One of the many great amenities we enjoy here in West Michigan is the change in seasons that showcase our beautiful region with ever rotating backdrops. As the leaves start to turn, we are reminded that one season is ending, and another just beginning. Sometimes it feels like a particular season will never end (last year’s eternal winter?), and others feel far too short. So it is with my time spent here with the MACC.
It was with a great deal of mixed emotions that I shared earlier this week with staff, board members, and partners that I will be moving on from the MACC to become the City Engineer of Grand Rapids. While extremely excited by this unique opportunity, I am truly saddened to be leaving the MACC after such a short time here. This decision was not made lightly, and involved months of prayer and careful consideration. I often tell people that I have the privilege of working with some amazing leaders and partners who work tirelessly to make this area so special. It’s been a joy to serve alongside and learn from these individuals.
The MACC Executive Committee is in the process of developing a transition plan and search process for my replacement. I will be working to help facilitate a smooth transition in every way that I can over the next month, but also have the utmost confidence in the team here continuing on with what they do so well.
I’m tremendously grateful for having had this role, even though its season was too brief. Thank you for your partnership and guidance as part of that this past year. I genuinely hope our paths cross again.
At their September meeting, the Community Enhancement Program (CEP) Board awarded $6,150 to the Park Theatre for a brick restoration project. The south wall, which was recently made more visible from the demolition of the adjacent building was deteriorating and in desperate need of repair.
The Park Theatre is one of the only live music venues in Holland, providing opportunities for local, regional and national artists to showcase their talents. The CEP board agreed that the 133 year old structure has made an important contribution to the arts and culture of our community, and as a result, was a worthy candidate of funding through the program. The project is already underway, and expected to be completed by the end of November.
Further information about the CEP, and how to apply can be found here.
The MACC was recently awarded a $190,000 grant from the Great Lakes Commission through their Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program. This grant will help support implementation of agricultural conservation practices in certain areas of the watershed to reduce phosphorus and sediment pollution in Lake Macatawa. Specifically, the funding will be used to install approximately 3,900 linear feet of grassed waterways (lower left) and 1,450 acres of cover crops (lower right). Combined, these practices will help keep about 3,500 pounds of phosphorus and 5,000 tons of sediment out of Lake Macatawa. For more information, contact Rob Vink, MACC Agricultural Technician: email@example.com or 395-2688.