Economic Development


Economic development efforts in the City are primarily coordinated by the Ionia County Economic Alliance (ICEA) of which the City is a contributing member. The ICEA contracts with The Right Place for comprehensive economic development services including business retention, expansion, and attraction support. Recently completed economic development-based studies help show the opportunities available in Ionia. Check the documents and links tabs on this page to access these studies.

For assistance with a project, you may contact the Ionia City Manager at 616-527-5776 or contact the Ionia County region of The Right Place.

Certified Redevelopment-Ready Community

As a Certified Redevelopment Ready Community (RRC), the City of Ionia has completed the steps put in place by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to become a vibrant and competitive place for development opportunities. This involved reviewing processes inhibiting development, identifying assets, and master planning with public input.Certified Redevelopment Ready Community

The City of Ionia loves welcoming new businesses to the community. Our convenient location, business-friendly environment, and charming downtown provide many reasons for your business to locate here. Ionia aims to support local entrepreneurs and investors in the community by taking a streamlined approach to development. The Downtown Development Authority Director or City Manager would be happy to meet with any businesses seeking more information about potential opportunities in the City. See the documents below for more information on the City of Ionia.