Month: December 2020

Kids’ Food Basket CEO Bridget Clark Whitney appointed to Michigan Community Service Commission

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Bridget Clark Whitney, President and Founding CEO of Kids’ Food Basket, was recently appointed to the Michigan Community Service Commission by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The commission strives to create a culture of service by providing vision and resources to strengthen communities through volunteerism. It is made up of 25 members, each …

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Uncertainty remains, but job gains are expected in Western Michigan economy in 2021

The economic forecast for western Michigan in 2021 is not all bleak. In October, about 43,000 fewer people were employed in the Grand Rapids area, compared to before the pandemic, according to federal statistics. And that was before the state’s last emergency health ordinances went into effect. Still Jim Robey of the UpJohn Institute for …

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MDHHS calls on Michigan community to wear masks through initiative

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is launching an initiative to not only get Michiganders to wear masks, but to “mask themselves well.” “The science is now settled: masks protect others from COVID – and they protect the wearer,” said Robert Gordon, director of the MDHHS. “It’s important …

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Seeing “points of light” in West Michigan economy after pandemic

Western Michigan economic development officials say they helped recruit or keep 953 jobs in the region in 2020. That’s when the region lost about 40,000 jobs in total. The Right Place, Inc. released its annual update and forecast on Thursday. The economic development group says it has secured $ 105.6 million in new capital investment …

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Michigan Community Service Commission Provides Funding for MLK Day Volunteer Projects

LANSING, Michigan (WLNS) The Michigan Community Service Commission has announced that it will help support the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service volunteer projects by offering grants ranging from $ 100 to $ 1,000. Up to $ 30,000 will be awarded for projects organized between January 8 and January 24, 2021. “During the pandemic, …

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JACK O’MALLEY: Supporting Small Businesses Supports Michigan’s Friends, Neighbors and Economy

COVID-19 has had a vast, complex and unprecedented impact on our state. I have been consistent in saying throughout this crisis that there are COVID patients who have suffered from this terrible virus as well as economic patients who have tried to navigate the decrees and departmental guidelines that have been issued in reply. The …

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Think aviation to keep Michigan’s economy moving

If there’s anything we’ve learned throughout this global pandemic, it’s how important mobility is to our economy and society as a whole. Michigan Chamber members and individuals everywhere rely on our infrastructure network which is an interconnected network that supports our food chain, the transportation of commercial goods, the operations of major corporations, and nearly …

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