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Lakeshore Advantage Releases The 2015 Year in Review

Lakeshore Advantage Releases The 2015 Year in Review

780 New Jobs and $110 million in Private Investment Supported

Zeeland, MI – Lakeshore Advantage released their year-end review today. The organization shared the significant strides forward that helped Ottawa County be one of the most economically robust regions in Michigan.

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Perrigo Pride is Alive and Well in West Michigan

Perrigo Pride is Alive and Well in West Michigan

Area Economic Development Leaders Send Congratulatory Message


Allegan, MI – A team of West Michigan economic development leaders celebrates the success of Perrigo maintaining its independence.  Earlier this week, a billboard and social media campaign was launched to share their gratitude for the tremendous impact Perrigo and its employees have had on the West Michigan region. Perrigo announced today that the hostile tender trade by Mylan has been rejected by its stockholders.

“We couldn’t be more excited and relieved with this outcome.  Perrigo is part of the fabric of West Michigan and we have incredible #perrigopride,” said Nora Balgoyen-Williams, director of the Allegan County Economic Development Commission.

There was fantastic positive response to the campaign that was felt company-wide according to several sources within Perrigo.  Hundreds of social media messages from Perrigo employers, local organizations and community residence sent their message of pride and support to Perrigo and its employees using the #perrigopride as the call to action.

“Our community rallied to share its support during this very challenging time for the companies 4,000 employees in West Michigan,” said Jennifer Owens, president Lakeshore Advantage. “This outpouring of support is just what we do in West Michigan.”

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West Michigan Leaders Share Perrigo Pride

West Michigan Leaders Share Perrigo Pride

Billboard & Social Media Campaign of Gratitude Launched

Allegan, MI – A team of West Michigan economic development leaders launched a billboard and social media campaign today to share their gratitude for the tremendous impact Perrigo and its employees have had on the West Michigan region.  Five billboards throughout West Michigan send a message thanking Perrigo for all it has done and will continue to do for the region. Organizations and individuals are also being encouraged to share their #perrigopride through social media.

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Holland and Grand Rapids SmartZone Partnership Receives MEDC Approval

Holland and Grand Rapids SmartZone Partnership Receives MEDC Approval
Regional Entrepreneurial Partnership Moves Forward

Holland, MI – The Holland satellite SmartZone, in partnership with the Grand Rapids SmartZone, received official designation approval from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) today. 

SmartZones are distinct geographic locations where technology-based firms, entrepreneurs and researchers locate in close proximity to community assets that help them innovate and grow.  The designation allows the community to use tax increment financing to collect 50 percent of any increase in property tax value due and invest that growth back to support technology business development.

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Holland SmartZone Map

Holland SmartZone Bill Signing Photo

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