Park, Harbor Shores provided the Department of Natural
Resources and the National Park Service an outdated, grossly
inflated and unofficial Economic Impact Study.
candidates at the Indiana University Kelly Business School Sports
and Entertainment Academy, the alma mater of Mark Hesemann
of Evergreen Development, the Harbor Shores land acquisition
and golf course development entity. The Fisher and Douglas
methodology was substantially different from the Upjohn
Employment Institute methodology, and wide disparities between
the two are explained on page 19 of the linked report.
We have been aware of the new study that was conducted by the
Upjohn Institute for Employment Research for quite some time.
This new study was submitted to Cornerstone Alliance sometime
near the beginning of 2008. Cornerstone was to have reviewed the
report to determine if the parameters and assumptions were
correct then return it to the Upjohn Institute who in turn would
make the report public.
After several failed attempts at retrieving the study from
Cornerstone Alliance, the Upjohn Institute made the decision to
post the new study on their website for public review. From
reading this new study it is clear to us why Harbor Shores did not
want this report to be made public.
The study begins with the following Disclaimer:
"This Upjohn Institute report provides an estimate only of
the potential economic impact of the proposed Harbor
Shores development in Berrien County, Michigan. It must
not be construed as a market feasibility study for the
proposed development. It is based solely on growth
projections provided by the Harbor Shores developers, and it
does not offer an assessment of the soundness of these
projections. In addition, the Upjohn Institute in providing
the report is not thereby giving its support for the leasing of
22 acres of the Jean Klock Park for the development’s golf
course. An assessment of the social and environmental
consequences of this action is well beyond the scope of this
The study ends with an addendum that in part states:
"Finally, and most importantly, the Fisher and Douglas
report chose to use the concept of “job years” to report the
employment impacts associated with the Harbor Shores
project. This concept is not a reporting technique generally
used by professional economists."