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Local First names LocalMotion winners

January 28, 2015
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Local First names LocalMotion winners
Butch’s Dry Dock in downtown Holland describes itself as a place “where people can celebrate the marriage between food and wine.” Courtesy Local First/M+K Photography

Local First has named the winners of its LocalMotion Awards.

Local First in Grand Rapids said that last night it named the winners of its fifth-annual LocalMotion Awards in Grand Rapids at the Goei Center.

The awards recognize and celebrate local people and organizations making a difference in the community’s sustainability, vibrancy and resiliency.

The awards by the nonprofit Local First were given in several categories: Guy Bazzani Local Legacy; Change Agent; Local Hero; Mover & Shaker; Triple Bottom Line, Longstanding Business; and Triple Bottom Line, Up & Coming Business.

Guy Bazzani Local Legacy Award

Bing Goei, Eastern Floral and Goei Center (named earlier this month)

The lifetime-achievement award honors an individual or organization that has demonstrated unceasing commitment to the Local First mission.

Change Agent Award

The Rapid for its Silver Line

The award honors an organization that's growing and has made a notable contribution to revitalizing a neighborhood or corridor.

“The Silver Line is just the latest addition to The Rapid's network of nearly 30 routes running throughout the heart of the community,” Local First said. “This transportation asset provides an affordable option for all Grand Rapidians to reach their place of employment or their favorite local treasures. An active supporter of the local community, The Rapid’s mission is to create and continuously improve a flexible network of regional public transportation options and mobility solutions.”

Local Hero Award

Tami VandenBerg, The Pyramid Scheme and The Meanwhile

The award honors a person or family who has made an impact in purchasing local products and in sustainable living.

“Pyramid Scheme, a downtown hub for local music, art and entertainment of all kinds, and The Meanwhile, a neighborhood bar that convenes students, film buffs, poets and East Hills residents, have both received some impressive refurbishments this year — most notably, the addition of solar panels on their respective roofs,” Local First said. “In addition, Tami is the executive director of Well House . . .  (which) provides safe and low-cost housing to the homeless. These ventures are a true reflection of Tami’s core values and the ways she and her family lead their daily lives.”

Mover & Shaker Award

Butch's Dry Dock, Holland

The award honors a business that supports local supply chains.

“The original iteration of Butch’s was a carry out wine and beer shop, which evolved into a deli and eventually became one of the finest restaurants in Michigan,” Local First said. “They have repeatedly received awards on their extensive and carefully curated international wine and beer selection, and they continue to raise the bar as they grow. As the local food movement has begun along the lakeshore, Butch’s has led the way in shifting their hiring practices, food sources and beverage selections in order to localize the restaurant’s offerings.”

The Triple Bottom Line, Longstanding Business Award

Lemonjello's Coffee, Holland

The award honors a business strongly committed to improving the local economy, environment and society.

“(Owner Matt Scott’s) passion for protecting the environment led the shop to become waste free and to develop a model that other businesses seek to emulate,” Local First said. “Lemonjello’s prides themselves on homemade baked goods, locally roasted coffee, from our very own Madcap, and genuinely friendly, knowledgeable service.”

The Triple Bottom Line, Up & Coming Business Award

Rapid Green Group, Grandville

The award honors a two-to-five-year-old business that is also strongly committed to improving the local economy, environment and society.

“Rapid Green Group has made it possible for businesses in West Michigan to be a leader in sustainable business practices,” Local First said. “After seeing gaps in the availability of waste removal, Rapid Green Group now offers shredded paper recycling, clean refuse disposal, multi-stream commercial recycling and, for the first time in West Michigan, medical waste removal, making Rapid Green Group the most versatile waste management resource in Michigan.” 

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