For those who have left Muskegon, business leaders have a message for you: We want you back

Muskegon’s ReThink West Michigan event will be held at the Block, located above Unruly Brewing in downtown Muskegon.

For those who have moved away from Muskegon, business leaders have a message for you: We want you to come home.

Muskegon Area First, a countywide economic development corporation, is teaming up with Hello West Michigan to offer ReThink West Michigan, a free networking and career event that hopes to persuade expats to return to an area that’s quickly expanding—and where companies are looking to hire for a wide range of positions.

The event will be held from 5:30-8pm on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at The Block (360 W. Western Ave., above Unruly Brewing). To register, please click here.

“We encourage all former Muskegon County residents who are interested in returning to the Muskegon area to attend the ReThink event,” Darryl Todd, Muskegon Area First Director of Talent Initiatives, said in a press release. “Muskegon County is growing, development is at an all-time high, and it’s the perfect place to live, work and play.”

One of five ReThink West Michigan events happening throughout the region, the Muskegon affair includes a lineup of local businesses—but it’s less traditional job fair and more of a casual networking event. Feel free to bring a business card or an elevator pitch, but you can also just come to network and relax before the Thanksgiving festivities go into overdrive. Local companies that will attend the event include the County of Muskegon, Spectrum Health, and Edward Jones, a financial services firm.

You don’t have to be a former resident to attend, and anyone looking for a job is welcome. The evening centers on those who have moved away because it’s held at a time many former West Michiganders are back in town—the night before Thanksgiving. The other ReThink West Michigan events are being held in Hastings, Ludington, Grand Rapids, Oceana, and Fremont.

To find out more information and to register online, visit

One thought on “For those who have left Muskegon, business leaders have a message for you: We want you back

  • November 26, 2019 at 3:48 am

    How about cleaning up the Lakes Mall area!! It’s a disgrace! Weeds, overgrown fields, trash, and empty stores do nothing to attract people to the area! What has been done to encourage merchants to fill the Younker’s and Sears stores? We have become the discount/dollar store capitol of Michigan!! We now have to travel to Grand Rapids for all our shopping!! Sad!


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