Grand Valley Metropolitan Council is an alliance of governmental units in the West Michigan area
that are appointed to plan for the growth and development, improve the quality of the community's life, and
coordinate governmental services. GVMC: Ensuring trust, credibility and confidence in governmental affairs

Latest Developments

Personal Property Tax Reforms Become Law - Scott Smith of Dickinson Wright published an article in the National Law Journal regarding the Personal Property Tax Reform.  Click here to view

Proposal Request. - The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the City of Grand Rapids request statements of qualifications and Proposals from consulting firms who are able to assist in the undertaking of joint traffic circulation/signage and access realignment feasibility study for the City of Grand Rapids downtown area. Click here for more information

Over 180 people attended the West Michigan Prosperity Alliance's first Community Conversations March 17 at DeVos Place during the Governor's Economic Summit.  Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation and click here to view the worksheets.

The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council passed a resolution urging the Governor and Legislators to use the projected budget surplus to replace funding diverted from local government and to fix our roads.  Click here to view the resolution.

GVMC Executive Director, John Weiss, presented the 2013 Annual Report and Financial Audit at the March 6, GVMC Board Meeting. click here to view the 2012/2013 Annual Report. click here to view the 2012-2013 Financial Audit.

At the February 20 GVMC Quarterly Luncheon, Mike Faas, CEO of Metro Health, gave a presentation on Healthcare 2014 and Its Implications to West Michigan.  Click here to view the presentation

Join LGROW for the 11th Annual Grand River Spring Forum on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. The event will be held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in the 3rd floor Overlook Room. The Keynote speaker for the event is Jon Allan, Director of the Office of Great Lakes, discussing “Michigan’s Water Strategy”. You will also learn more about Michigan’s Blue Economy - how clean and accessible water translates into recreation, tourism, increased property values and enhanced quality of life and place. Other communities will present their riverfront revitalization initiatives focusing on how re-purposing natural water features and improving water quality were vital parts of the community place-making efforts.
Come join us for this exciting event.  For more details go to click here , or contact Wendy Ogilvie. To RSVP contact Gayle McCrath.

The City of Grandville issues resolution to encourage the reinvestment of state surplus funds in local government.  Click here to view.

Grand Valley Metro Council to Host Metropolitan Transportation Plan Development Open Houses Monday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. click here for more information


Join us on Thursday, February 20, at the Metro Health Conference Center, 2225 Main St., Wyoming (on the campus of Metro Health) for the GVMC Quarterly Luncheon.  Mike Faas of Metro Health will speak on 2014:  Healthcare Strategies and Implications for West Michigan. Register below with credit card or PayPal account.  Click here for brochure.

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GVMC Welcomes New Members - At the December 5th Board Meeting, the Metro Council was extremely pleased to officially swear in representatives for two new GVMC member communities: Roger Towsley, of the Village of Sand Lake; and George Haga, of Ada Township.  Also taking the Oath of Office were Steve Kepley of Kentwood; Steve Maas of Grandville; and Mark Huizenga of Walker.

Additionally, GVMC unanimously approved the request by Lowell Township to become a Metro Council member.

EMS Consortium Partnership - At the December 5th GVMC Board Meeting, Rich Houtteman updated the Council on the progress of the EMS Consortium Partnership of Kent County. 

Click here to view the presentation.

GVMC Board Members are invited to the first ever Meet the MLive Journalists night, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 20, at the MLive Grand Rapids hub, 169 Monroe Ave. NW.  Matt Vande Bunte will be here along with police reporter Angie Jackson, courts reporter Bart Deiters and the MLive/Grand Rapids Press editorial board. Food and refreshments will be served

The December 5th GVMC Board Meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the East Grand Rapids Community Center, 750 Lakeside Drive, East Grand Rapids, MI.

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council applies for the Governor’s Regional Prosperity Initiative Grant.  Grand Valley Metropolitan Council is very pleased to submit this grant application on behalf of the 13 county West Michigan Prosperity Alliance.  We appreciate the work of our partners and over 90 organizations that have endorsed our application.  We look forward to the opportunity to begin this critical project to enhance communication, collaboration, and cooperation in our region. 

GVMC Executive Director, John Weiss; Al Vanderberg, Ottawa County Administrator; and Rick Chapla (The Right Place) gave a presentation  on the Governor’s Regional Prosperity Initiative at the October 3 GVMC Board Meeting.  Click here to view presentation.

