Change-Ups: KCCU’s newest branch receives LEED certification


Kellogg Community Credit Union’s newest branch at 2270 Gezon Pkwy. in Wyoming is LEED-Certified. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the most widely used green building rating system. Design, construction and operations practices improve environmental and human health, and LEED-certified buildings help make the world more sustainable. KCCU’s Gezon Parkway branch opened in October 2019 and is in the Metro Health Village. KCCU partnered with Grand Rapids-based Integrated Architecture and Rockford Construction for the design and build of its new branch.


Blue Flame Thinking turned 55 years old this year.


Grand Rapids Ballet has two virtual program performances online, one of which will include a world premiere piece from choreographer-in-residence Penny Saunders. An Evening with Penny Saunders will premiere online June 12 and will showcase the works of the Princess Grace Award winner and GRB’s resident choreographer. Classic & Contemporary premiered online May 15.

St. Joseph-based Spectrum Health Lakeland and Krasl Art Center have partnered to develop a pop-up art and wellness exhibit to help address the behavioral health challenges faced by community members in Southwest Michigan. The pop-up kiosk, which is currently in development by a team of KAC and Spectrum Health Lakeland staff, local artists, and regional creatives, is considered timely as the community faces the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the program is to increase understanding of mental health and destigmatize mental illness.


Sparta-based ChoiceOne Bank announced Angie Hanks joined the Coopersville branch office as branch manager.


Alexa Kramer, director of government affairs at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Education & Talent Development Fellowship.


Midland-based Northwood University’s Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management has added a Doctor of Business Administration degree.

The board of trustees of Albion College has elected Michael J. Harrington, ’85, as its new chairman, after serving as a trustee for eight years. The Indianapolis attorney and retired corporate executive will lead the 27-person board.


Holland-based Boxed Water Is Better planted 1 million trees in partnership with the National Forest Foundation as a part of its ongoing commitment to support the planet and sustainability efforts.


Midwest Capital Advisors hired Steve Witte as client services manager.


Ottawa County installed a drop box outside its Fillmore Administration Building at 12220 Fillmore St., West Olive, for customers unable to complete payments and business online. The box is located on the lower level of the building near the entrance of the treasurer’s office.


Network180 is the recipient of a $2 million grant with the possibility of being renewed a second year at an additional $2 million from SAMHSA for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic project. The CCBHC project will allow Network180 to expand its services to individuals of all ages in Kent County struggling with a mental illness, substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorder, including veterans and those whose symptoms are considered mild to moderate in severity.

Old National Bank has committed $1.2 million for COVID-19 relief, specifically $600,000 focused on meeting the immediate needs in local communities, and $600,000 in Old National Bank Foundation grant funding that will focus on longer-term restorative and transformational needs within local communities.

The Greater Grand Rapids Chamber Foundation announced a $200,000 contribution from the Consumers Energy Foundation to its Rapid Response Economic Relief Fund, which has authorized 48 grants totaling $455,000 thus far to provide short-term, emergency financial relief to small businesses in Kent County impacted by widespread closures brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Porter Hills Foundation has received a $20,000 grant from the Heart of West Michigan United Way Coronavirus Response Fund, which will support Porter Hills Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund for frontline caregivers, a special support fund for team members caring for older adults served at Porter Hills, with headquarters in Grand Rapids.


Ferris State University’s Plastics and Rubber Laboratory staff and students have collaborated with Big Rapids Towing to quickly expatiate the production of face shields for health care use. Big Rapids Towing put the mold needed to make the face shields on a truck and hauled it to the shop in Lapeer. Product design engineering assistant professor Luke Hedman has been using a 3D printer to produce headbands.

Muskegon-based Mercy Health Hackley Campus has received an “A” ranking on its spring 2020 scorecard from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationally for patient safety.

The Keep MI Healthy online screening tool is now available in Spanish to help health officials track potential COVID-19 hotspots. To complete the survey, go to and click “Get Started!” Upon completion, residents can optionally provide their mobile phone number to receive a daily text reminder to take the survey.


Michigan Millers Insurance named the Dan Charles Agency one of its Preferred Agency partners for 2020. The independent agency represents the top 10% in terms of production, profitability and professionalism with the company.


Clark Hill PLC announced the addition of John T. Klees as senior counsel in its Grand Rapids office in the tax and estate planning practice group.

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP has been recognized as one of the leading law firms in Michigan by Chambers USA 2020, for the 18th consecutive year, in the areas of banking and finance, corporate, general commercial litigation and employee benefits and executive compensation. Six attorneys were awarded for their work in the aforementioned areas: Douglas A. Dozeman, general commercial litigation; Anthony J. Kolenic, employee benefits and executive compensation; Mary Jo Larson, employee benefits and executive compensation; Justin W. Stemple, employee benefits and executive compensation; Stephen C. Waterbury, corporate/M&A; and Lisa B. Zimmer, employee benefits and executive compensation.


The Mackinac State Historic Parks announced its “Explore at Home” collection of online resources. Included are online exhibits and demonstrations, movies detailing the histories of Fort Mackinac, Colonial Michilimackinac, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and activities for kids. Go to


Aspen Surgical Products Inc. in Caledonia announced the acquisition of Precept Medical Products, which designs, manufactures and markets nonwoven, single-use disposable protective medical apparel that addresses infection control challenges faced by health care professionals, with a strong emphasis on the U.S. market.


WAMU 88.5 in Ann Arbor announced Jenn White has been selected as the new host of the nationally syndicated NPR show 1A, which is broadcasted in Grand Rapids and West Michigan.


Essence Restaurant Group managing partner James Berg announced Grove has been rebranded into Jimmy Berger’s Chicken Shack as a pop-up takeout concept.


Electronics company Bekins, with showrooms in Grand Haven and Grand Rapids, has been ranked No. 57 in the nation for custom electronics installation, and the highest ranked custom electronics installer in the state of Michigan in the May issue of CE Pro magazine.


Grand Rapids Public Schools announced coach Don Fellows will lead the Union High School football program.

The Grand Rapids Griffins, West Michigan Whitecaps, Grand Rapids Drive and West Michigan Sports Commission launched “One Team For West Michigan,” a 30-second PSA video released to local TV stations and shared on the four organizations’ websites and social media platforms to communicate a positive message of hope voiced by Ginger Zee, a West Michigan native and chief meteorologist for ABC News.


The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority announced the appointment of Peter Beukema to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board representing Ottawa County.


Downtown Holland has launched two new websites, ( and (, to make it easier for customers to shop online and order take-out from downtown Holland businesses.

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