Features

Longform Melvin Henley

Growing Michigan Together Council addresses housing and other concerns across the state

Established by Governor Whitmer, the Growing Michigan Together Council works to develop a long-term plan of action to address many issues of concern across the state. Different goals include jobs, talent, and people; infrastructure and places; PreK-12 and higher education, and revenue. Block by Block spoke with the Executive Director of the Growing Michigan Together Council and Michigan’s first Chief Growth Officer Hilary Doe, and Melvin Henley at Community Economic Development Association of Michigan to hear about the council’s report.   

Partner Content The conference will include four break-out sessions offering a choice among 15 different topics.
Development News Photo courtesy of Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie

Prost! in Uptown Bay City creates more than small plates

For the owners and executive chef, Prost! in Uptown Bay City is a bricks-and-mortar symbol of personal growth

Longform Dr. Kelsey Sala-Hamrick is the Michigan Public Health Institute's MI ACE project director.

200-partner collaborative raises awareness about impact of adverse childhood experiences in Michigan

Partners in the Michigan ACE Initiative are working to raise awareness of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), prevent ACEs, and foster resilience among children who have experienced them. 

Feature Story St. Patrick's Day Parade list

It takes nearly a year to plan the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Bay City

The 2024 St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off on March 17, but the committee that plans the event began its work late last summer. Take a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to plan the parade.

Feature Story New Dimensions list image

New Dimensions and the United Way work together to get people into the workforce

An on-the-job training program, from New Dimensions and the United Way of Bay County, creates benefits for employees and businesses

Longform MDHHS staff early 20th century.

State of Michigan public health celebrates 150 years of service to Michiganders

The State of Michigan’s public health system recently celebrated its sesquicentennial: 150 years in service to Michiganders. To mark the occasion, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has shared a nice collection of sesquicentennial information on its website.   

Development News Dow Bay Area Family Y list

Dow Bay Area Family Y expands, bringing more jobs and more child care openings to Bay City

The Dow Bay Area Family Y expanded its child care program into a nearby church, adding spots for nearly 40 kids.

Feature Story Nicholas Harrier list

From patient to prosthetic artist: Nicholas Harrier found his calling

For more than a decade, Nicholas Harrier has been shaping art out of prosthetic devices. He is developing an international reputation for his creativity and altruism.  

Feature Story Entrepreneur list

Career Center program plants the seed for three Great Lakes Bay Region entrepreneurs

Many students from the Marketing & Management program at the Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center have gone on to start their own businesses. Here, we profile a few success stories.

Feature Story Social media list

Social media broadens our world, but also can harm our mental health

Voices of Youth writer Elyse Hompstead explains how students and teachers feel about the good and bad of social media platforms

Longform Child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

Michigan makes the leap to improved educational opportunities with MiLEAP

MiLEAP consolidates the expansion of Pre-K for All, Sixty by 30, which would see 60% of working-age Michiganders with a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2030, and all education in between. 

Feature Story virtual job fair image

Virtual Job Fair represents 40+ employers seeking behavioral health services professionals

The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHA) is sponsoring a Behavioral Health Services Virtual Job Fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 21, 2024. 

Development News Chamber lunch and learn

Chamber members share food for thought over lunch

The Chamber launched Lunch & Learns in its Downtown Bay City offices in January as a way for member businesses to support each other and network a little.

Development News Jordan Dice is the owner of the Midland Mall.

Midland Mall continues to see improvements through maintenance and fresh retailers

Profile Q & A with new owner of Midland Mall working to breath new life into the mall as retail stores close across the country.

Feature Story Golden Horizons Alzheimers list

Training and support groups help caregivers and people living with dementia

The grant-funded Dementia Training Project allows Golden Horizons Adult Day Center to provide support and guidance for area caregivers. Funding for the project comes from Bay Area Community Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Fund.

Feature Story Home list

If we build housing, economic development will come

Regional leaders gathered at SVSU to talk about the positive impact housing has on economic development. During the Housing Summit, they talked about successes in each area and exchanged information about public tools to help private developers.

Feature Story Billiards list image

World-class trick-shot players are coming to Bay City for a championship tournament in February

Since 2000, the World Pool Association has recognized artistic pool as a legitimate cue sport. From Feb. 7-10, some of the best trick-shot pool players in the world will gather in Bay City.  

Feature Story Snowfest 2024 list

Bay City-area teams were among the competitors at Snowfest 2024

Local competitors were among the snow carvers at Zehnders Snowfest 2024 held late in January in Frankenmuth.

Partner Content The Grand Rapids location will expand AAoM’s  Upbound Staffing employment program.

Upbound Staffing creates inclusive connections for employers and job seekers

Upbound Staffing helps prepare job candidates living with autism for all parts of a career search and assists businesses in making their work environments more inclusive.

Community Calendar

If you have an event you would like to appear on our community calendar you can submit a request here