MiReason.com lets people share what they love about West Michigan
We're proud to announce a new campaign, inviting both West Michigan residents and people outside of the area to find their reason to love West Michigan. The region offers more than just pretty vacation spots-we've got career opportunities and vibrant communities too. Our new site allows you to share a reason and browse what others are saying. Share a photo or video and let's get the conversation going about why we love West Michigan.
West Michigan's cultural diversity supports a thriving arts scene.
From an economic history rooted in design-driven furniture and manufacturing industries to a thriving contemporary arts scene, West Michigan's economy and culture is inextricably linked to the arts. West Michigan boasts the world's largest art prize, vibrant local music, numerous public art and music festivals, innovative museums, and nationally-renowned performing arts troupes. You'll find culture for every taste in West Michigan.
West Michigan Is a National Leader in Giving Back
The vitality West Michigan exhibits is a tribute to the generousity of its citizens, major philanthropists and regular citizens alike. Recognized repeatedly as one of the most generous regions per capita in the United States, West Michigan philanthropists have pioneered ground-breaking private-public partnerships, a billion dollar public school scholarship program, a multi-billion dollar medical research institute, cutting edge museums, and top-flight arts institutions. In West Michigan, philanthropy is more than a legacy; it's a way of life.
Whether you choose the vibrancy of urban living in a downtown condominium, the youthful energy of one of the region's college towns like Kalamazoo, or the quiet of a big country house with a garden, you're just a quick drive, maybe even a short walk, away from work, schools, volunteer opportunities and cultural events. With one of the lowest cost of living in the United States, diverse entertainment options, top schools, and rich economic opportunity, West Michigan is consistently recognized as one of the top places to live in the United States.
West Michigan has set environmental trends for decades.
West Michigan is wonderfully, beautifully green. But "green" doesn't refer to the color of the landscape; it's the simple term that sums up what is perhaps the region's most acclaimed accomplishments: being a global leader in the design and construction of some of the world's first, and best, environmentally-savvy built environments.
Trailing Significant Others/New in Town
Hello West Michigan serves as an advocate for talent and provides downstream support to them, and their families, as they settle into their new lives in West Michigan. As a trailing spouse/significant other or someone who is new in town, Hello West Michigan offers support
to showcase all that West Michigan has to offer as you make your decision to relocate or to stay in West Michigan.
Normally when you speak with college students about their hometowns, the last thing they say about it is that “it is magical.” Typically the plans for a soon-to-be graduate consist of
Time to Warm Up With a Cold Craft Beer
You may not know it, but West Michigan is home to some of the best breweries in the country. With summer gone, it’s a good time to relax with friends and check out some great local breweries.
Perrigo Interns Come Out On Top at Summer Olympics
Nine companies participated in the 6th annual West Michigan Intern Olympics with a total of 330 area interns. Participants gathered at GVSU’s Eberhard Center for Opening Ceremonies by Cindy Brown, director of Hello West Michigan, and to be divided into teams. Each team was comprised of 10 – 15 interns from participating companies and competed in 9 minute-to-win-it type challenges. The companies, including Steelcase, Meijer, Haworth, Perrigo, Wolverine Worldwide, Northwestern Mutual, GE, GFS, and Spectrum Health, set up challenges around downtown that represented their company.
After competition, teams returned to the GVSU campus for refreshments and the announcement of the winner. Perrigo interns walked away with trophy held high and a great win. “This event is a great example of the types of private/public partnerships Grand Valley engages in West Michigan,” said Susan Proctor, employer development manager for the Career Center at Grand Valley. “It also allows interns, especially those from out of state, to see all the career and educational opportunities this area has to offer.” The intern Olympics is a great tradition in West Michigan and it is planned to continue next year.
That's a Wrap: Great Night at the Movies with Hello West Michigan
If you didn’t attend The Internship Movie and Mixer, you missed out on a great event. We had over 180 HR recruiters, internship program directors, and current interns attend. The night started off with appetizers and drinks giving current interns a chance to network with area employers, an important component of any internship.
During our in-theater presentation we had a welcome by Cindy Brown, an overview of Steelcase’s internship program by Sandy Swanson, and speech by John DeAngeles, former intern turned full-time employee of Steelcase. John spoke to our guests about the importance of making the most of an internship and diving in headfirst for the opportunity to prove yourself.
After this we raffled off prizes provided by some of the sponsors and attendees, including MSU thermoses, gift cards for Wolverine shoes, a refillable popcorn bucket and $50 gift cards from Celebration! Cinema, a basket of Perrigo products, a sweatshirt from Davenport University, and an office chair from Steelcase.
The movie itself was full of laughs and had a great message for interns. At the conclusion of the movie, we passed out The Internship movie posters for all guests. We had an overwhelming response from guests about how much they enjoyed the evening.This event supported our goal to attract and retain talent to the area.