Med School Is Top Newsmaker
GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Business Journal bestowed its 2006 Newsmaker of the Year Award on the Michigan State University West Michigan Medical School during a Jan. 16 luncheon meeting of the Grand Rapids Economic Club in the Ambassador Ballroom of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.
The Journal's annual award recognizes people and projects based on economic impact for West Michigan.
The medical school topped the list; nine other finalists included The Kalamazoo Promise, new manufacturing initiatives, expansion of the Van Andel Institute, growth in the furniture industry, plans for a downtown JW Marriott Hotel, emergence of the information technology sector, the cost of health care, Delphi Corp.'s bankruptcy filing, and the importance of the sustainable business movement in
"Each of these is worthy of being a newsmaker of the year," said Business Journal Editor
Accepting the award were David Porteous, chair of
"I simply can't accept this without the other stakeholders being up here," Porteous said, referring to the group that has spent countless hours making a match between MSU and
The development team included Grand Action Committee,
Valade pointed out that while the med school development team is referred to as "stakeholders," there may be a better moniker for the group.
"Around here we call them partners," she said, adding that the collaborative effort to bring the facility to
"This med school will have an impact on
Porteous lauded the cooperation among everyone involved and said MSU is looking forward to a mutually beneficial program.
"This is a great day for all of the stakeholders and all of the people who have worked so hard on this," he said when accepting a commemorative framed front page of the Business Journal.
More than 450 guests attended the ceremony, which also honored representatives from the other nine finalists.