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$790,000 Reeds Lake Trail phase 2 makes strides to keep walkers, cyclists safe

Deborah Johnson Wood

Phase 2 of the Reeds Lake Trail will break ground as soon as weather permits, providing an off-street walking and cycling path along the east side of Reeds Lake when completed in July.

The path will connect the existing Reeds Lake Trail at Kate Avenue SE between Reeds Lake and the East Beltline and run 0.75 miles northwest along Reeds Lake Blvd. to Manhattan Road SE. Users can then connect to sidewalks to complete the loop around Reeds Lake.

"This phase involves both East Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Township and has been over five years in the works," says East Grand Rapids City Manager Brian Donovan. "It's taken so long because of fundraising and the wetlands plan."

The wetlands plan involved having to eliminate one-half acre of wetlands along portions of the trail. Donovan says the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality required creation of a full acre of wetlands to replace it. The project will create that acre of wetlands near Waterfront Park on the west side of the lake. The city has five years to make the wetlands changes.

Completion of the trail loop allows users to travel off-street for the entire four-plus miles of the loop around the lake. Just north of the trail along the East Beltline, users can connect with Grand Rapids Township trails. In East Grand Rapids, bike lane markings on Wealthy Street run from Gaslight Village to the west city limits, where Donovan says Grand Rapids officials propose to continue the lane markings to downtown Grand Rapids.

Nearly $600,000 of the trail completion's $790,000 price tag is from private donations. Donovan says the project is within $3,000 of its goal. Those interested in providing a donation can contact the city of East Grand Rapids for more information.

Source: Brian Donovan, City of East Grand Rapids

Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com. Have a development news tip for Rapid Growth? Contact us at info@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

Grand Rapids athlete invents warming product for cold weather runners, cyclists

Deborah Johnson Wood

Dan Socie is an all-around guy – a freelance graphics and web designer by trade, and an amateur endurance athlete by hobby. And now he's an inventor.

Socie has invented an embrocation for use by runners and cyclists to warm up their muscles before they run outside in cold weather.

An embrocation is a warming liniment that's applied topically. Socie's embrocation consists of shea butter, capsaicin, black pepper and menthol. He and his business partner Geoff Kuyper are marketing it under the brand and business name Soigneur (swan-yer).

"Soigneur is French for 'an assistant,'" Socie says. "In professional cycling, a soigneur is an assistant that gets water, arranges for or does massage therapy, gets the food, and is basically the athlete's personal assistant. I wanted to make a product to take the soigneur role for amateur athletes."

Socie says cyclists who bike in cold weather have used European embrocations, but he plans to market his product to runners and skiers as well. He says athletes apply the embrocation to their legs before running, biking or skiing. The shea butter keeps the product on the skin, and body heat activates the capsaicin that warms the skin. That warmth penetrates to the muscles.

"Your legs are warm and it's nicer to go out in the cold with warm legs," Socie says. "It enhances the experience. When you go for a run or ride in the cold weather, it takes 20 minutes, half an hour to warm up. This product speeds up that process and you can get to the more enjoyable part of your workout sooner."

Socie says he spent the past year working with a Scottsdale, Ariz. laboratory and manufacturer to develop the product.

The embrocation is available for advance order online at www.soigneur.net and will begin shipping at the end of February. A launch party to introduce the product is planned for February 24 at Richard App Gallery from 6 to 10 p.m.

Source: Dan Socie, Soigneur

Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com. Have a development news tip for Rapid Growth? Contact us at info@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


$98M Blodgett Hospital overhaul proceeding on schedule in East Grand Rapids

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

The $98 million overhaul and a 162,000-square-foot expansion of Blodgett Hospital at 1840 Wealthy Street SE is on schedule for a November 2010 opening.

When it's all done, 284 private patient rooms with family gathering space in each will bring a new dimension to patient care. The plan is to close existing patient beds in buildings built in 1916, the '50s and the '60s. To make up for that loss, the new five-story expansion includes 131 private patient rooms, as well as eight state-of-the-art operating rooms.

