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Joan Budden moves into the president and CEO position at Priority Health in mid- January, when she will lead one of the largest health plans in Michigan.

John Hendrickson sees creating continuity and cohesion around the world as both the biggest challenge and opportunity next year for Perrigo, which produces over-the-counter store-brand medications as well as generic drugs.

In many ways, Amway’s independent business owner model foreshadowed the development of the many companies today that allow people to work on their own schedule and pace, according to President Doug DeVos and CEO Steve Van Andel.

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In one of the larger auto supplier deals in the region in 2015, Muskegon-based Port City Group merged with Pace Industries of Fayetteville, Ark.

Coming off a “solid” 2015, LEAP President and CEO Bob Trezise expects 2016 to shape up well for emerging industries in the capital region, which still maintains strong ties to the auto industry.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s President Bill Manns shares the view of many economists that the economy will hold up in 2016. But Manns concedes that he’s watching the presidential election closely because depending on who wins, the results could have major implications for the Affordable Care Act that’s reshaping health care in the nation.

Lampen-Crowell says investments in the state’s education infrastructure are critical for that continued regional growth

While her university’s football team eyes a potential national championship run, Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon remains focused on maintaining the school as one of the state’s best assets.

The vice chair of eMerge West Michigan, an entrepreneurial services group, says the current economic cycle could be on the downslope, but it’s important to focus on what businesses can control.

Heading into 2016, Walker says his company remains focused on staying ahead of workplace trends in terms of ergonomics and, more broadly, how space gets used.

While talent development and some legislative reforms may prove to be challenges, West Michigan chambers of commerce executives feel confident looking ahead to 2015 as they project increased business investment in their individual communities.

As companies across the country and in West Michigan pay close attention to talent issues, they’ve largely looked to community colleges as the go-to source for skilled workers. However, attracting students to technical training programs and sourcing funding for those programs continue to be issues for those schools. During his tenure, Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender has worked to grow the college’s programs and curriculum to meet the needs of employers in West Michigan. He spoke with MiBiz about the role community colleges will play in training workers in the coming year.

In looking ahead to 2015, President Tom Haas points to Grand Valley State University’s annual $730 million economic impact on West Michigan and notes that 90 percent of its graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school. Of those, 86 percent are working in West Michigan, which further illustrates GVSU’s role in the West Michigan economy.

As West Michigan’s economy continues to improve and evolve, that’s led to a host of infrastructure investments at colleges and universities across the region.

Economic development agencies are going to have their hands full going into the new year.

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