Intro by Ron Beacom:
For a community to grow, you need big thinkers and strong builders. Catalyst gets a view of 2021 from one of Midland’s big thinkers representing one of Midland's community-minded construction companies.
Jon Lynch is the president of the Three Rivers Corporation, a full-service design/build, mechanical, and general contracting company founded in 1976. Lynch is responsible for establishing corporate objectives, ensuring profitable growth, and fulfilling Three Rivers’ commitment to its customers and communities. Prior to joining Three Rivers, he served as Midland’s City Manager from 2006 to 2017. Lynch has served in leadership roles in several organizations including the Midland Business Alliance, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, and the Greater Midland Community Centers.
Article by Jon Lynch:
In a year that called for decisiveness and determination, it’s uplifting to see that we could come together to make great things happen in our community. Countless organizations throughout Midland and the Great Lakes Bay Region worked collaboratively to make significant improvements right here, where we all work, relax, and call home.
The new Sanford Hardware opened in the spring of 2021.
As we approached the first anniversary of flooding and dam failures that occurred in May 2020, Sanford’s restart was well underway with tremendous support from the local business community. Fisher Contracting, County Line Electric and many others donated time, materials, and services to help with Sanford’s rebuilding efforts.
MyMichigan Health continued to strengthen its offerings throughout the region to carry on its purpose of “Creating Healthy Communities – Together.” The latest example is the opening of the Emergency Department in Bay City which adds much-needed emergency care access to the city’s west side.
Corteva Agriscience, Dow, and DuPont further demonstrated their commitment to our region by actively promoting the community throughout the year. Midland Blooms returned to Midland with a new commitment from Corteva and continued leadership from the Midland Business Alliance. Their efforts saw over 500 individuals and businesses come together for this one-day service project.
Dow’s continued support of the Great Lakes Bay Invitational and Tennis Classic again brought the best in women’s golf and tennis to Midland, attracting spectators from far and wide. And DuPont’s persistent promise to support families in our region was demonstrated through donations of building materials and household appliances to those in need during Sanford’s rebuilding efforts.
The first pitch at the Middle of the Mitt Miracle Field will come next spring.
In October, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at the future site of the Middle of the Mitt Miracle Field in Midland’s Central Park. Once completed, this barrier-free facility will provide athletes of all ages with physical or cognitive disabilities an opportunity to participate in the game of baseball. We can’t wait for the first pitch next spring.
Without question, there is much to look back on and appreciate from this past year. We applaud our government officials, community leaders, and engaged citizens for working together to make positive impacts and improvements for the entire Great Lakes Bay Region. At Three Rivers Corporation, we look forward to helping make the communities in which we live and work even better in the years to come.