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Wastewater pipeline to spur agribiz growth plans in West Michigan
A new 20-mile pipeline more than a decade in the making will support growth plans for multiple West Michigan agribusinesses that have been hampered by limited wastewater infrastructure.
People in the news: Jan. 30, 2023
A roundup of promotions, new hires, advancements and award winners in West Michigan.
MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Report tracks growth for lakeshore companies despite challenges
Economic development organization Lakeshore Advantage Corp. last month released a report highlighting growth among companies in Allegan and Ottawa counties despite ongoing labor and supply chain headwinds.
Lakeshore companies experienced growth despite talent, supply chain challenges in 2022
Executives from 120 companies in Allegan and Ottawa counties overwhelmingly reported positive growth in 2022, despite continuing challenges they face when it comes to attracting talent and supply chain disruptions.
Ottawa Co. leaders worry about attracting, retaining talent with incoming ‘Ottawa Impact’ majority
Roger Bergman and Doug Zylstra are preparing for a new term on the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners unlike any other.
Construction firms worry labor availability may disrupt major project pipeline
Ahistoric influx of federal stimulus and infrastructure funding, combined with the state’s full-court press for large battery manufacturing plants, is on a collision course with a widespread construction labor shortage.
Ottawa Co. considers 24 projects for $31.5M in federal ARPA funding
Ottawa County officials are considering a plan to redirect $12.5 million in reserves to fund the full number of projects prioritized for federal stimulus funding.
Gun Lake Tribe kicks off planning to develop 2.75-mile stretch of U.S. 131 frontage
WAYLAND TWP. — The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, or Gun Lake Tribe, plans to transform hundreds of acres of property north of Gun Lake Casino into a massive development that could include retail, health care, housing and manufacturing, MiBiz has learned.
Economic developers inventory top 10 large West Michigan properties to help lure projects
Three economic development organizations serving a 13-county region in West Michigan have narrowed nearly 150 properties down to 10 sites that would be suitable for potentially large industrial or advanced manufacturing projects.
People in the News: Oct. 10, 2022
People in the News: A roundup of new hires, promotions and awards in West Michigan.
West Mich. wastewater pipeline lands $60M in state funding to support agribiz expansion
A wastewater pipeline expansion project that local leaders and company executives say is crucial for agribusiness expansion in Ottawa and Muskegon counties has received $60 million in state funding.
Lakeshore Advantage seeks proposals for spending federal pandemic relief on business stabilization
Economic development organization Lakeshore Advantage Corp. is seeking proposals for using a portion of federal American Rescue Plan Act funding to support local businesses.
Metal Flow plans $7.2M expansion in Holland Township
HOLLAND TWP. — Metal Flow Corp. is adding a 60,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its existing Holland Township location to accommodate growth from the deep draw stamping company’s technology investments.
Lakeshore automation firm doubles in size as labor challenges push demand
Asmall West Michigan custom automation provider is doubling in size as manufacturers struggle with worker shortages and seek to introduce less labor-intensive components to their operations.
Holland voters to decide broadband internet bond proposal
HOLLAND — City of Holland voters heading to the polls next week will determine whether to allow the city to bond for up to $30 million to build out a publicly owned, fiber broadband internet network.
Ottawa Co. plans to deploy $57M in federal relief funding for ‘long-term success’
Ottawa County looks to put $57 million in one-time federal pandemic relief funds toward what county Administrator John Shay calls “transformational” projects that can make a difference.
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.
Hudsonville Ice Cream, Coastal Container plan Holland expansions totaling $87.7M
Two newly announced business expansions in Holland are poised to generate $87.7 million in private investment and bring 138 new jobs to the area.
Walters Gardens plans $9.15M expansion at Zeeland Twp. nursery
ZEELAND TWP. — Walters Gardens Inc. is investing $9.15 million to expand its operations in Zeeland Charter Township with a new 40,000-square-foot greenhouse.
Holland startup incubator offers much-need physical space for entrepreneurs
HOLLAND — The launch of a brick-and-mortar startup incubator in downtown Holland is the latest effort to cultivate a thriving tech community in the lakeshore city.
People in the News: April 25, 2022
Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for April 25, 2022
MiBiz Growth Report: January 31, 2022
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for January 31, 2022.
State programs aim to boost talent needed for Industry 4.0 adoption
Economic development organization Lakeshore Advantage Corp. launched an Industry 4.0 readiness poll last year to get an idea of how small and mid-size manufacturers viewed and used advanced technology within their operations.
Biz groups quiet on economic implications of abortion restrictions
The longstanding U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which has protected abortion access before fetal viability for 49 years, is set to be directly challenged this year.
Economic development official seeks a shovel-ready, talent-rich lakeshore
As the president of Lakeshore Advantage Corp., the economic development organization for Allegan and Ottawa counties, Jennifer Owens is on the frontlines of newly ramped up efforts to land major projects in Michigan. Owens is part of statewide coalitions pushing for more tax incentive tools, which could help in landing new tenants at potential industrial sites on her lakeshore turf.
Lawmakers finalize $1.5B in support for large, small businesses in year-end session
State lawmakers have passed $1.48 billion in additional spending to provide incentives for major economic development projects and relief for small businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
New economic development coalition calls for change to help Michigan compete
Nearly two dozen economic development and trade organizations have formed the Winning Michigan Jobs coalition with the goal of helping the state regain a competitive edge for new jobs and investments.
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.
GROWTH CLUSTER: Food processing sector, supply chain ramps up to meet demand
With a $205 million expansion project in Holland Charter Township, frozen foods producer Request Foods Inc. is essentially doubling down on its commitment to the region where it got its start more than three decades earlier.
Wave of e-commerce growth pushes Jenison thermal packaging maker to expand
JENISON — With brisk business in two surging market segments, Cellulose Material Solutions LLC is investing in expanding its operations and beefing up production capacity.