Forecasting Strength

West Michigan and Holland have a history of success and boast a solid economic base that is competitive in the global market. While certain markets struggle throughout the U.S., we simply see ups and downs as the reality of competition. And we compete well. Our workforce is skilled, our work ethic is widely respected and our future prospects are strong.

Diverse Economy

Because of our location, supportive local government, excellent labor force, and educational infrastructure, Holland is a place where businesses come to grow and succeed. Today, our economic foundation spans several industries and includes an impressive array of leading-edge initiatives and forward-thinking companies. Pictured above is the Haworth Corporate Center – one of our great, creative companies.

Local Bigs

Visit some of the area’s largest employers.
Herman-Miller
Johnson Controls
Perrigo
Gentex
Haworth

 

My name is Ada Delgado

Holland is a hard-working community with a great work ethic.

Coming from an island like Yobucoa, Puerto Rico, I just can’t imagine living somewhere that is not on the beach. Not only does Holland have an amazing beach, but it has great parks, schools, culture and community. It’s friendly, artsy and energetic. But what’s most important to me is that Holland is a hard working community with a great work ethic. To me, that's key.

My name is Chris Hart

Holland is a place that is poised to prosper and grow, well into the decade to come.

With my education, experience and success in hotel, restaurant and resort management, I have the fortune to be able to live just about anywhere (and did for 25 years). Now approaching my six-year anniversary working in the downtown area, I know I made the right decision. Holland is a place that is poised to prosper and grow, well into the decade to come.

My name is Glen Behan

It is comforting to know that there are people on my doorstep who are willing to work.

Coming from Dublin, Ireland, I know that Irish people believe in moral benefit and the importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character. All while being balanced with a strong social life. As the general manager of a Holland business, I have found that the workforce in Holland has a very similar work ethic. It is comforting to know that there are people on my doorstep who are willing to work hard for the business and maintain a high standard of quality.

My name is Meena Ariagno

Life is short. You have to love where you live. We do!

Nine years ago we moved to Holland from Chicago. Assessment: This is a caring community, just the right size, no traffic - everything one needs to simplify life. It's a college town, culturally alive and academically competitive. We have two children in a great school committed to preparing kids in a global world. This areas has an unbelievable work ethic, terrific spirit and strong values. Life is short. You have to love where you live. We do!

My name is Tony Castillo

I'm bullish on Holland!

Despite tough economic times, I believe Holland will lead the state in its efforts to diversify and strengthen the economy. Holland is a business-friendly community with a great work force that exemplifies a strong work ethic. Holland recognizes that diversity is an asset and this attitude will strengthen the community. There is a vibrancy in Holland, not only in the business community but also in our educational institutions. And what could be better than living on the lakeshore? I'm bullish on Holland!

My name is Larry Koops

This is an impressive region, the people here are the reason.

As the Senior VP of a large financial institution, I travel up and down Michigan’s west side. This is an impressive region, the people here are the reason. This is a place where people deliver on their word. There is a strong sense of ownership, strong legacy of public and private partnership, a broad respect for diversity, appreciation of collaboration and a great depth of leadership in community. Looking to the future, I like what I see.

My name is Jennifer Jones

Holland has great companies and great people.

I came to Hope College in 1992. I’ve been here ever since. This is a welcoming, safe, clean community that is open to all cultures and does a great job offering activities, programs and opportunities for people to connect and build friendships. Holland has great companies and great people. As someone who works in the non-profit field, we are blessed to have hard- working companies who are willing to invest in and give back to the community and the youth.

My name is Adrienne Wallace

I am excited to be a resident and employee of The City of Holland.

I love the commitment that the City of Holland has made to creating community through people, parks and play. I’m always flattered to hear from tourists, visitors and even residents how beautifully maintained and generous our green spaces are for a city our size. Dedication to the full scope of a high quality of life makes me really excited to be a resident and employee of The City of Holland.

My name is Tyler Du

People work very hard here.

People work very hard here. Sometimes they forgot that taking breaks and working less hours can help promote creativity and productivity. So, what does that tell you about our work ethic?

My name is Jim Bishop

It’s the character of the people in Holland that make it a special place.

It isn’t just the sense of social responsibility that is displayed by so many within our community to help others in need, but it is the personal accountability of so many individuals and businesses that have continued to follow through on commitments to friends, customers, and business partners despite the challenges in the economy. This intangible value of character underscores all of my reasons for living and working in Holland.

What are the business people saying?

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