Muskegon Agency Hires President

April 22, 2004
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MUSKEGON — Muskegon Area First has hired James Edmonson as its new president and CEO.

Edmonson replaces Todd Battle, who left as head of the economic development agency for a similar post in Wisconsin.

Edmonson comes to Muskegon Area First with more than 25 years of experience in economic development, planning, public relations, administration and finance. He worked with the city of Muskegon’s Community and Economic Development Department from 1993-97, and also has worked in such places as Watertown, N.Y., and Thibodaux, La. Most recently, Edmonson was managing the day-to-day operations of WoodWorks of America, a family-owned custom cabinet and furniture manufacturer in Muskegon.

“We are pleased to announce that Mr. Edmonson will be heading up Muskegon Area First,” said Roland Crummel, board chairman. “His many years of experience will prove extremely useful in working on our local projects and with area businesses.”

Muskegon Area First also recently announced its officers for 2004. In addition to Laketon Township’s Crummel, they are John VanWyck, of Verizon Communications, vice chair; Montague Mayor Henry Roesler, secretary; and Roosevelt Park Mayor Bob Young, treasurer.    

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