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My Town: Wedgwood Honors Avila with Diversity Award

My Town: Wedgwood Honors Avila with Diversity Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  Varnum attorney Luis Avila was presented with a Diversity Award given by Wedgwood Christian Services at a celebration on May 14 at the Wedgwood Nagel Conference Chapel.

Avila, a labor and employment attorney with a focus on traditional labor and employment litigation, is currently serving Wedgwood Christian Services as a board member.

"As an agency, we take the time out to recognize and celebrate with those individuals who share in our vision for diversity," stated Diversity Coordinator Pastor Arlan Palmer in a letter acknowledging the award.

Prior to joining Varnum, Avila worked at the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights in Switzerland, the Centre for Advice on Individual rights in Europe, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and the Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights project in Arizona.

My Town: Ryan Reardon assumes ownership of two Grand Rapids McDonald's locations

My Town: Ryan Reardon assumes ownership of two Grand Rapids McDonald's locations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  McDonald’s Corporation announced Friday, May 16  that McDonald’s owner/operator Ryan Reardon has taken ownership of the McDonald’s restaurants at 1130 Fulton St. SW and 1240 S. Division in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Reardon, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, has been with McDonald’s throughout West Michigan since 2007.

Reardon, 33, is a 2003 graduate from John Carroll University, where he was a running back on the football team. The assistant coach on that team was his father Tim Reardon, a JCU and Ohio football coaching legend. After he graduated from JCU, Reardon worked in Florida in the fields of heavy commercial construction and civil engineering, and in the Cleveland area working for Pulte Homes.

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Approximately 90 businesses will be looking for employees during the Muskegon Veterans Job Fair this Friday, May 16.

The hiring event will take place on the U.S.S. LST 393 Veterans Museum Ship, docked at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon.  This is the third year for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job openings range from engineering to grocery store cashiers.  Participating businesses include:

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

My Town: Two honored with chamber of commerce awards

My Town: Two honored with chamber of commerce awards

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  A man who emigrated from Indonesia to open a series of floral shops in West Michigan is the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Award recipient.

Big Goei came to the United States in 1960 and settled in West Michigan.  With hard work and dedication, he built Eastern Floral, which has grown into seven locations involving 60 employees, generating an annual revenue of $5 million.

Goei also created the International Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the Goei Center, which is a business incubator for young, minority and female entrepreneurs.  He also serves as vice chair of Governor Snyder’s Talent Investment Board.

Goei was honored during the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon April 23.  Melissa Fennel, senior strategic sourcing manager at Herman Miller, was also honored with the Outstanding Advocate for Minority-Owned Business award.

My Town GR West: Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids students visit American Seating Company

My Town GR West: Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids students visit American Seating Company

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids students recently experienced a unique, one-of-a-kind experience granting students a behind the scenes look at the state-of-the-art and industry-leading engineering taking place at American Seating Company

Kent’s “Financial Soundness” Applauded by Ratings Agencies

Kent’s “Financial Soundness” Applauded by Ratings Agencies
---------------------------------------NEWS RELEASE----------------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Kent County Administration) – Businesses and residents in Kent County are in good hands fiscally. Kent County remains financially strong, according to rating agencies Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s Investors Service. Both agencies affirmed the long-term Triple-A credit ratings– the highest possible – for the County. This represents the 16th consecutive year that Kent County has held the long-term Triple-A ratings from both agencies. Both S&P and Moody’s also affirmed the highest short-term credit ratings available for the County. S&P noted that Kent County has a history of strong financial management and commitment to meeting financialobligations. In addition, one S&P analyst called Kent County’s financial overview “. . .