One billion is a big number, especially when it’s attached to dollars.

The Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 2017 Newsmaker of the Year had the pleasure of touting that number during a year of significant economic development along the lakeshore.

Cindy Larsen, president of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, was honored before a packed house of nearly 600 this morning at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for the more than $1 billion in investment in public spaces, new buildings and renovations on the books in and around Muskegon. She also picked up the Newsmaker award in the economic development category.

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