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My Town Ada: $13 million redevelopment project enters new phase

My Town Ada: $13 million redevelopment project enters new phase

ADA, Mich.—The next phase in a new vision for the village of Ada will be on display for the public Monday, Sept. 8.

Ada Township plans to invest $6.5 million in the redevelopment project, which will focus on public facilities and infrastructure improvements to support an estimated $70 million in commercial and residential developments.  In turn, Amway will contribute $3.5 million to the improvements and lead the effort to raise an additional $3 million in private donations.

The Envision Ada project started last year with a series of community meetings to determine what the community should look like in the future. More than 1,200 residents contributed to the process, coming up with a blueprint for retail, residential and green spaces along the riverfront.  To see the entire plan, visit Envision Ada's website.

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

 

WALKER, Mich.—  A Walker-based retail store is hiring thousands more workers ahead of the holiday season.

Meijer recently announced it plans to hire more than 10,000 additional employees for stores in five states. Nearly half of the new hires, approximately 4,800 people, will happen in Michigan. The additional employees are needed to cover duties newly opened stores, as well as the upcoming busy holiday shopping season.  Meijer opened or is opening nine new stores in 2014; the retailer plans to open additional locations in 2015.

The openings will be for a variety of positions, from cashiers to meat cutting.  The majority of positions will be part time and seasonal.  Interested candidates can apply online on Meijer’s website

Meijer currently operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

My Town: Make a life-saving donation, get a free haircut

My Town: Make a life-saving donation, get a free haircut

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A life-saving donation could get you a new look.

The American Red Cross is teaming up with Sport Clips to provide coupons for free haircuts to those who sign up to donate blood at participating drives and blood donation centers.  The campaign, called “Saving Lives Never Looked So Good”, runs through the month of September at the Sports Clips locations at Knapps Corner, Shops at Plaza on the East Beltline, in Grandville and the Kenowa Center.

For more information and to find a participating blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org/sport-clips.

My Town: Head of ADAC Automotive to lead automotive supplier board

My Town: Head of ADAC Automotive to lead automotive supplier board

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CASCADE, Mich.– Jim Teets, President & CEO of ADAC Automotive (Grand Rapids, Michigan/USA), has been nominated as chairman of the Board of Directors of VAST – one of the leading automotive suppliers in security and access control products.

The position of chairman was created in the context of organizational changes in 2010, and it was decided that this function will rotate among the three VAST partners every two years. Harry Stratton, Chairman of STRATTEC Security (Milwaukee, Wisconsin/USA), was the first chairman. The last two years Rainer Goelz, CEO of WITTE Automotive (Velbert, Germany), headed up the VAST Board of Directors, which defines the strategic goals of the alliance, oversees the implementation of the VAST global initiatives and provides advice to the VAST leadership team.

My Town: Construction underway on adult day care center

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new adult day care center is taking shape in Grand Rapids Township.

Construction is underway on SarahCare Adult Day Center.  The facility will be located in the Northridge Center, at 2211 East Beltline Ave.  The 8,378 square foot center will feature an activity room, living room, dining room, kitchen and food service area, exercise and beauty salon, as well as offices and a conference room for caregiver support groups.

CD Barnes Construction expects to complete work on the business by October 2014.

My Town: Company with local offices among best in America to work for

My Town: Company with local offices among best in America to work for

CASCADE, Mich.-- A business in West Michigan is among America’s Best Companies to Work for, according to 24/7 Wall St.

The content partner of USA TODAY recently released its list for 2014.  LinkedIn, Facebook, Eastman Chemical, Insight Global and Bain & Company took the top five spots, based on their Glassdoor ratings from employees.

Keller Williams is the only real estate company to make the cut.  The company says it’s focused on helping agents build their own businesses.  Employees rated it high for its training and rewards programs.  The company employs 95,000 associates nationwide, including the office at 630 Kenmoor SE, Suite 101 in Cascade.

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

By Stephen Thomas Kent
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

If you talk to West Michigan technology employers and entrepreneurs frequently, as we do at Rapid Growth Media, you’ll hear one refrain that pops up again and again: “Talent.” As in, “we need more of it.”