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My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

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Feb. 23, 2015-- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today it has recently awarded 28 volunteer grants worth $14,125 to nonprofit organizations in Kent County and the surrounding area to recognize outstanding volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees and retirees. 

The foundation awards Volunteer Investment Program grants to encourage and reward volunteerism by those who work or have worked for Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and parent company CMS Energy.

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

My Town: Specialty crop grant opportunity

My Town: Specialty crop grant opportunity

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams today announced new opportunities for Michigan businesses thanks to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ag Marketing Services. The program is designed to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan’s specialty crops. Grant proposals must be received by MDARD no later than 3 p.m. on March 26, 2015 by submitting them to MDA-grants@Michigan.gov.

ChoiceOne Bank announces internal leadership positions

ChoiceOne Bank announces internal leadership positions

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SPARTA, Mich. (ChoiceOne Bank) — ChoiceOne Bank recently announced the appointments of Kyle Purdy, Carrie Olson and Angela Anderson, along with staff changes for Patricia Brown, Peggy O’Dea, Dan Wheat and Tina Hall.

“As we continue to grow and expand in the communities we serve, it is necessary for us to expand our levels of expertise and customer service,” explained James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “As the local community bank, our culture is centered on our customers. That means having experienced, caring and professional staff that serve our customers exceptionally well. I am pleased to announce these internal changes.”

Kyle Purdy is appointed to Vice President, Controller. He began his career with ChoiceOne Bank in August 2013 as Controller. Purdy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University in 2003 and an MBA from GVSU in 2008.

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

My Town: Public hearing Jan. 15 for Menards' proposed expansion

My Town: Public hearing Jan. 15 for Menards' proposed expansion

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A public hearing about  Menards' plans to expand in Alpine Township will take place this Thursday.

The retailer wants to build a 40,000 square foot warehouse and lumber yard at 4235 Alpine Ave., near its current store.  The expansion would be within the same complex as the future Tim Horton’s restaurant and drive through and Sleep Doctor mattress store.  Developers hope to begin construction on both of those businesses in spring 2015.

Community members may comment on the proposal during the planning commission’s meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

My Town: Menards looks to expand in Alpine Township

My Town: Menards looks to expand in Alpine Township

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Community members are invited to weigh in on Menards' plans to expand.

The retailer wants to build a 40,000 square foot warehouse and lumber yard at 4235 Alpine Ave., near its current store.  The expansion would be within the same complex as the future Tim Horton’s restaurant and drive through and Sleep Doctor mattress store.  Developers hope to begin construction on both of those businesses in spring 2015.

A public hearing on Menards' proposed expansion will take place Thursday, Jan. 15 during the planning commission’s meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.