Urban Alliance appoints interim executive director

An economic development nonprofit in Kalamazoo chose an interim leader as it searches for its next permanent executive director.

West Michigan Works! survey reveals effects of COVID-19 on workforce

West Michigan Works! published the results of a study conducted to capture the reasons behind today’s talent supply and demand mismatch.

Amplify GR hires education director and communications manager

An economic development nonprofit focused on the southeast side of Grand Rapids hired a pair of individuals from one of the neighborhoods it serves to round out its team.

Express Pros looks to fill 800 light industrial jobs at weeklong hiring fair

A local staffing agency is looking to help over 100 West Michigan employers fill 800 open positions this week through phone and in-person interviews.

Little Space Studio celebrates official opening with ribbon cutting

Little Space Studio officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event at its location at The Harris Building, 111 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids.

NIA Centre appoints executive director

A nonprofit working to establish an African American cultural center in Grand Rapids appointed a new executive director.

Grand River Bank hires branch manager

Grand River Bank recently hired a branch manager for its newest location in Grand Rapids Township.

Christman Company forms innovation group

The Christman Company announced the creation of the Christman Building Innovation Group to further innovation and excellence across its self-perform services.

Whitmer proposes use of $1.4B in federal child care aid

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday outlined how Michigan should spend more than $1.1 billion allotted for child care under the most recent federal coronavirus rescue, proposing to make it more affordable and to give workers $500 retention bonuses every three months.

WMCAT to offer tuition-free classes

The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) will be offering tuition-free career training in the health care sector in September through its Adult Career Training Program.

Spectrum Health joins commitment to increase MWBE investment by $1 billion

Spectrum Health joined 11 other health systems – some of the largest companies in their states – to announce major shifts in procurement strategies to help address the economic, racial and environmental disparities that impact community health outcomes.

Kalamazoo College hires VP for student development

Kalamazoo College named J. Malcolm Smith its new vice president for student development and dean of students.

Economic developers to foster supplier diversity

Large organizations often source products through one big supplier contract rather than several smaller ones, but an event being held this month will encourage buyers to give a chance to smaller, diverse-owned West Michigan businesses.

Organizations work to convert interns to employees

West Michigan organizations are working to make sure summer interns learn about the region’s diverse cultural, lifestyle and job opportunities in hopes they’ll have a great experience and put down roots.

GVSU hires director for accelerator initiative

Grand Valley State University named Steven Hodas as the executive director of GV NextEd Accelerator, a GVSU initiative that is designed to reduce institutional barriers to learning and develop new approaches and support for learners, educators and families.

WSI Workforce Strategies Inc. hosting job fair at Best Metal Products

A local staffing and recruiting agency will host a job fair this month on behalf of a maker of hydraulic cylinders.

Calvin University president will not renew contract following 2021-22 year

Michael Le Roy will be stepping down as president of Calvin University after the 2021-22 academic year, opting not to renew his contract, the university said.

Safe Haven Ministries hires new executive director

Safe Haven Ministries selected Rachel VerWys as the organization’s next executive director.

SEE appoints new executive director

Solutions to End Exploitation (SEE) chose its next executive director.

Grand Rapids Police Department hires first chief of staff

The Grand Rapids Police Department hired Karianne Thomas as the department’s first chief of staff.