Assessment of Expected Cost Savings and the Economic Development Impact of the City of Grand Rapids and Kent County Consolidation (Phase 1)

Project Dates

11/16/2011 - 11/30/2012


This study evaluated the feasible cost savings and economic development impact of city-county consolidation. The authors identified the common salient characteristics of successful intergovernmental cooperation and consolidation of governmental services in Kent County, Michigan. In a possible second phase of the project, the authors will examine the historical impact of successful governmental consolidation initiatives on the economic performance of other metropolitan areas and contrast these findings to the current situation in Kent County.


Kent County, MI

Subject Area

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Regional policy and planning