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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: 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.

Energy Efficiency Rebate Presented to City of Grand Rapids

Energy Efficiency Rebate Presented to City of Grand Rapids

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The City of Grand Rapids is saving energy and money for its residents with improvements to its water pumping facility, resulting in a more than $147,100 energy efficiency incentive payment from Consumers Energy.

Mayor George Heartwell and city administrators recently received a $147,172.08 rebate check from Consumers Energy representatives during a presentation at Grand Rapids City Hall.

“The city and its residents have greatly benefitted from these energy efficiency programs,” Heartwell said. “With this most recent project, the city has received more than $430,000 in energy efficiency rebates from Consumers Energy since 2009,” Heartwell said. “The city’s focus on sustainability and energy efficiency has resulted in programs completed or underway saving nearly 6 million kilowatt hours of electricity. These important programs are saving energy and money for the citizens of Grand Rapids.”

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

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The Grand Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce its Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2014. Officer Joshua Mollan and Cynthia Vanderberg were selected from nominations submitted to the Department’s Board of Awards by Service Area, Division, and Unit Commanders.

POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Officer Joshua Mollan

Downtown GR Inc. Appoints 60+ Citizens to Leadership Network, Announces New Chief Outcomes Officer

Downtown GR Inc. Appoints 60+ Citizens to Leadership Network, Announces New Chief Outcomes Officer

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The Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) Board of Advisors yesterday appointed 64 citizens to serve on its three Alliances, which effectively function as community-driven steering committees helping to guide the organization’s overall body of work.

DGRI also announced that Andy Guy will serve as the organization’s Chief Outcomes Officer. The new role will direct the implementation of strategic policy, communications, and project initiatives on behalf of DGRI and the downtown neighborhoods.

“We’re working to position Grand Rapids at the vanguard of America’s city building movement,” said DGRI Board of Advisors Chair Ray Kisor. “The Alliances and new staff leadership help ensure we’re bringing the creative ideas, expertise and experience, strategic ability, and collaborative spirit required to pursue that mission.”

My Town: Aquinas College ranks near the top of all institutes seating students for CPA exam

My Town: Aquinas College ranks near the top of all institutes seating students for CPA exam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) recently released its annual candidate performance book, which features comprehensive statistical data from all four testing windows of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination. Aquinas College is ranked in the top 3 percent of all accounting programs in the country based on the 2014 CPA Exam pass rate.

Aquinas was ranked 5th out of 257 institutions with small programs and 20th out of 776 institutions in the nation. Aquinas was also one of only two schools in the state ranked in the top 20 schools, the other being the University of Michigan.  

“We are very excited and very proud of our graduates,” said Accounting Department Chair Cindy VanGelderen. “We have worked hard to make the accounting program at Aquinas strong and rigorous for our students; it is great to see that we have made significant strides toward that goal.”