"The investment we're making here at Blodgett is a lot more than just the buildings and renovations," says Jim Wilson, president. "We are updating to state-of-the-art technologies all of the imaging modalities we have."

Those include two CT scanners installed last year, upgrades to nuclear medicine and fluoroscopy technologies, the addition of a second MRI machine, and an upgrade to digital mammography last year.

A renovation of the emergency room involves new patient care rooms, an already-reconstructed clinical core area, and renovation of the examination rooms.

All public spaces—lobbies, conference rooms, an auditorium, restrooms, kitchen/cafeteria—are also on the drawing board for upgrades.

Infrastructure revamps include ongoing improvements -- some began two years ago -- to the parking deck and replacement of all the elevators in the hospital's 11 elevator banks.

The Blodgett campus, part of the Spectrum Health system, provides 1,800 full-time-equivalent jobs just inside the East Grand Rapids city boundaries.

"We're excited to make this investment so Blodgett hospital continues to be a very viable part of the East Grand Rapids business community," Wilson says. "We take that commitment very seriously."

Source: Jim Wilson, Blodgett Hospital

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Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


RGTV – Sneak peek at East Grand Rapids High School's new $12.5M athletic facilities


The official kickoff to open East Grand Rapids High School's new $12.5 million football field and athletic facility is just weeks away. Once it opens on August 26, East will have the physical capacity and high quality facility to host championship playoff and tournaments in volleyball, swimming, wrestling and track – something they've not been able to do in the past.

The 8,000-square-foot auxiliary gymnasium's lights, floor and spectator seating are installed – just the overhead mechanicals remain. The gym features a Kalwal, a translucent wall that allows daylight into the space and retains the sun's heat.

Elevated seating in the pool area is in place, providing space for an additional 400 spectators. In the new 6,000-square-foot fitness centers everything is complete and awaiting the July delivery of ten core strength training platforms, recumbent bikes, stair steppers, treadmills, dumbbells and 15 multi-joint machines.

"I feel real excited about all of it," says Scott Robertson, athletic director. "I think it's important for people in our community to experience it, to come and watch ball games and make their own judgments. We worked real hard to give the community the most bang for their buck and I think they'll agree that we did a great job investing their money wisely."

Outside, a new field events center with locker rooms, new bleachers and a new press box are amenities that will welcome visiting teams and spectators.

Green features include four banks of energy efficient stadium lighting (instead of six banks of non-energy-efficient lights), and the new turf on the football field is padded with crushed recycled tires.

"There's an aesthetic appeal, it's nice looking in a real classy way," Robertson says. "But the biggest benefit to the whole school system is that we won't need to bump elementary school activities anymore in order to have practice places."

URS designed the facility. Owen Ames Kimball is the construction manager.

Source: Scott Robertson, East Grand Rapids High School

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Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


 


$12.5M East Grand Rapids Schools' athletic facilities upgrades underway at three locations

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

Some $12.5 million in athletic facilities upgrades are well underway at three East Grand Rapids Public Schools locations. A 15-year bond extension approved by voters in November 2007 is the funding source for the improvements.

At East Grand Rapids High School, changes include:

  • Replacing an outdated fitness center that accommodated 35 students with one that accommodates 120.
  • A football stadium with new turf, a two-story structure with a new press box, Internet capabilities, locker rooms and restrooms, and a new scoreboard, lights and sound system.
  • New track facilities including an electronic timing system, scoreboard and sound system.

Perhaps the biggest changes at the high school are a second gymnasium and a second balcony in the swimming pool area, bringing spectator seating to 900.

"We have six high school basketball teams and a wrestling team," says Scott Robertson, high school athletic director. "For years we had teams practicing at elementary schools at odd times of the night, and if we have a home wrestling match I have to find a place for six teams to practice."

