtowns and smaller businesses.

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Brian Howard, Business Development Specialist
(616) 240-7950

  • Provide business services to small to mid-size manufactures, including performance benchmarking, lean enterprise, market diversification and other assessment services

Debbie Gillespie, Director of Career Pathways and Community Education - Community & Business Services
(269) 926-4293

  • Customized Training through Community and Business Services. We can develop a training program tailored to the needs of your business and deliver the latest in workforce training taught by industry-recognized professionals

Foreign Trade Zone 43 - Jan Frantz. Executive Director
(269) 962-7526

  • Assists in reducing and coordinating taxes related to exports.

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