New Director of Environmental Programs
GVMC is very pleased to announce that Wendy Ogilvie, LEED AP ND, has recently joined GVMC as Director of Environmental Programs.  Ms. Ogilvie has been affiliated with GVMC and its environmental programs for over 13 years. She has been responsible for the complete administration of the 23 community NPDES Municipal Storm Water Permit Consortium serving Kent and Ottawa Counties. She has also been an active member of GVMC’s Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW) and was instrumental in authoring and coordinating the Lower Grand River Watershed Management Plan.  In addition to her leadership with environmental programs within the GVMC/LGROW Region, Wendy has also held leadership positions serving governmental agencies and citizen groups in Berrien, Cass, Calhoun, Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Huron and Van Buren
Counties. She has significant experience with environmental agencies at all levels of government including the MDNR, MDEQ and EPA.

Wendy has a B.S. from the University of Michigan and an M.S. from Michigan State University. She also received the “2013 Outstanding Environment Consultant” award from the Michigan Water Environmental Association.

To read feature story written by Wendy Ogilvie, Director of Environmental Programs, click here.

GVMC Executive Director presented an update of GVMC activities to the Kent County Commission September 12, 2013. Click here for presentation


Mayor Jim Buck to Be Honored at GVMC Breakfast With Special Guest Senator Carl Levin!
After 41 years of service to the City of Grandville and 18 years as Chairman of Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, Jim Buck will retire after the November election.  Jim  has served as mayor for 28 years and prior to that he was a member of the City Council for 13  years.   

Our speaker and special guest for the breakfast will be United States Senator Carl Levin.  Senator Levin has also announced his decision to retire at the end of his term.    Senator Levin was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978. Prior to that he was a member of the Detroit City Council and served as general counsel to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission during the turbulent early 1960s.  Senator Levin is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Committee on Investigations.  At the end of his term he will have over 50 years of public service.

Together our two guests have served the public for 90 years.  We invite you to join GVMC, business leaders, and members of our community for this special breakfast meeting honoring public service and these two dedicated public servants.

Monday November 4, 2013
GVSU Seidman School of Business
$20.00 Per Person
8:00-9:30 am
Seating will be open at 7:30 am
Registration Closed – Event is at Capacity

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Safe Route 2 School - A Safe Routes to School (SR2S) regional training session was held on Wednesday, August 28 at the Grand Rapids Township Hall. April Morrison-Harke and Adrianna Jordan from the Michigan Fitness Foundation led the training, which was geared toward Michigan principals, school transportation supervisors, planners, road authorities, and Safe Routes to School champions. Those in attendance learned how to develop SR2S education, encouragement, enforcement and engineering programs; how to build a strong SR2S planning team; how to conduct an effective walking audit; and how to develop a SR2S action plan. Funding application requirements were also covered. The training session was sponsored by GVMC, MDOT, and the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

For more information on SR2S or to view training materials, please click here.

FY2014-2017 TIP Development Update - The FY2014 – 2017 Transportation Improvement Program was approved by the Grand Valley Metro Council Board on 6/6/13. The next step in the approval process will be for GVMC to prepare and send six copies of the entire document to the Michigan Department of Transportation for their review and approval. Once comments and corrections have been completed, the Michigan Department of Transportation will prepare and send the documents to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for approval. All approvals are scheduled to be complete sometime before the 1st of October, the first day of fiscal year (FY) 2014. At that time, the new document takes effect. If you have any questions or comments, please click here, or contact Darrell Robinson by phone at (616) 776-7609 or email

Kent County Commissioner Jim Saalfeld presented the final report of the Community Collaboration Work Group at the GVMC Board Meeting on June 6, 2013.  Click here to view the Presentation.

Click here to view the full report.

Draft FY2014 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Available - The draft UPWP, which includes the budget for all
federally assisted transportation planning activities that will be undertaken by the GVMC Transportation Division, the Interurban Transit Partnership (ITP), and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), is now available for review. For more information, please click here.

Grand Valley Metro Council Pavement Management Van Featured on WZZM 13 News and Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Grand Valley Metro Council is using a unique and efficient way to monitor road conditions in West Michigan.

To see the full article click here

GVMC hosted the second public meeting for the FY2014-2017 TIP - On Monday, April 29, Grand Valley Metropolitan Council held its second public meeting for the draft FY2014-2017 TIP. The purpose of this meeting was to solicit input on the entire FY2014-2017 TIP Document and to detail the findings of the Environment Justice Review GVMC performed on the FY2014-2017 list of projects.
The meeting itself featured an informative presentation on the TIP development process, the Environmental Justice review process with multiple maps of transportation projects provided as visual aids, and several staff members were in attendance to answer questions. To view the presentation from the meeting, please click here.