The additional pool seating provides enough space to host state swim championships, something the school couldn't even petition for in the past.

At East Grand Rapids Middle School, Mehney Field now has a new sound system and artificial turf. At Canepa Tennis Center near Lakeside Elementary there is a new concession stand, and new restrooms replace the portable toilets the facility used to have.

"In planning the improvements, we were forward thinking, thinking about the multiplicity of different parts of our venue because we're so limited on space," Robertson says, "and we've been able to accomplish it pretty well."

URS Corporation designed the new facilities. Owen-Ames-Kimball is the general contractor.

The upgrades will be completed in August.

Source: Scott Robertson, East Grand Rapids Public Schools

Photograph by Joshua Tyron -All Rights Reserved

Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


$50M Spoelhof Fieldhouse at Calvin College nears completion

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

It’s an athlete’s Utopia.

After 21 months of construction, Calvin College’s $49.5 million Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex will open in time for a January 7 basketball double-header. The 350,000-square-foot complex surrounds an existing fieldhouse, creating several state-of-the-art athletic, aquatic, fitness and physical education centers.

“The original fieldhouse was completed in 1965, so this has been a major upgrade for Calvin’s sports and athletic department,” says David Wilkins of GMB Architects-Engineers, the architect and engineer of record for the project. “It’s been a challenge to get the equipment in there because it’s such a tight space and we have about 150 contractors on-site every day.”

A two-story-high climbing wall greets visitors in the new lobby.

A 15,000-square-foot fitness center overlooks campus through an 18-foot-high, 160-foot-long window wall.

The Van Noord Arena seats 5,000 spectators on two levels, with a hospitality suite on the third level. The arena features a main court, two cross-courts, and two upper-side gymnasiums for additional practice space for basketball or volleyball. The third level features a dance studio. A removable stage equips it for live performances.

The Venema Aquatic Center contains a 50-meter pool with eight competition lanes and one- and three-meter diving platforms. The pool will be open for community use and swimming instruction.

A 200-meter track and four tennis courts provide indoor field-event space at the 55,000-square-foot Huizenga Tennis and Track Center.

The existing fieldhouse, renamed the Hoogenboom Health and Recreation Center, makes up the center of the complex; its renovation provides new offices for the Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport department, classroom space, and exam rooms for student health services.

Source: David Wilkins, GMB Architects-Engineers 

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Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


Kent County’s Fuller Complex $6.5M facelift includes new animal shelter, access road

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

Thoughts of visiting an animal shelter to choose a new family pooch or kitten often brings to mind rows of animals in cages. And while getting a new pet is exciting, it's hard to leave the others behind. 

Kent County aims to make the environment and the pet selection experience more pleasant for both the people and the animals with the construction of a new 23,000-square-foot Kent County Animal Shelter. 

“The new shelter is almost three times the size of the existing one and more centrally located on the campus,” says Bob Mihos, County spokesperson. “We feel the shelter provides an important service to the county and we want to present a healthy environment for that important service.”

Three “get acquainted” rooms—a new feature—provide private spaces where families can get to know their potential pet.

Another significant change is two outside entrances: one for people who want to adopt a pet and the other for bringing in strays and dangerous animals.

Separate holding areas, one for healthy animals and one for sick animals, minimizes the spread of disease. A surgical suite provides space for veterinarians to perform surgeries, if needed.

“We’ve added a training room for those who adopt,” Mihos adds, “where the shelter will offer classes to teach new owners how to take care of their new pets.”

Customers will get to the new shelter via a new access road flanked by people-friendly sidewalks and streetlights.

The $1.8 million road meanders from a new stoplight at Malta Street and Fuller Avenue on the west to the existing entrance on Ball Street to the east, providing easy auto, pedestrian and bicycle access to all areas of the campus, including the Kent County Health Department, the Sheriff’s Department and network180. The road will be completed in October, followed a month later by the completion of the $4.8 million animal shelter.

