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Kent’s “Financial Soundness” Applauded by Ratings Agencies

Kent’s “Financial Soundness” Applauded by Ratings Agencies
---------------------------------------NEWS RELEASE----------------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Kent County Administration) – Businesses and residents in Kent County are in good hands fiscally. Kent County remains financially strong, according to rating agencies Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s Investors Service. Both agencies affirmed the long-term Triple-A credit ratings– the highest possible – for the County. This represents the 16th consecutive year that Kent County has held the long-term Triple-A ratings from both agencies. Both S&P and Moody’s also affirmed the highest short-term credit ratings available for the County. S&P noted that Kent County has a history of strong financial management and commitment to meeting financialobligations. In addition, one S&P analyst called Kent County’s financial overview “. . .

My Town:Kent County Board names new District 6 Commissioner

My Town:Kent County Board names new District 6 Commissioner

WALKER, Mich.--- A new person will be representing Walker and West Grand Rapids when the Kent County Board of Commissioners reconvenes April 10.

On March 27, the Board unanimously voted to appoint Patrick Szymczak to the seat previously held by Michael Wawee.  Wawee is charged with obtaining money under false pretenses for his own use from the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids and Holy Cross Cemetery, where Wawee works. He’s accused of taking between $1,000 and $20,000. In an earlier statement, Wawee said he resigned from his seat to focus his energy and time on family and proving his innocence.

Szymczak comes with a decade of experience as a local business owner.  He owns Jant Group, LCC, a visual graphics company based in Rockford.  Prior to that, he served as global account manager for SBC Global.

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Looking for a job?  The list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is out.

The businesses are nominated by staff or community members.  Judges then whittle down the pool to 101 winners, based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and other categories.    This year’s winners are:

My Town: Auto suppliers combine companies

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Grand Rapids metal stamping plant is changing hands.

GR Spring & Stamping is being bought up by Gill Industries, an auto supplier that’s been in the Grand Rapids community for 50 years.  The combined company will employ more than 1,500 people at facilities in eight locations, including Michigan.

"The combination strengthens the competitive position and long-term future of two Grand Rapids companies. Both companies have been part of the community for 50 years and we remain committed to it," says Gill CEO Richard Perreault.

Gill Industries was founded in 1964 and is located at 5271 Plainfield Ave. NE in Plainfield Township. GR Spring & Stamping was established in 1960 and has two facilities in Michigan, at 706 Bond Ave. in Grand Rapids and 2170 Avastar Parkway in Walker.

My Town Walker: Public to weigh in on daycare proposal March 5

My Town Walker: Public to weigh in on daycare proposal March 5

WALKER, Mich.--  The public is invited to weigh in on plans for a new daycare center along 3 Mile Road NW.

Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon wants to replace the residential buildings at 2025 3 Mile Road NW with an Appletree Learning Center.  The property is currently zoned ML- Light Industrial, so Tubbs-Carlon is requesting a special exception use permit for the project. 

The meeting on Wednesday, March 5 will take place at 7 p.m. inside the Walker City Commission Chambers, located at 4243 Remembrance Road NW.  Tubbs-Carlon will review site plans during that meeting.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

My Town Walker: Public hearing March 5 for daycare center project

My Town Walker: Public hearing March 5 for daycare center project

WALKER, Mich.--  A new daycare center may soon be moving into 3 Mile Road NW.

Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon wants to replace the residential buildings at 2025 3 Mile Road NW with an Appletree Learning Center.  The property is currently zoned ML- Light Industrial, so Tubbs-Carlon is requesting a special exception use permit for the project. 

Wednesday’s meeting will take place at 7 p.m. inside the Walker City Commission Chambers, located at 4243 Remembrance Road NW.  Tubbs-Carlon will review site plans during that meeting.