GVMC Holds Street Summit - Monday, April 8, a crowd of over 40 legislators, business representatives, local government officials, and media representatives convened at the Kent County Road Commission for a Street Summit.  The event was a joint endeavor by State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, Grand Valley Metro Council, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Kent County Road Commission, The Rapid, and local officials.  GVMC Executive Director, John Weiss, explained “The Summit’s intent is to bring into focus the deteriorating condition of area roads. In order for West Michigan to prosper, quality roads are imperative.  Rather than advocating for a particular funding method, the message we are sending is Just Fix the Roads.”  House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Chair and former City of Walker Mayor, Rob VerHeulen co-sponsored the event. 

The Summit kicked off at 9:30 a.m. at the Kent County Road Commission with presentations from Steve Warren, of the Kent County Road Commission, and Eric DeLong, Grand Rapids Deputy City Manager.  The conclave then embarked for a two-hour tour of the “Good, Bad, and Hardly Passable” of area roads during which business representatives stressed the importance of road condition for commerce.

The Summit wrapped up at 11:45 back at the road commission for a roundtable discussion and luncheon catered by Johnny Braan of Braan’s Kitchen 67. 

For additional media stores on the event see:


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Fox 17 News




TIP DEVELOPMENT UPDATE - On Tuesday, April 9, Grand Valley Metropolitan Council held its first public meeting for the draft FY2014-2017 TIP. The purpose of the meeting was to solicit input on the draft project lists for the FY2014-2017 TIP. Twenty-nine individuals attended the meeting, including an Introduction to Transportation Planning class from Grand Valley State University.

The meeting itself featured an informative presentation on the TIP development process, multiple maps of transportation projects provided as visual aids, and several staff members were in attendance to answer questions. To view the presentation from the meeting, please click here.

Additional $3.7 Million in Carryover Funding Received for Projects - MDOT recently informed Grand Valley Metropolitan Council that $3.7 million in carryover funding from previous years was available to the MPO for FY2013 projects.

To view the draft project list that is being proposed to be funded with this carryover balance, please click here. Please note that the project list includes projects moved forward from FY2014 from the FY2011-2014 TIP, projects moved from TIP illustrative lists into FY2013, and increases in project length and cost.

For additional information, or if you wish to comment on this project list, please contact Darrell Robinson by phone (616.776.7609), email, or mail comments to GVMC’s office (678 Front Ave. NW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49504). To fill out a comment form electronically, please click here. To download a copy of our comment form, please click here. Comments will be received through Wednesday, April 24.

The Transportation Programming Study Group will meet in the near future to determine a project list for FY2014, should additional funding become available.

At the February 7 GVMC Board Meeting, Metro Council staff gave the FY 2011/2012 Annual Report Presentation and reviewed the Financial Audit. 
To view the FY 2011/2012 Annual Report, click here.
To view the Financial Audit, click here.

Legislative Update on PPT Reform.  Our work continues……..(click here)

City-County Consolidations: Promises Made, Promises Kept? (click here) Professor Kurt Thurmaier, Division of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University

Grand River Sediment Survey - NTH Consultants, Ltd. (NTH) has prepared this Phase II environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Report on an approximately 1.5-mile long stretch of the Grand River immediately north of the 4th  Street dam. The Phase II ESA was conducted on behalf of the Grand Rapids Whitewater Association. The Phase II ESA was performed under the Brownfield Assessment Grant that the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC) received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Click here to view the full report.

2035 Michigan Transportation Plan Revision – help drive Michigan’s Transportation Future! From 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14 at the Grand Rapids MDOT Transportation Service Center (2660 Leonard St., NE) the Michigan Dept. of Transportation will be holding a public meeting to gain input to help revise its long-range plan. The open house will feature a brief presentation at 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Click here for more information.

Lt. Governor Attends GVMC Board and Quarterly Meeting

Brian Calley, Michigan's Lt. Governor attended the GVMC Board Meeting and Quarterly Luncheon on July 9th.  Speaking first in a casual conversation with the Board of Directors, Calley outlined the administration's goals for future and outlined key issues impacting our state.  Board members asked questions on a variety of topics including the new International Bridge, new state fireworks law and the personal property tax.

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GVMC Board Meetings can be seen on GRTV Charter Communications Channel 24 the second Tuesday and Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Plus, starting November 17th on Rogueview Community TV (RCTV) Charter Communications Channel 22 on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.