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My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

My Town: New role for former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land

My Town: New role for former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land

GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- After a failed run for the senate, Terry Land has found a new leadership role.

The former Secretary of State recently joined the board of directors for Legacy Trust and the Legacy Trust Holding Company.  The company is an independent, locally-owned trust bank focused on wealth management.  Land will lend more than two decades of experience in leadership, management and public service to the 11-member board of business leaders and executives.

“We are very pleased to welcome Terri to our board,” said William Walker, CEO of Legacy Trust.  “She has strong roots in West Michigan and solid connections throughout the state.  A committed public servant and business leader, Terri brings tremendous expertise and insight to her new role with us.

“As we look to continue Legacy’s growth, Terri will be able to provide the direction and leadership we need to expand our successes.”

My Town: Local Hospitals named to America’s 50 Best Hospitals list

My Town: Local Hospitals named to America’s 50 Best Hospitals list

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HealthGrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, this week released its list of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ for 2015.  Holland Hospital is one of only five Michigan hospitals to earn the 50 Best Hospitals designation. [Spectrum Health's Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals also made the list.]

My Town: Elzinga & Volkers continues growth by adding three employees

My Town: Elzinga & Volkers continues growth by adding three employees

Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, today announced the addition of Deb DeYoung as estimator, Brad Frey as senior project manager and Madeline Sagorski as marketing assistant.

With three decades of experience in the construction industry, DeYoung joins E&V as an estimator. Her role will include estimating, bidding new projects and assisting project managers with obtaining costs and budgets. Previously, DeYoung worked for BayShore Contractors, LLC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Ferris State University.

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams encouraged the state's fruit growers to complete the 2014 Fruit Acreage Inventory being conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

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Students from the Automotive Services Assistant Program at Careerline Tech Center in Holland are gaining real-world work experience at Holland Rescue Mission Auto Center. In this first year of the collaboration, students have detailed ten donated cars and helped increase car sales and therefore donations to the Holland Rescue Mission.

“As a Work Readiness classroom our ultimate goal is to give students the tools they need to be successful in any job, both now and in the future,” Rich Riolo, Automotive Services Assistant Program instructor for CTC, said. “Along with car detailing, this program also teaches students employability skills and aims to place students on a job site by the end of the year to gain valuable work experience.”

My Town: State Representative Amanda Price tours Careerline Tech Center

My Town: State Representative Amanda Price tours Careerline Tech Center

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State Representative Amanda Price (R) visited Careerline Tech Center (CTC) in Holland February 9 and toured some of the 26 career pathways taught at the state-of-the-art facility that helps students prepare for their future. Representative Price is the current chair of the House Education Committee for the 98th Legislature.

“Representative Price enjoyed seeing first-hand our students’ technical skills and the quality instruction provided by our teachers,” Dave Searles, director for Careerline Tech Center, said. “With the enthusiasm of our students and staff it’s always exciting to showcase our facility.”