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My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

My Town Kentwood: Hotel grand reopening and ribbon cutting Jan. 15

My Town Kentwood: Hotel grand reopening and ribbon cutting Jan. 15

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- The community is invited to visit to The Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids Airport located at 4741 28th Street SE on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 4 p.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration of their newly remodeled facility.

For more information about Kentwood-Wyoming happenings, call (616) 531-5990 or visit www.southkent.org.

My Town: West Michigan Saladworks opens second location

My Town: West Michigan Saladworks opens second location

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Shoppers on 28th Street have a new dining option.

West Michigan Saladworks opened a second location last week.  The new restaurant is located in Centerpointe Mall at 3569 28th Street SE.  It’s open 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 

Tim and Julie Calderone opened their first West Michigan Saladworks franchise on Ionia Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids last August. The restaurant features fresh made-to-order salads, sandwiches and soups.

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My Town: Meijer shoppers receive checkout surprise

WALKER, Mich.—Christmas came early to 213 Meijer shoppers, who received a checkout surprise.

 

On Dec. 13, the Walker-based retailer paid for all of the gifts and groceries filling each shopper’s cart, ranging from $350 to $1,200 each.  The company posted video of the event on YouTube, which you can find here.

 

“The holidays are a time for kindness and joy, and the Very Merry Meijer event was a perfect opportunity for us to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Our family has always believed that our customers don’t need us, but that we need them. That philosophy still guides us today. We are very thankful for our customers, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”

 

VSystems Offers Michigan's Only One-Stop-Shop Technology Service for Small/Mid Sized Businesses

VSystems Offers Michigan's Only One-Stop-Shop Technology Service for Small/Mid Sized Businesses

 

BYRON CENTER, Mich. --- Virtual Systems, a Byron Center-based technology company, has launched Michigan’s only fully integrated virtual desktop, virtual private server and cloud storage system designed to meet the needs of small and medium businesses, which is expected to double the firm's revenues in 2015.

My Town: Ford Airport prepares to unveil new logo

My Town: Ford Airport prepares to unveil new logo

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is getting ready to revamp its logo and brand.

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, airport officials will unveil a new logo and brand promise that supports the airport's marketing campaign for 2015.  The event will also include a cake adorned with the airport's new logo.

Ford Airport's current logo highlights the travel hub's 50th anniversary.  The airport hit that milestone in 2013.

My Town: Bottoms up! Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

My Town: Bottoms up!  Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Kent District Library is ordering a second round of its popular series for beer lovers.

KD aLe will return Monday, Dec. 8 with a home brewing workshop by Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market.  Long will outline the basics of brewing during his visit to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch.  The home brewing workshop schedule is as follows: