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Elijah Brumback

Elijah Brumback

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One of West Michigan’s notable cultural landmarks plans to expand and further cement its “must-see” destination appeal. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park CEO David Hooker on Feb. 15 announced plans for a $22 million Japanese garden to be completed by 2015. Hooker also took the opportunity to honor the late business leader and philanthropist Fred Meijer during the event held at the gardens.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 09:52

Amway goes glam in renovating hotel ballroom

In the competition for which hotels have the swankiest, most modern amenities, the Amway Grand Plaza has raised the stakes. On Feb. 7, the hotel held an opening reception for its newly renovated Ambassador Ballroom. The $2.4 million project, which included the Crown Foyer and west concourse, was overhauled with updated technology and “glamorized” interiors.

A new statewide coalition aims to make its case to legislators on a familiar issue: electric utility competition. Energy Choice Now formed last August to encourage the State Legislature to pass bills raising the cap on electric suppliers in the state and effectively create more competition for the regulated monopolies — and in theory, at least, reduce costs for ratepayer.

Davenport University today announced plans for a new sports complex to be built on 68th Street in Caledonia Township just south of its W.A. Lettinga Campus.

Construction on Grand Valley State University’s L. William Seidman Center at 38 Front Ave. is nearing an important milestone.

Monday, 20 February 2012 14:15

Council to promote energy manufacturing

Michigan clean energy businesses continue to build support for renewable energy development, as evidenced by the formation of a new group, the Energy Innovation Business Council, announced on Feb. 8 at an event at the Capitol building.

Many business owners support renewable energy but either cannot afford to install the systems or are not allowed to do so because of local regulations. Even with onsite renewable energy installations off the table, people still have secondary ways to support other projects by purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) or carbon offsets, two very different options.

Monday, 20 February 2012 13:19

MAREC taps into accelerator funds

Michigan wants to put its foot on the gas when it comes to helping small businesses developing advanced technologies, particularly in energy. In a statewide effort, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the Michigan Small Business Technology Development Center have partnered to facilitate the Business Accelerator Fund.

Few communities ever get the chance to transform their downtowns with an immediate influx of highly educated people, but Kalamazoo hopes to do exactly that with the creation of the Western Michigan University School of Medicine.

Managing waste is nothing new, especially for big industries such as health care and manufacturing. Sustainability initiatives, which primarily focus on monitoring the input/output metrics of businesses, have revealed a number of places where companies can improve their bottom lines — in particular, energy use and waste.

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