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My Town: Jenison teacher now a published author

My Town: Jenison teacher now a published author

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—A teacher from Jenison schools is now a published author.

Joe R. Roper’s newest book, “The Hunter Awakens” is earning top reviews on Amazon.com. The fantasy is written for children ages 10-18, and is the first book of the Morus Chronicles.  The story summary on Amazon is as follows:

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

Kris Spaulding helps Brewery Vivant find a new way of making merry

Kris Spaulding helps Brewery Vivant find a new way of making merry

By Matthew Russell
This article originally appeared in Rapid Growth

It’s not just the regular releases of always-popular beer that Brewery Vivant is now celebrated for, but a renewed commitment to its three tenets—people, profit, and planet—as bolstered by a recent B Corp certification.

My Town: Grand Valley State University among top in the nation

My Town: Grand Valley State University among top in the nation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)—Grand Rapids is home to one of the Best Master’s Universities, according to Washington Monthly.

The publication recently ranked Grand Valley State University No. 30 in the nation in that category, based on its contribution to the public good.  GVSU ranked No. 32 in the same category last year.  The school took the top spot in the nation in the community service subcategory and 11th in the financial aid support, courses and service staff subcategory.

The rankings are based on civic engagement, research and social mobility.  For the full report, visit the Washington Monthly’s website here.

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

By Melinda Clynes
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

Thriving cities benefit from a mix of for-profit and nonprofit leadership, and Rapid Growth is taking a look at some West Michigan leaders who have left the corporate world for work in the social sector.

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Want to work for a company that embraces healthy living? Here is one amazing example.

Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium,  truly embraces this philosophy. He has not only committed to support Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees.

Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.

My Town: Local brewery among best in the U.S.

My Town: Local brewery among best in the U.S.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  Grand Rapids is home to the best craft brewery in the nation, according to The Daily Meal.

Founders Brewing Co. took the most votes during the food and drink publication’s online survey. Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo also made the cut, coming in at No. 5. More than 13,000 votes were cast nationwide. 

The contest started with 118 nominations by a panel of craft beer experts with The Daily Meal; online voters helped narrow down the list to 50 finalists, which included several of last year’s winners.

To see the entire list, visit The Daily Meal’s website here.