Economics | Growth and Development | Regional Economics


Michigan State University’s investment and growth in Grand Rapids brings economic opportunity, scientific innovation, and business synergy to the Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Launched through the vision of Grand Action more than ten years ago and authorized through the MSU Board of Trustees, the economic impact of the presence of the initial Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is now amplified by subsequent buildings. The MSU presence along the Medical Mile in Grand Rapids expands medical education, scientific research and innovation. It supports pioneering innovators and researchers and strengthens the operations of regional partners including Van Andel Institute and Spectrum Health.

The late MSU Alumnus Ambassador Peter F. Secchia provided the financial investment that served as the lead gift for the Michigan State University expansion to Grand Rapids, now named the Secchia Center (opened in 2010). In the decade since, MSU added the Grand Rapids Research Center (GRRC). In the Fall of 2021, the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building (DMMIB) will open. Construction on a fourth building, slated to be North American Corporate Headquarters of Perrigo Company plc, begins in March 2021.

This report outlines the economic impact generated by the Secchia Center, the Grand Rapids Research Center, the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building and the liner building, four buildings that comprise the Michigan State University Grand Rapids presence on the Medical Mile.