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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: Business with French ties mourns following terrorist attacks

My Town: Business with French ties mourns following terrorist attacks

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Grand Rapids business with ties to France is in mourning, following last week’s terror attacks.

Flags were flying at half-staff Friday at Hutchinson, located at 460 Fuller Ave. NW.   The company is a leading world manufacturer in rubber, thermoplastic elastomer and polymer products.  Its founder moved from the United States to France in 1853 to begin manufacturing rubber. 

Monday, France ordered 10,000 troops into its streets to protect sensitive sites after the series of terror attacks, which killed 17 civilians. Three of the suspected terrorists were killed following two separate stand-offs Friday.  However, the search is on for a fourth accomplice—the common-law wife of one of the attackers.  Authorities believe she fled to Syria.

My Town: West Michigan Community Bank names new vice president- Grand Rapids market manager

My Town: West Michigan Community Bank names new vice president- Grand Rapids market manager

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (West Michigan Community Bank)-- West Michigan Community Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeremy Deutschmann to Vice President - Grand Rapids Market Manager.

Jeremy has more than 14 years of commercial banking experience and has spent the last 10 years at West Michigan Community Bank, most recently as Vice President of Commercial Banking. Jeremy’s office is located in downtown Grand Rapids at 177 Ottawa Ave. NW.

Headquartered in Hudsonville, West Michigan Community Bank has five branches throughout West Michigan.

My Town Montague: Lake Michigan trail to get upgrade

My Town Montague: Lake Michigan trail to get upgrade

MONTAGUE, Mich.—A pathway that winds along the Lake Michigan coast is getting an upgrade.

Great Lakes Energy is awarding $4,000 to the City of Hart to reconstruct the Hart-Montague trail, which covers 225 acres, from Hart to Montague.  The grant comes from the People Fund, which is solely supported by Great Lakes Energy customers who choose to round up their bill each month to the next dollar.  Since 1999, the People Fund has led to more than $2.67 million in grants to local nonprofit groups and organizations.

“People may not think 50 cents a month can do much, but when added with the contributions of other Great Lakes Energy members, we are able to help so many,” explains President and CEO Steve Boeckman. “Giving back to the community is one of the cooperative principles and we couldn’t do it without our members’ generosity.”

My Town: Looking for a job? Head to Grand Rapids, survey says

My Town: Looking for a job?  Head to Grand Rapids, survey says

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids is where the jobs will be in 2015, according to survey results published by Forbes.

Every quarter, Manpower surveys employers in each market to determine who will be hiring and who will be firing. The biggest jump in employment is expected to happen in the Cape Coral, Florida area, where 32 percent of surveyed companies said they planned to hire new staff in the first quarter of 2015.  McAllen, Texas ranked second for jobs, with an estimated 29 percent of companies hiring; Grand Rapids tied with Deltona, Florida for third place, with approximately 26 percent of businesses planning to add positions. For the complete rankings, visit Forbes’ website.

Heinz, Lin, Sturgis Join Varnum's Grand Rapids Office

Heinz, Lin, Sturgis Join Varnum's Grand Rapids Office

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Varnum is pleased to welcome three new associates to its Grand Rapids office.

Nicholas C. Heinz, Sherry X. Lin and John W. Sturgis VII are now practicing law at Varnum.

"We are very pleased to welcome these new attorneys to the firm," said executive partner Tom Kyros. "It's a very exciting time for them as they begin their legal careers, and it's an exciting time for us as well, as we continue to grow the firm in order to best help our clients meet the challenges and opportunities in today's legal environment. Varnum has a tradition of hiring top talent, and each of these new attorneys has demonstrated initiative and ability."

In order to provide associates a well-rounded experience that allows an in-depth look at the work done in various areas of law, Varnum associates spend their first two years working with a variety of teams within the firm as they decide on an area for their legal focus. 

My Town: WAVE Award winners

My Town: WAVE Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The businesses and people who take the Grand Rapids experience above and beyond are being honored.

More than 60 people were nominated for this year’s Way Above Visitor Expectations (WAVE) awards.  A panel of judges whittled down the nominees to just eight who exceled in attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. 

Guests and employers nominated over 62 individuals in eight categories between April and October. A judging panel evaluated the nominees on a set of criteria, including the individual’s attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. Winners were selected in the categories of Restaurants/Breweries, Attraction/Events, Lodging 150+ Rooms, Lodging less than 150 Rooms, Nightlife, Retail/Service, Volunteer in Hospitality and Transportation.

The 2014 winners include: