Sports Commission finds success in attracting amateur competitions
By Jane C. Simons | MiBiz
Growing the region’s economy through sports-focused tourism has paid off for the West Michigan Sports Commission despite the less-than-perfect timing.
The organization began operating in 2007, just before the United States entered into the worst recession since the Great Depression. It was formed through a public-private partnership led by Grand Rapids businessman Peter Secchia to capture a portion of the estimated $10 billion national youth and amateur sports market for West Michigan.