An Event on October 29, 2014:

MSUBI Speaker Series: Steven Safferman

MSUBI Speaker Series - Steven Safferman

"Transforming waste to resource: decision support tools"

Wednesday, 3:30 PM October 29, 2014

MSU Bioeconomy Institute / 242 Howard Ave. 

Steven Safferman, associate professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and MSU Extension at Michigan State University, will discuss “Transforming Waste to Resource: Decision Support Tools,” on Wed., Oct. 29 at 3:30pm at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, Mich.

According to Safferman, “While we think of wastes as no longer having a useful purpose, agricultural wastes often contain valuable resources: water, nutrients, and embedded energy from carbon. Technologies are available to transform these wastes back to resources.”

In his presentation, Safferman will discuss two recently developed tools to facilitate the use of waste-to-resource technologies: the Michigan Waste Biomass Energy Inventory to Support Renewable Energy Development and the Anaerobic Digestion Development Iterative Tool (ADDIT). 

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An Event on October 22, 2014:

How to start an Internship Program

The founding partners of the Michigan Internship Initiative, Hello West Michigan and the Prima Civitas Foundation, have focused the initiative on connecting employers, educational institutions and workforce development, while providing employers with the resources necessary to build a successful internship program. There are several tools and initiatives aimed at connecting interns (talent) to employers, but it is imperative that the right structure is in place to make that connection a success.

If you are an employer interested in learning more about starting an internship program, or are looking to enhance your current internship program, there are several upcoming opportunities to do so! Simply choose the session that works best with your schedule:

October 22, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Davenport University - Holland
November 18, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Grand Valley State University UClub -Grand Rapids
January 8, 8-10 a.m., Hope College - Holland
January 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Davenport University - Grand Rapids
February 13, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Baker College of Muskegon - Muskegon
March 24, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Grand Valley State University UClub - Grand Rapids
April 21, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Hope College - Holland
May 14, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Davenport University - Grand Rapid

Register here.

An Event on October 27, 2014:

The Auto Industry: Challenges & Opportunities

Please join us on Monday, October 27 to lunch and learn from strategic business advisor, Dennis Cuneo.

"The auto industry, an important part of the West Michigan economy, has roared back after the Great Recession. But the industry is in flux, impacted by tough fuel economy regulations, new technology such as autonomous vehicles, and a geographic shift to the southern states. All of this provides both challenges and opportunities for the Lakeshore area." 

Mr. Cuneo has spent over 30 years in the industry as a Toyota executive, Board member of two major auto suppliers, and a leading industry think tank, a site selection consultant, and advisor to Silicon Valley Companies. He will provide his perspective on how automotive industry changes will impact west Michigan, and deliver recommendations to move forward.