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‘There is no communist plot’: Gotion responds to Big Rapids-area battery plant criticism
Gotion Inc.’s top North American executive said Wednesday that the Chinese company is targeting July to start construction on a planned $2.4 billion battery parts plant in the Big Rapids area.
Gotion EV battery plant near Big Rapids needs 2,350 workers. Ferris State plans to train them.
Ferris State University is working to roll out an accelerated electric vehicle battery manufacturing training program to build a pipeline of workers for a planned $2.4 billion battery plant in the Big Rapids area.
Davenport University plans new outreach to boost Latino student population, faculty
GRAND RAPIDS — Davenport University wants to increase the number of Latino students enrolled at its campuses across Michigan and in online courses through a new outreach initiative.
Large battery projects create EV workforce training opportunities for higher ed
MECOSTA COUNTY — Landing large battery manufacturing plants that promise to drive billions of dollars in investments and create thousands of jobs represents not just major economic development for Michigan but also a significant opportunity for educators.
West Mich. higher ed sees major recent leadership turnover
West Michigan colleges and universities saw significant leadership turnover during the spring, bringing in a new crop of presidents as workforce development proves crucial during a widespread talent crunch.
New Ferris State president confronts declining enrollment, post-pandemic opportunities
Ferris State University recently tapped Bill Pink as its new president after he served in the same role at Grand Rapids Community College since 2017. Pink starts the position in June after being selected over 70 other applicants. He brings to the new role a firm grasp on the state’s economic needs based in part on his active roles in multiple regional and statewide economic development organizations. Pink recently shared his vision for leading Big Rapids-based Ferris State, including overcoming recent enrollment declines and seizing partnerships after a recent $115 million capital campaign.
People in the news: April, 2022
Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for April 11, 2022
People in the news: March 28, 2022
Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for March 28, 2022
Holland, Big Rapids eyed for battery manufacturing developments
Advanced automotive battery suppliers are considering a pair of West Michigan cities for new or expanded manufacturing facilities, MiBiz has learned.
The Right Place expands economic development reach to Mason, Mecosta counties
Regional economic development organization The Right Place Inc. is expanding its services to two new West Michigan counties while working with existing partners to develop full-time business attraction efforts.
Ferris marks ‘new era of philanthropy’ after reaching $115M fundraising goal
BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University has exceeded its $115 million goal in the Now and Always comprehensive fundraising campaign seven months ahead of its official close.
Blockbuster deal comes amid short-term furniture industry upheaval, long-term optimism
Gilbert Rhode’s vision from nearly a century ago fits today’s changing furniture design landscape as Herman Miller Inc. proposes to buy competitor Knoll Inc.
MiBiz Growth Report: March 28, 2021
Here's the MiBiz Growth Report for March 28, 2021.
Ferris State moves forward with $29.5M Center for Virtual Learning
BIG RAPIDS — With recent approval to begin construction on a new facility, Ferris State University will eventually have a new home for a variety of degree programs while helping the school to develop more dynamic and effective methods of online learning.
Educational institutions strive to stock a talent-hungry cybersecurity industry
MUSKEGON — Even before colleges started offering curricula centered on cybersecurity, Susan Rhem-Westhoff was exploring that realm with her students at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center.
Davenport University appoints higher ed veteran to lead business, technology colleges
Davenport University has appointed Amy Mansfield as the new dean of the Donald W. Maine College of Business and the College of Technology.
Former UICA building in downtown Grand Rapids listed for $8.7M
GRAND RAPIDS — The former Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts building in downtown Grand Rapids is officially on the market for $8.7 million.
Ferris State lands $670K grant for rural STEM programming
BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University has landed a nearly $670,000 federal grant to expand virtual-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming for rural high school students.
GLIAC latest in slew of fall college sports cancellations
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) is the latest college sports league to scrap fall sports this year out of concerns over the transmission of COVID-19.
Higher ed transitions to online courses amid coronavirus pandemic
Colleges and universities from coast to coast are moving rapidly to close campuses and transition to virtual classrooms in lieu of face-to-face meetings as the spread of COVID-19 has transformed into a global pandemic.
New Kendall College lab pairs firms with students around emerging Industry 4.0 technology
By partnering with Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University on an innovation lab, Joe Van Harken and Jeff Joanisse want to explore the use of an emerging technology and cultivate needed talent.
Johnson Center initiative to identify, share best practices for board development
GRAND RAPIDS — The ability of many nonprofits to successfully meet their missions can be directly tied to those who sit on their boards.
Ferris State raises bar to $115 million for current capital campaign
BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University extended a fundraising campaign by three years and increased the amount it hopes to secure from donors.
Community Foundation for Muskegon County taps Fremont exec as next CEO
Trustees at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County named Todd Jacobs as the organization’s next president and CEO.
Report: Immigrants contribute $3.3 billion to Kent County economy
Immigrants now living in Kent County are making a significant impact on the local economy.
Higher education increasingly relies on administrators to drive diversity, inclusion efforts
KALAMAZOO — Diversity and inclusion on college campuses throughout Michigan and the United States remain at the forefront of efforts to ensure a welcoming environment for all students.
Pathways to careers: Initiative to improve access for people of color to health care jobs
GRAND RAPIDS — Creating a level playing field for people of color in Michigan who want to pursue careers in the health care sector will lay the foundation for their success and the state’s future economic growth.
Organizations support minority entrepreneurial initiatives in West Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS –– An array of organizations in West Michigan have launched new initiatives aimed at bridging the wealth gap in a region characterized by vast income disparities.
AMP Lab @WMU leverages partnerships to address talent shortage
GRAND RAPIDS — With the new AMP Lab @WMU that’s set to open this fall, Western Michigan University wants to leverage public- and private-sector partnerships to help local manufacturers innovate and access talent.
Ferris State plans comprehensive $80 million capital campaign
GRAND RAPIDS & BIG RAPIDS — For the first time in its history, Ferris State University plans to undertake a comprehensive capital campaign with the goal of raising $80 million.