March 2021

The MACC Welcomes New Transportation Planner

The MACC is excited to introduce our newest staff addition: Anton Schauerte. Anton’s responsibilities will include managing the MACC’s long-range and short-range transportation plans, pavement evaluation program (PASER) and the annual Green Commute Week. Prior to joining the MACC, Anton worked as a Transportation Planner in central Florida on projects related to short-range planning, mapping traffic and demographic data, as well as graphic design.

Anton received his B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Ball State University in Indiana. He has also served as an AmeriCorps State/National Member, both in as a community organizer in Detroit and as a crew leader for an environmental non-profit in Salida, Colorado.

Outside of work, Anton enjoys photography, winter camping (in Florida), long-distance bicycle touring and traveling. Some of his goals include riding his bicycle across the U.S., and visiting 50 countries and all 50 states. So far, he’s visited 24 countries and 48 states.

Community Enhancement Program News

The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council started the Community Enhancement Program (CEP) grant program in 2017 — awarding over 20 community projects to date! Participating MACC members pool resources to “support efforts that serve public purposes (common good) and will have an enduring positive effect on the quality of life and economic vitality of the greater Holland/Zeeland community”.

We are happy to announce the first three projects awarded in 2021:

  • Holland Symphony’s (free) outdoor concert scheduled for August 14 at Kollen Park, featuring the Grammy award winning Mariachi band Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales from Los Angeles.
  • Historic Ottawa Beach Society’s completion of a digital interactive display about the historical Lakewood Farm & Zoo and Jenison Electric Park, mounted in the Pump House Museum and Learning Center in Park Township, near the entrance to the Holland State Park.
  • Ready for School’s expansion of their existing summer program for area incoming kindergartners, providing an additional four weeks of interactive learning materials, along with coaching, to families at home, through social media and in-person park events.


Spring Volunteer Opportunities

The MACC and other local partners have various volunteer opportunities planned this spring and are working on more cleanup events throughout the summer. All event require registration, health screening prior to participation, and COVID protocols during the events.

To learn more and register for currently planned events, click the image at the left.