Everybodys doin the Local Motion


    Local First handed out its second set of LocalMotion Awards during its annual meeting last week. The awards recognize outstanding contributions to the West Michigan economy by local businesses, organizations, individuals and families. In particular, the LocalMotion Awards honor those whose commitment to local business ownership, sustainability and neighborhood revitalization has had a pronounced impact on West Michigan. “The Local First LocalMotion Awards are an important part of our continuing effort to recognize and promote best practices in growing the West Michigan economy,” said Elissa Hillary, executive director of Local First. At right, Hillary, right, celebrates with Amy Ruis, owner of Art of the Table, who won the Guy Bazzani Local Legacy Award recognizing lifetime achievement. Above, Guy Bazzani and Emily Loeks welcome guests and make the presentations. Winning Triple Bottom Line Awards for up-and-coming and longstanding businesses, respectively, were Dwelltech and Gazelle Sports. The Mover and Shaker Award went to Ninth Bridge, Julie and Pat Wise earned the Local Hero Award and Welcome West picked up the Change Agent Award.

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