Ottawa County, MI
|Named for||Ottawa Nation|
|• Total||1,631 sq mi (4,220 km2)|
|• Land||563 sq mi (1,460 km2)|
|• Water||1,068 sq mi (2,770 km2) 65%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||509/sq mi (197/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Ottawa County is a county in the state of Michigan in the United States. The population was 263,801 according to the 2010 United States Census. Grand Haven is the county seat. The Ottawa Nation is honored in the county’s name. It began in 1831 and was formally organized in 1837.
The Grand Rapids-Kentwood, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Ottawa County.
Ottawa County administers public health regulations, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, records deeds, mortgages, and vital records, and collaborates with the state to provide social services. The county board of commissioners is in charge of the budget and has limited legislative authority. Most local government functions in Michigan are handled by individual cities and townships, including police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, and street maintenance.
Policies at the Local Level
County Administrator Alan Vanderberg and the Board of Commissioners began implementing the “Four Cs” Initiative in 2012, which included “Cultural Intelligence.” Vanderberg claimed at the time that “Discrimination is not only alive and well, but it will have a negative impact on Ottawa County’s and West Michigan’s future prosperity if it is not addressed. I’ve heard CEOs of some of West Michigan’s most successful companies say that access to global talent is a critical factor in their company’s success.
Some of these same executives admitted that in the future, an inability to form diverse teams could lead to the relocation of corporate headquarters or company divisions to larger, more diverse areas… In some cases, talent can be found locally, but there is currently and will continue to be a competition to attract global talent. West Michigan’s future prosperity is dependent on pursuing and welcoming diversity.” In 2017, the county rebranded in order to establish a high-quality visual identity that better matched Ottawa County’s high-quality organization.
The slogan “Where you Belong” was also adopted by the County. The slogan, according to Vanderberg, is meant to let everyone know that they are welcome in Ottawa County, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or any other qualifier.
Areas Serviced In Ottawa County Michigan
Coopersville, Ferrysburg, Grand Haven, Holland, Hudsonville, Zeeland, Spring Lake, Allendale, Beechwood, Jenison, Agnew, Bauer, Beaverdam, Big Spring, Blendon, Borculo, Conger, Conklin, Crisp, Crockery Lake, Dennison, Drenthe, Eastmanville, East Allendale, Finnasey, Forest Grove, Gooding, Grand Valley, Harlem Station, Harrisburg, Herrington, Jamestown, Lamont, Lisbon, Macatawa, Marne, North Blendon, Nunica, Ottawa Center, Pearline, Port Sheldon, Reno, Robinson, Spoonville, Tallmadge, Vriesland, West Olive, Wright
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