Over the course of the last few months the MACC received four grants to support transportation and watershed initiatives:
Green Infrastructure Analysis
$21,000 – Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area
This funding will be used to develop a green infrastructure suitability map and additional analysis of cost and implementation priorities.
Sustainable Watershed Funding Study – Phase II
$64,655 – West Michigan Prosperity Alliance
This grant award will continue the work of refining four potential methods that could be used to fund implementation of watershed management plans. This project is being done in collaboration with partners in Grand Rapids and Muskegon.
Transit Accessibility & Connectivity Analysis
$47,250 – Michigan Department of Transportation
This funding will support an analysis of the accessibility and connectivity of public transit service in the MACC area. Areas currently providing transit service as well as those areas not currently providing transit service will be included.
Downtown Holland Traffic Circulation Study
$65,000 – US Department of Transportation
This funding will support an analysis of traffic circulation options for Downton Holland and nearby corridors.
More information on all these initiatives will be included in future editions of the MACC Monthly.
Growing up in the heart of California’s Central Valley, Rob Vink was surrounded by a thriving agricultural community. It was here that Rob developed a great interest and appreciation for the work and efforts of the region’s growers and dairymen. Rob left California to attend Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He spent a summer researching and making recommendations for the management of the Mt. Pisgah sand dune situated near Holland State Park. Rob graduated from Calvin College in 2007 with a degree in Environmental Geology. Rob is an avid outdoorsman and a father to two young boys. He enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, taxidermy, and spending time with his family in the outdoors. Most recently he has had the opportunity to work with one of West Michigan’s premier agricultural service providers. Rob provided assistance to the precision agriculture department and was responsible for dispatch and customer service. Rob’s experience working with West Michigan farmers has taught him that the key to being successful is by building long term, trusting relationships, and by providing innovative, creative, and sustainable solutions for growers and their operations.
The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council was pleased to name the Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) at Grand Valley State University its 2016 Watershed Stakeholder of the Year. The Watershed Stakeholder of the Year Award is given to an individual, organization or group that has made significant contributions to improving water quality in the Macatawa Watershed.
During the 2016 fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016), 24 transportation projects within the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council area received $33 million in federal funds. Total costs for these transportation projects were $42 million. To learn more about these projects obligated in 2016, please see the newly published listing of FY 2016 Obligated Projects.