Promise Zone Meeting Dates:

August 19, 2014
September 15, 2014
October 21, 2014 (Cancelled)
November 18, 2014 (Cancelled)
December 10, 2014 (reschedule of November 18 meeting)
December 16, 2014 (Cancelled)
January 20, 2015
February 17, 2015
March 17, 2015
April 21, 2015
May 19, 2015
June 16, 2015
July 21, 2015
August 18, 2015
September 15, 2015
October 20, 2015
November 17, 2015
December 15, 2015

Promise Zone





In 2008 the "Michigan Promise Zone Act" (Act 549 and Act 550) was passed, which provided a rare opportunity for ten communities within the state to strive to become "Promise Zones."


The purpose of a Promise Zone is to support local efforts to promise a college education to K-12 students who reside within the zone. These funds would be available after all other student aid has been exhausted.


In April 2009, the Michigan Department of Treasury approved the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District's application to become a Promise Zone.

An Authority Board, representing different professions in the community, now meets regularly and is currently conducting research, planning, and evaluating the potential to raise the private dollars that must fund the Promise Zone for the first two years.

After the second year of distributing privately funded scholarships, a certified Promise Zone can then capture one-half of the growth in the state education tax to be used for a two-year associate's degree or up to a four-year degree for resident students. 

Muskegon Area Promise Zone Authority Board    

Member Name                                     Organization Represented 

Lee Coggin                              Baker College
Holly Hughes                           Community Representative
Robert Jacobs                        Community Shores Bank
Cindy Larsen                           Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
Chris McGuigan                      Community Foundation for Muskegon County
John Severson                        Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
Gary Nelund                            State Farm Insurance
Dale Nesbary                          Muskegon Community College
Steve Parker                           LongView Management Consulting
Megan Byard                           Muskegon Opportunity/Promise Zone Coordinator


Frequently Asked Questions about the Promise Zone

Also see Press Release