How well do you know West Michigan?
Put your regional knowledge to the test. Click
here to submit your answer to the question below.
Cut from the
east to west by the Thornapple River, which drains perhaps more than
one-half the county, the southern portion belongs to the valley of
the Kalamazoo. I have an undulating surface of hills and dales
and I am dotted by more than a hundred small lakes of varying
sizes. No other portion of Michigan of like size is more
diversified in soil. I reach an elevation of more than 250 feet
above Lake Michigan.
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Few Days Left to Register for the 2010 State of the Region
Today's Students, Tomorrow's Leaders
- One Intern's Story
caught-up with Justin Ewald, an intern with the West Michigan Sports
Commission, who shared with us his internship experience. “This
internship has been pretty cool; I have my own office and computer to
use and my boss never hovers over me, but instead provides me with
direction and insight on the projects I am working on.” When
asked what opportunities this internship has brought, Justin replied:
“It has made me more aware of my capabilities (my strengths) and has
placed me in a career field that I feel I would succeed in and
enjoy. Also, it has provided me with a diverse network of professionals
that I can use as I advance in my career.” Justin tells us that
it was rewarding to see the news releases he worked on end-up in
print. Further, he tells us that the West Michigan Sports
Commission is a great company with an outstanding mission where he
enjoys walking into work each day.
Click here to learn more about the West Michigan Sports
Commission. Need a great intern and would like more
information about the West Michigan Internship Initiative, please
visit us at: www.wm-alliance.org.
Regional Spotlight - Saugatuck, MI
Travel Magazine has selected Saugatuck, MI as one of its top 21
contenders for their "Coolest Small Town in America" Award.
The magazine is allowing the public to choose the winner by voting
for their favorite little town on line. They are currently ranked #3
out of the 21 finalists and are being aggressively challenged by
other cities. Let’s help our neighbor to the West by voting and
showing our regional support. Please use the link below
to vote. More information can be found at: www.saugatuck.com.
The 'Green Space'
What do you do with all the great tools available in
West Michigan related to Green Infrastructure? You put them in a tool
shed and share with others? The Green Infrastructure Leadership
Council (GILC) in partnership with the Land Information Access
Association (LIAA) and the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP),
have created a website called the Green Infrastructure Tool Shed
(coming May 2010) where visitors to the site can locate tools
available for land use planning and protection, watershed management,
farmland preservation, mapping of natural assets and other
environmental protection techniques
Want to be a part of the Beta Testing for the new site?
If so, please visit the Green Infrastructure exhibit table at the
upcoming 2010 State of the Region event.
West Michigan Strategic Alliance
Michigan Strategic Alliance serves as a catalyst for regional
collaboration among the businesses, institutions and governmental
units serving more than 1.4 million people living in an eight-county
region including: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon,
Newaygo and Ottawa. WMSA works to encourage a regional mindset, which
will foster collaboration on critical issues that impact how we live,
learn, work and play. Additional information is available at www.wm-alliance.org