Source: Bob Mihos, Kent County

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Deborah Johnson Wood is the development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


Filmmaking contest for young talent will educate state leaders

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

The Michigan Municipal League wants to know why young professionals and entrepreneurs in Michigan have chosen to live in particular communities. And the way the organization wants to get its answers is through five-minute videos produced by those young persons.

An exclusive audience of over 500 elected and appointed officials from communities around the state will view the top videos of the Better Communities Video Contest as part of the MML’s annual convention on Mackinac Island in October. The videos are part of a larger discussion on how these municipal leaders can create and sustain desirable places to live that will attract and retain young talent.

A statement issued from the MML notes: We are looking for videos that provide Michigan community leaders with insight on creating, sustaining and improving the desirable and unique places to live in Michigan. Communities with vibrant downtowns, arts and culture, mass transit and overall flexible and diverse environments are what you are looking for, and they attract the 21st Century employers. Make your voice heard in a video showing us what made you stay or what made you move to your Michigan community.

The videos must be uploaded in YouTube format to the YouTube web site by 5 p.m. September 15. A separate email to info@mml.org must include the final link to the video, the name and age of the person submitting the video, address of residence and contact information.

For more details on the video contest, contact the Michigan Municipal League at info@mml.org.

The first place winner receives $300, second and third places receive $100 each.

Source: Michigan Municipal League

Deborah Johnson Wood is the development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


Zeeland one of 17 cities selected for Michigan Main Street program

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

The City of Zeeland is one of 17 Michigan cities selected by MSHDA to participate in the Michigan Main Street (MMS) Associate Level program, a two-year opportunity meant to return economic vitality to the state’s downtowns by providing civic leaders with training in organization, promotion, economic restructuring and design.

“We’re thrilled,” says Abigail deRoo, Zeeland’s city marketing director. ‘I see this as providing an outlet for training for city staff that works with our downtown, and training for our downtown board members and our volunteers.”

Before deRoo joined Zeeland’s city staff last year she was Main Street Manager for the City of Clare. After moving to Zeeland, deRoo established four municipal committees based on the four components of Main Street training (organization, promotion, economic restructuring and design), and immediately applied for Main Street status.

“The program provides a strong network of Michigan downtown leaders,” deRoo says. “It gives cities the opportunities to use templates other communities have used successfully to drive their economies and urban designs, so we won’t be reinventing the wheel. And we’ll be able to use the program’s listserv to communicate and find out what other cities have done [to strengthen their downtowns].”

Each committee will train only in its specific area of expertise, attending free daylong classes in Lansing.

Three other West Michigan cities/business districts were also named to the MMS program: Grand Rapids “Uptown,” Belding and Plainwell.

Since its inception in 2003, MMS has spurred some $27 million in private investment and created an estimated 338 jobs in 13 cities.

“We’re just excited to be part of it,” deRoo says. “The state recognizes that Zeeland is committed to improving our downtown and we want to use any and every tool available to us.”

Source: Abigail deRoo, City of Zeeland

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Deborah Johnson Wood is the development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


Grand Rapids fundraiser promotes the blues to cure cancer

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

Cancer took Becky Bunting’s father at age 50 and, four years ago, the disease took her 53-year-old brother, too. That’s when Bunting decided to do something to help advance cancer research and cancer support organizations. So she founded Blue Persuasion, a Grand Rapids fundraising non-profit initially designed to raise money by selling ‘blue’ things like bottled water or blue-plate specials at area restaurants.

Now Bunting, 49, has added blues music concerts to reach a new audience for the three organizations she supports: Make A Wish Foundation of Michigan, Thirsting to Serve and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grand Rapids.

“Every event makes money for all three groups,” Bunting says. “We’re trying to enhance what these organizations are already doing. We want to reach a part of the population that may not already be making donations, and to make it fun. Blues music speaks to the heart because it’s fun and it gets people motivated.”

A concert last winter at River City Slim’s featured the local Thirsty Perch Blues Band. But Bunting’s next event, the 2008 Dance of Life Celebration, features Thirsty Perch plus two national blues bands, Eric Lindell from New Orleans and The Homemade Jamz Band, an internationally acclaimed trio of siblings aged 9, 13 and 15, from Tupelo, MS.

“I don’t know of anyone else who’s doing blues concerts to bring people together for a great cause,” Bunting adds. “We have to do more to keep cancer from affecting our lives, and our children’s and grandchildren’s lives.”

Source: Becky Bunting, Blue Persuasion 

Deborah Johnson Wood is the development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


Graydon’s Crossing brings English pub and grub to East Grand Rapids

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

Last March the restaurant space at 2237 Wealthy St. in East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village was just an empty shell. Now it’s the second location of Graydon’s Crossing, an English pub with a full line of beers, wines and liquors and an unusual menu of Celtic-style fare.

Dubbed The Derby Station, the 5,000-square-foot pub has booths and tables up front, a custom-crafted bar, and a quieter dining area in the rear. An outdoor dining patio along the front of the building adds an open-air option for diners.

“The buildout looks very English with brick interior walls, wainscoting, and lots of wood trim,” says Brian Steinberg of Fryling Construction, the company handling the interior construction. “The wood floors and wood ceiling really stand out.”

Steinberg says the construction took just 10 weeks, but because of the pub’s visibility on a corner near Gaslight Village’s fountains the activity created a lot of interest.

“The owners had put a sign and a menu in the window, and there was always people walking up and looking inside to see what we were doing,” he adds.

Pub owners Larry Zeiser and Brian Giampapa also own the original Graydon’s Crossing on Plainfield, JD Reardon’s, Cambridge House and Logan’s Alley.

Source: Brian Steinberg, Fryling Construction

Photo by Brian Kelly

Deborah Johnson Wood is the development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


Geothermal heat pumps boost water conservation by millions of gallons

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

Did you know that a 200,000-square-foot office building that uses a conventional heating system and cooling tower—the stack that emits a plume of steam on cool mornings—can use two million gallons of water per year and sends another 20,000 gallons to the sanitary sewer?

geothermal heat pump, by contrast, uses the earth’s constant temperature to heat or cool water (depending on the season) in buried closed-loop pipes, recycling the same water through the loop over and over. No water is wasted, no heat releases into the atmosphere, and the pipes can last up to 100 years.

“The type of soil makes a difference,” says Steve Hamstra of Holland-based GMB Architects-Engineers. The company has installed geothermal heat pumps for over a decade, but is doing more of them now than ever before, including installations at Caledonia High School, which has one of the largest geothermal heat pump systems in the state, Zeeland West High School, Quincy Elementary, two schools in Kentwood, and Davenport University’s Lettinga Campus Academic Building and Residence Halls.

“We do a test bore to determine the type of soil, and then put polyethylene pipes vertically about 400 feet into the ground, it makes a U-turn and comes back up,” Hamstra adds.

“We built Zeeland West High School. It's 200,000 square feet and has 120 of these holes for the heat system. It’s a $2.2 million system, comparable to a conventional HVAC system, but it will save them $80,000 to $100,000 a year and won’t waste any water.”

In addition, GMB just completed the school’s new indoor pool building and is looking at ways to heat the pool by using the geothermal heat system to capture the heat exhausted by the building’s air conditioning.

Source: Steve Hamstra, GMB Architects-Engineers

Deborah Johnson Wood is the development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


Dwindling sturgeon population focus of $119K Muskegon River study

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

Lake Sturgeon are the largest fish in the Great Lakes, with females at times reaching longer than six feet and living some 80 years. Their numbers have dwindled precariously over the last century, placing them on Michigan’s Threatened and Endangered Species List.

A new $119,000 study by Carl Ruetz of the GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute and Kregg Smith of the Michigan DNR focuses on the Muskegon River below Croton Dam to determine how many fish are left, their spawning habits and their habitats.

Before 1890, fisherman destroyed sturgeon for ripping their nets, and later overfished them for their caviar. Dams also block streams preventing access to spawning habitats. The fish, as a result of such intrusions, have struggled to sustain their population because of their slow reproduction rates: females don’t spawn until they’re in their twenties; males spawn at about 15 years.

The study tracks the numbers, sizes and genders of adults as they enter the Muskegon River to spawn, the number of larvae emerging from the gravel spawning beds and drifting downstream and, this fall, calls for implanting tracking devices in juvenile fish.

“There are lots of unknowns, like where their rearing habitat is,” Ruetz says. “It’s logical it’s a flat-water habitat that’s rich in food sources, but we don’t know where. The transmitters will help us find out what habitats they’re using and how long they stay in Muskegon Lake and in the river.”

The DNR’s Kregg Smith has studied sturgeon for a decade and brought in Ruetz this year to increase man-hours and talent. He says that in the early 1900s there were millions of pounds of sturgeon in the Great Lakes, but a count during the 2002 spawning season estimates only 50 to 60 fish are left.

Source: Carl Ruetz, Grand Valley State University Annis Water Resources Institute; Kregg Smith, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Deborah Johnson Wood is the development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


Trio of prominent Grand Rapids developers launch investment enterprise

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

If you’ve looked around Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids this week, you’ve probably noticed new signs advertising properties offered by CWD Real Estate Investment in several commercial buildings.

That’s because three well-known Grand Rapids developers have formed a new enterprise geared toward providing high net worth investors with a portfolio that includes a variety of real estate investment opportunities.

Sam Cummings of Second Story Properties, Scott Wierda of Jade Pig Ventures, and Dan DeVos of DP Fox Ventures LLC created CWD Real Estate Investment, a firm with 14 employees who will work out of a 4,000-square-foot space at 15 Ionia SW, the expanded former office space of Second Story Properties.

“With over 70 years of experience between us, we tend to look at investment in real estate as part of a well balanced investment portfolio,” says Sam Cummings. “Over the course of our careers there are a number of individuals who have approached us wanting to be investors in real estate, and they want to have those investments well managed by people they know and trust.”

The new company will offer clients four investment options: real estate investment, brokerage, property management and development.

“We’ve gained experience in different product types in real estate: I’ve done urban redevelopment, Scott’s done retail, and Dan’s experienced in almost everything and has an extraordinary strategic thinking capacity,” Cummings adds. “We get that diversification of product aptitude that allows us to diversify in product type and in geography. We’re looking at Midwest investments, perhaps beyond that.”

The names of Second Story Properties and Jade Pig will go away, replaced by CWD, although the former Jade Pig—the partnership between Wierda and Brian DeVries—will continue to operate as a separate company. DeVos will guide CWD’s strategic direction while continuing with DP Fox, which owns several auto dealerships and real estate endeavors.

Source: Sam Cummings, CWD Real Estate Investment; Kate Washburn, Wondergem Consulting

Photograph by Brian Kelly for CWD Real Estate Investment

Deborah Johnson Wood is the development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


GVMC conference explores elements of a 21st century development strategy

How to build successful urban developments, establish entrepreneur-centric cities, and expand public transit and improve commuter mobility are just some of the topics slated for discussion at the annual Growing Communities Conference sponsored by the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council.

Douglas S. Kelbaugh, FAIA, Dean of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan and a founder of the New Urbanist movement will deliver the keynote address.

Milt Rohwer, president of the Frey Foundation, will lead a photographic tour of Grand Rapid’s progress in building a stronger community, and Dan Gilmartin, executive director of the Michigan Municipal League, will share his perspective on the direction Michigan is headed building and enhancing our cities.

The GVMC also will present its annual Blueprint Award to a recipient who has helped West Michigan achieve the goals of the GVMC.

The conference will be at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College on June 12.

Source: Grand Valley Metropolitan Council 

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