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Feature Story Rendering shows an aerial view of Gentex's planned expansion. (Gentex)

Gentex’s $300M expansion to add 500 new jobs

Ottawa County's biggest employer is growing. Gentex Corp. is investing $300 million to expand its operations with new facilities in the city of Zeeland and Zeeland Charter Township.

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Ottawa County wants to hear from residents about how to spend $57M

There's less than a week left for Ottawa County residents and business owners to take a survey about how $57 million in ARPA funding should be spent. The questionnaire, available in both English and Spanish, takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete and closes on August 1. 

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Building momentum in careers and community: Latinx leadership program looks ahead

The LEADeres program has been developing Latinx leaders for the last decade. These leaders still rely on the lessons learned in their cohort. Now the program is expanding to meet the needs of returning students.

Feature Story Dune Harbor Park has officially been open to the public and a part of the Norton Shores community since March. The initial feedback has been positive.

Muskegon County’s newest park opens in Norton Shores

Dune Harbor Park has officially been open to the public and a part of the Norton Shores community since March. The initial feedback has been positive, says Bob Lukens, Muskegon County community development director.

Feature Story The U.S. Coast Guard ships are decked out like this during the festival.

What to do in August: Festivals and fishing tournaments, concerts and family movie nights

From festivals to music, art shows to sidewalk sales, and 5Ks to family movie nights, there are plenty of things to do in August in Allegan, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties. 

Feature Story The Chinook Pier Food Truck Park officially launched with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 29. (City of Grand Haven)

Grand Haven creates waterfront gathering spot with food trucks

Grand Haven has turned a grassy patch along its waterfront into a destination with the new Chinook Pier Food Truck Park.  

Longform Katherine Rosenblum, co-director of the University of Michigan's Zero to Thrive program.

Michigan programs aim to prevent preschool expulsions, reducing lifelong harmful effects

Some early childhood professionals use the term "preschool to prison pipeline" to describe the way preschool and daycare expulsions and suspensions rock children's lives.

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Fostering collaboration, commitment and continued community engagement from GR to the lakeshore

The LEADeres program is preparing Latino professionals to drive positive change. It has helped form business leaders, educators, a county judge and others who play a role in shaping the identity and future of this region.

Feature Story Momentum Center staff and members pose outside the nonprofit's new Holland facility at 345 W. 14th St. From left are members Steve Savage and James Dykstra and Program Coordinator Sarah Streng and Chief Funding Officer Caleb Zokoe.

Momentum Center continues to expand programming in Grand Haven, Holland

The Momentum Center, with locations in Grand Haven and Holland, is a grassroots movement to create a stigma-free community. The nonprofit is reaching out to new groups with its ever-expanding programming.

Feature Story The reception area of the new West Michigan Works! office in Holland.

West Michigan Works! relocates Holland service center

West Michigan Works! has relocated its Holland service center to a more central location close to key partners such as the GRCC Lakeshore Campus.

Feature Story Muskegon is one of eight venues across Michigan hosting the Junior Gold Championships for the first time. (IBC Youth Development)

Muskegon among Michigan venues hosting top youth bowlers in U.S.

Muskegon is one of eight venues across Michigan hosting the Junior Gold Championships for the first time. More than 4,000 athletes are competing in one of the largest events ever hosted by the West Michigan Sports Commission.

Feature Story Hyperion Automation used its robot to cut the ribbon on its new facility.

Robot cuts ribbon on Hyperion Automation’s new facility

Hyperion Automation showed off a recent project by having a robot cut the ribbon for the Holland-based system integration provider.

Feature Story Jim Kaat (right) standing on the playing field at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his father, John Kaat, of Zeeland, prior to Game 7 of the 1965 World Series.

Zeeland native Jim Kaat to be enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame — finally

Mythic. That’s how Zeeland-born-and-raised pitcher Jim Kaat describes his first wide-eyed visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Feature Story Temple Grandin takes a tour of Benjamin’s Hope in Holland. (Courtesy)

Temple Grandin makes memorable visit to Benjamin’s Hope

Temple Grandin, whose work inspired the founder of Benjamin’s Hope, visits the Holland farmstead community for adults with autism. She’ll return for a 2023 event.

Longform PLANE program creator Dr. Leah Ketcheson with program participants Martin Paige-Fowlkes and Amanda Paige.

Kids on autism spectrum get physical activity, nutrition support through Detroit program

PLANE, short for Physical Literacy and Nutrition Education, offers adaptive strategies to get kids moving, as well as a nutrition curriculum that shares ways to introduce kids to healthier foods. 

Feature Story  Feeding America West Michigan's new Gather 2 Grow program has expanded to Fruitport District Library.

Gather 2 Grow expands to Muskegon and Allegan libraries

West Michigan's new Gather 2 Grow program is providing lunches for youths. This year, the program has expanded to serve Allegan and Muskegon counties.

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Looking back on FSU program that is steadily creating & retaining Latino leaders in West Michigan

The LEADeres program at Ferris State University has increased Latino representation at the school and continues to create new leaders and stakeholders throughout the West Michigan community.

Feature Story Bacha Popi performs at the LAUP ¡Fiesta! in the Holland Civic Center July 9.

LAUP ¡Fiesta! makes strong comeback

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a beloved Holland tradition returned over the weekend. Thousands gathered for ¡Fiesta!, an annual celebration of Latino heritage and cultures sponsored by LAUP.

Feature Story Ryan Kilpatrick, Lead Consultant for the Ottawa County-Holland-based HousingNext.

Collaborative approach to addressing affordable housing shortage garners national spotlight

HUD award recognizes the collaboration of public, private, and philanthropic partners that came together to create Housing Next to focus on addressing the region’s housing problem.

Feature Story A CAH employee in Food Club's guest services can answer questions about the affordable internet program.

Food Club brings affordable internet to low-income families

Community Action House Food Club is helping low-income families take advantage of a federal program that pays for broadband service and internet connected devices.