West Michigan News
October 22, 2009
George Bosnjak says that between the beginning of 2008 and mid 2009, Alabama laid out $614 million in incentives and grants to companies looking to do business there. In comparison, Michigan is legally bound to limit incentives to just $95 million per 12-month period.
Category: Community, Innovation, WestMichigan
October 15, 2009
Soccer at Hope College got a boost this fall with the completion of Van Andel Soccer Stadium in September. The facility was finished three weeks ahead of schedule and the men's soccer team won the stadium's inaugural game on September 29.
Category: Design, Education, Holland, Innovation, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan
October 01, 2009
Fennville's Salt of the Earth
is more than a restaurant -- it’s also a coffee shop, bakery and bar, all in one downtown location.
“This project is all about community,” says co-owner and Fennville resident Mark Schrock. “We provide a place for people to gather, eat good food, listen to good music and see their neighbors.”
Category: Community, Food, WestMichigan
September 10, 2009
Who would have thought that being a do-gooder could be cool?
But that's just what is happening in the Grand Rapids metro area, thanks to an fortunate combination of old line philanthropic families and the youthful energy of young professionals who are drawn here to work for nonprofit agencies.
Category: Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan
August 06, 2009
Armed with a new name and a new book, Sarah Kallio and Stacey Krastins think they have hit on a successful recipe for business with their unique meal creation system.
Kallio and Krastins, two Grand Haven
moms with engineering degrees and a love of home entertaining, are scheduled to release their second book this week, The Stocked Kitchen
. Formerly called The Stocked Host, The Stocked Kitchen
details a system that speeds up grocery shopping and meal preparation. The book releases this week online and at four West Michigan retailers
Category: Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Food, Innovation, WestMichigan
July 23, 2009
A longtime vision of husband and wife optometrists Scott Hieneman and Stacy Davis came true this year when they opened an optometry office in Ada, enabling them to work together in the same practice.
Category: Community, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Healthcare, Innovation, WestMichigan
July 23, 2009
Leaders of Lansing's PM Environmental, Inc.
, (PME) say that Grand Rapids' recognized leadership in green building makes it the perfect location for the firm's new Sustainability and Energy Division.
PME hired Nate Gillette, an architect formerly with Bazzani Associates Inc.
in Grand Rapids, to head up the division, and Bryant LePres, a graduate of Aquinas College's sustainable business degree program
. The division will operate from PME's satellite office at 77 Monroe Center.
Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan
January 15, 2009
A Portage organic grower is the first to heat its greenhouses using a new hybrid solar/geothermal system invented by Holland-based GMB Architects-Engineers. Last summer, GMB installed the solar/geothermal system at Elzinga and Hoeksema Greenhouses. The system incorporates 200 eight-foot by four-foot ground-mounted solar collectors.
Category: AlternativeEnergy, Design, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan
January 15, 2009
In 2006, Sally Zarafonetis heard a conference speaker say that women arranged 80 percent of all travel plans and that they used the Internet as their primary source for information. Zarafonetis, owner of Grand Rapids-based Sally Zara Public Relations
and an avid traveler, never forgot that statistic.
Category: Community, Culture, Entertainment, Food, Innovation, Lakeshore, Technology, WestMichigan
January 08, 2009
Karisa (pronounced Ka-ree-sa) Wilson’s improvisational, soulful sound has established her as a key player in Grand Rapids’ thriving music scene. In addition to releasing her well-received 2007 debut album, Little Girl, the singer-songwriter has contributed to nearly 20 local albums in the past two years. She also writes a monthly hip-hop culture column for Recoil magazine, shining light on local artists in need of promotion. Preferring camaraderie to competition, she says she’s often inspired by her peers.
“I’ve been heavily influenced by local musicians," Wilson says. "I don’t sit around listening to CDs all the time, but I’ve been to all kinds of shows. I think in my songwriting and playing have been more influenced by people locally than on the radio. There’s a reason to keep our scene [alive], if not to influence the next generation, then other artists.”
Category: Arts&Culture, Community, Entertainment, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan