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No Need For New Direction
Keep your eye on the prize. That would be the message to local agencies charged with staying on task when it comes to issues of cooperation and collaboration among the businesses, institutions and governmental units of the greater
The business community looked at the formation of groups such as the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council and the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council as a possible way to erase artificial geographic barriers and as a means to encourage serious joint planning and cohesive economic development strategies. Now we find that the GVMC meetings are the stage for making sure that townships are protected from a movement in the state legislature to mandate consolidation of resources at the county level — a plan that does seem extreme at this point but one that identifies a need for serious discussion of united funding and budgeting efforts, at the very least. Metro Council voices should continue to offer alternatives to such measures, and work hard on a local level to make them happen without the seemingly inevitable state intervention.
Reviewing this spring's report issued by the West Michigan Strategic Alliance, and judging by recent patterns of prioritization evident within that group, we want to commend continuing efforts to create a "foundation for collaboration," while cautioning that some of the original focus encouraged by area businesses that supported the Alliance's establishment may be straying a bit.
Early presentations by the originators of the
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The Business Journal urges a return to the basics now in order to prepare for a focus on long-term needs in the future.