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Change Ups: Owens completes AEDL program

October 19, 2018
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From left: Bill Smith, The University of Southern Mississippi; Nan Johnston, Clemson University; Jennifer Owens, Lakeshore Advantage, Mike Lanier, Hoar Program Management; and Neal Wade, The University of Alabama.

Jennifer Owens, president of the Zeeland-based nonprofit economic development organization Lakeshore Advantage, recently completed the Advanced Economic Development Leadership program. AEDL is a two-week executive education course developed by four partner universities: The University of Alabama, Clemson University, Texas Christian University and the University of Southern Mississippi. The advanced program is an experiential course that explores economic development subjects that impact communities and states across the U.S. Instructors include site consultants, business leaders, nationally known subject experts and university professors.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Paradigm Design hired Shem Trapp and Ryan Szarowicz as architects and Ashlee Russell as an administrative assistant.

ARTS

Kent District Library recently unveiled its new bookmobile, designed and created thanks to a $208,000 grant from the Steelcase Foundation. The mobile library will enable KDL to bring its services and programming to Kent County residents living in underserved areas. It is equipped with a collection of materials provided by a generous grant from the Frey Foundation. It also includes Wi-Fi, a video screen, a computer, printer and modular shelves. The vehicle is handicap accessible and offers security features. The J&H Family Stores will provide a full year of gas.

The 2019 Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival, which takes place March 2 at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum and Anna Whitten Hall, invites stringed instrument players to enter a contest for a chance to perform. The deadline to enter the Play-In Contest is Nov. 1. Details: kalamazoomuseum.org, fretboardfestival@kvcc.edu or (269) 373-7990.

St. Cecilia Music Center launched a jazz series during its 135th-year anniversary season with 10-time Grammy Award-winner jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

AWARDS

Kalamazoo-based CSM Group of Companies announced Kristin Kremer, vice president of human resources, received the 2018 Walt East: Excellence in Customer Service Award, one of CSM Group of Companies’ most prestigious awards and is one that was created from the spirit of a CSM Group teammate.

BANKING

Independent Bank was one of 30 banks and thrifts that comprised the Sandler O’Neill Sm-All Stars Class of 2018. The list identified top performing small-cap banks and thrifts throughout the United States based on a variety of categories.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Local First announced the addition of Alice Jasper as its sustainable business program manager.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

New Holland Brewing Co. in Holland launched a new brand campaign: Share A Legend, a celebration of storytelling shared among friends over the “legend” of Dragon's Milk that began when it was first bottled 17 years ago. Share A Legend is an open-ended storytelling project that invites fans to share their personal tales of the goodness of humankind or someone who has inspired them. Throughout the campaign, New Holland Brewing will release the legends of six real people who fall into the archetypes, starting with Warrior and followed by Huntress, Smith, Poet, Alchemist and Performer.

GOVERNMENT

The city of Grand Rapids received gold certification from the Michigan Green Communities Network’s — its highest honor — for taking on a wide range of environmental sustainability projects in the Michigan Green Communities Challenge. The projects include everything from renewable energy to an urban tree canopy.

GRANTS

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs to create new online training modules and platform with the help of a contracted instructional designer to better serve low-income rural clients on the lakeshore and in Battle Creek who don’t have access to in-person services.

HEALTH

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is the recipient of a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. DeVos Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric critical care unit in Michigan with this recognition and is one of only 12 units in the nation with gold-level recognition.

Hilger Hammond recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Over the last 10 years, the firm has expanded its legal services to include business and real estate matters, and arbitration and mediation services.

Co-founder John Jepsen of Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy this past January began transitioning his ownership stake in the company to a group of six physical therapists within the company. He plans to complete the transition of his ownership in January 2019, selling to two additional physical therapists. Hulst will remain at the helm as CEO and majority shareholder of the company.

Mercy Health named David Baumgartner, chief medical officer for Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, as interim president of Mercy Health Saint Mary's.

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health in Wyoming announced the additions of Jamie Allen as public relations and communications manager and Chelsea Dubey as strategic relations manager.

HUMAN SERVICES

LouAnn Shawver joined Clark Retirement Community as director of development.

LEISURE & RECREATION

Ottawa County launched a GoFundMe campaign for phase II construction of the Spoonville Trail in Crockery Township. For more information, go to bit.ly/spoonvillefund.

MANUFACTURING

Anderson Technologies of Grand Haven added three new injection-molding machines to its fleet of machinery, expanding the company’s capabilities and capacity in an evolving industry. The new equipment includes an Engel victory 180, an Engel duo 500, and an Engel duo 720.

NONPROFITS

Foster Swift attorney Brett R. Schlender was elected president of the Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity board of directors.

REAL ESTATE

Signature Associates, with offices in Southfield, Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland, Kalamazoo and Toledo, Ohio, is the newest member firm of Southfield-based TCN Worldwide Real Estate Services.

RESTAURANTS

The McDonald’s restaurant at 6095 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Township underwent renovations and upgrades both inside and outside, including new self-order kiosks, table service, updated ways to pay and a redesigned seating area.

RETAIL

Art Van Furniture debuted a new merchandising system that showcases six primary lifestyle collections (casual, urban, farmhouse, modern, traditional and midcentury) identified by easy-to-spot, color-coded tags. The new color-coded tagging system also indicates which lifestyle collections pair best together. 

TECHNOLOGY

Blue Medora’s BindPlane was named one of Enterprise Management Associate’s Top Three in its newly released Enterprise Decision Guide. BindPlane allows unified monitoring across the growing number of multicloud environments.

Kalamazoo Valley’s Groves Center recently offered a hands-on Basic Robotics training course that taught participants how to safely operate a 6-axis FANUC robot and manually operate it in various modes.

TRAVEL & TOURISM

Eric and Connie Sattler opened Michigan’s first retail travel agency Expedia CruiseShipCenters at 5925 28th St. SE.

WEBSITES

The Grand Rapids Griffins re-launched griffinshockey.com, allowing for enhanced and easy navigation throughout the site. It was designed and developed by Eden Creative.

Spartan Net Co. will be deploying service to a new condo development in downtown Grand Rapids called Belknap Bluffs. The 35-unit residential development will feature Spartan Net's one-gigabit fiber internet and DIRECTV service. 

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