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The results are in... 2010 State of the Region
On Tuesday, April 27, 2010, hundreds of stakeholders
from throughout the region gathered to celebrate the West Michigan
Strategic Alliance’s 10th year as a catalyst for regional
collaboration. During the event, we polled the audience and learned
Attainment was selected as the top Economic Prosperity indicator,
• Commute Time was selected as the top Environmental Integrity
• Housing Costs Burden & Teens not in School was selected as
the top Social Justice indicators.
We are proud to report that 99.9% of polling
participants agreed that the work of the WMSA is relevant to the
challenges faced by West Michigan, while 82% of those polled found
the content of the meeting informative and interesting. Your
valuable input will help us plan for next year’s State of the Region
event. Watch for future details.
For a copy of all the
polling results from the State of the Region event, please click here. Visit
us at www.wm-alliance.org
for a complete overview of the day’s
WMSA hosts Internship Trainings for West
your calendars and plan to join other area employers on Tuesday, June
15, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. at Macatawa Bank (Holland, MI) for
the next round of employer training sessions offered by the West
Michigan Internship Initiative.
To sign-up for future Employer Internship Training
sessions or to learn more about the West Michigan Internship
Initiative, please contact Cindy Brown at 616.871.2452 or email@example.com.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation named the
Saugatuck Dunes in Saugatuck, Mich. to its 2010 list of America’s 11
Most Endangered Historic Places. This
annual list highlights important examples of the nation’s
architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk for
destruction or irreparable damage. It is an area of striking
beauty. Along the shores of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the
Kalamazoo River, the 2,500 acres that comprise the Saugatuck Dunes
Coastal Area boast a sparsely-developed landscape of spectacular
beach, rare freshwater dunes, water, woods and wetlands; habitat to
several endangered species and home to a large number of
significant historic and archeological sites.
Regional Spotlight – Festival of the Arts
– June 4-6, 2010
calendars for the upcoming 41st Annual Festival of the Arts (June
4-6, 2010), taking place in downtown Grand Rapids. The Festival
of the Arts is a community celebration centered around the arts,
entertainment, food and fun activities. All performances and
exhibits are free and throughout the festival grounds you will find
dozens of food booths operated by local nonprofit
organizations. To learn more about the Festival of the Arts,
please visit their website at: www.festivalgr.org.
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