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Firework Ordinances - As part of GVMC’s ongoing focus on its strategic initiatives, we will be adding a page dedicated to the emerging issue of fireworks ordinances.  Member communities are encouraged to forward ordinances they have adopted to be shared with all members via our web site.  The new page button will be on the front page in the left margin.  You may also access the page by clicking here.


WGVU Interview with GVMC Grand Valley Metro Council's executive director John Weiss and Walker Mayor Rob VerHeulen.


Metro Council Hosts Meeting With State Senators Mark Jansen and David Hildenbrand to Discuss Personal Property Tax Reform. Click here to read the full article.


GVMC Hosts Sessions on Governor Snyder’s Plan to Finance Michigan’s Roads and Bridges

Focusing on the emerging issue of deterioration of our infrastructure, GVMC this week hosted over 50 leaders from our region in meetings with MDOT and the Michigan Transportation Team. Attendees included mayors, city managers, road commission representatives, township elected officials and public works leaders representing local governments from four different counties. Also attending were representatives of The Right Place, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and the West Michigan Policy Forum. Scott Greenlee from  the MTT discussed the $1.4 billion problem with Michigan’s roads and bridges. For example, of the 10,928 bridges in our state, 1,437 of them are judged to be structurally deficient. He also informed the groups about Governor Snyder’s plan of future funding and received a great deal of feedback from participants. Thank you to all who attended and for providing your honest opinions.


Weiss Bridges Public, Private Sectors in Leading GVMC - Executive Director John Weiss featured in MiBiz article. click here for the full article


GVMC Board Passes Resolution of Support for the City of New Buffalo’s TIGER 4 Grant. Click here for more.

Upgrades to Amtrak’s Pere Marquette line between Grand Rapids and Chicago could be in the works thanks to a collaborative effort to net millions in highly competitive federal funding. Click here for mlive article Map of Amtrack Upgrades. Click here for Map


GVMC Transportaion Planned Projects For 2012 Construction Season - for detailed map and project list click here.


A New Direction
Recently Appointed Executive Director John Weiss Presents Strategic Initiatives to GVMC Board

In his first Board Meeting, Newly Appointed Executive Director John Weiss outlined the new strategic direction for the Metro Council.
GVMC will focus on five strategic initiatives, which include:

  • Managing Emerging Issues
  • Encouraging Collaborative Issues
  • Coordinating A Region-Wide Training Exchange
  • Nurturing a Regional Economic Development Partnership
  • Planning for Sustainable Communities

Please also forward this invitation to all of your Board, Commission and Council Members

GVMC Quarterly Luncheon
Monday • July 9, 2012 • 12:00 Noon
Prince Conference Center – Calvin College
1800 East Beltline, SE.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Featuring
Michigan Lt. Governor
Brian Calley

 

As America’s youngest Lieutenant Governor, Brian Calley is transforming Michigan’s second highest office to get real results for real people.  For too long Michigan has been held back by trivial politics and divisiveness. Governor Snyder and Lt. Governor Calley are committed to renewing our lost spirit of bipartisanship. In the Michigan House, Brian built a strong resume of working across the aisle, working with Republicans and Democrats to promote a fair and honest legislative process.

In 2006 Brian Calley was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives. He quickly became known for his intricate understanding about Michigan’s tax system and became the ranking Republican on the House Tax Policy committee. As Michigan’s 61st Lieutenant Governor, he continues this long-time advocacy for taxpayers through working toward an environment where innovation can thrive. As President of the Senate, Brian cast the decisive tie breaking vote that overhauled a tax code making Michigan competitive again. Brian holds a bachelor of business administration from Michigan State University, a MBA from Grand Valley State University and was recently named “Young Michigander of the Year” by the Michigan Jaycees. Some additional recognitions include the SBAM “Legislator of the Year”, the Michigan Physician’s Association “Good Public Policy Award”, the Michigan Bankers Association’s “Economic Impact Award” and Portland “Citizen of the Year.”

The cost of the luncheon is $25.
RSVP 776-7613 or mccrathg@gvmc.org by July 2, 2012.

When making a reservation, you will be held responsible for payment unless the reservation is cancelled at least 24 hours prior to luncheon date.


GVMC Hosts Sessions on Governor Snyder’s Plan to Finance Michigan’s Roads and Bridges

Focusing on the emerging issue of deterioration of our infrastructure, GVMC this week hosted over 50 leaders from our region in meetings with MDOT and the Michigan Transportation Team. Attendees included mayors, city managers, road commission representatives, township elected officials and public works leaders representing local governments from four different counties. Also attending were representatives of The Right Place, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and the West Michigan Policy Forum. Scott Greenlee from  the MTT discussed the $1.4 billion problem with Michigan’s roads and bridges. For example, of the 10,928 bridges in our state, 1,437 of them are judged to be structurally deficient. He also informed the groups about Governor Snyder’s plan of future funding and received a great deal of feedback from participants. Thank you to all who attended and for providing your honest opinions.



GVMC Board Members Learn that the County-Wide Emergency Response System Operates Effectively, But Could Be Improved
The county-wide emergency medical response system in Kent County is a good system that is operating efficiently, but it could be improved for very little cost to taxpayers.  That’s the message that Board members of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council heard on Thursday December 1, 2011 from Mic Gunderson, president of Florida-based Integral Performance Solutions, LLC (IPS), who presented the results his company’s recent analysis of the entire emergency response system that serves residents of all communities in Kent County. 

The IPS study provides a comprehensive evaluation of the design, performance and cost of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system in Kent County. The study extends from the 9-1–1 communications and ambulance dispatch centers through medical first response, ambulance transport, and into the hospital emergency department and acute specialty care centers for heart attacks, strokes and trauma. It examines the overall systems of care that transcend individual EMS providers and hospitals. The IPS analysis highlights specific issues and offers recommendations for changes in system governance, standards, accountability and enforcement. It calls for a re-examination of ambulance service designation issues as well as the types of calls that Medical First Responder (MFR) units are, and are not, sent on.

Because of the sweeping nature of the IPS analysis, and the fact everyone who lives, works and plays in Kent County is impacted by the speedy and efficient delivery emergency medical services, Metro Council invited officials from all Kent County communities – including non-Metro Council members – to participate in the briefing. 

The entire 76-page study report on the county-wide emergency medical response system in Kent County is available for viewing and downloads by clicking here

The PowerPoint presentation that was presented to the GVMC Board by IPS President Mic Gunderson can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here.

The Grand Rapids Press
story on Mr. Gunderson’s presentation can be accessed by clicking here.

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    The Grand Valley Metro Council, together with other local officials from communities throughout Kent County, listens as Mic Gunderson, President of IPS, LLC unveils the results of a comprehensive study of emergency medical response services available to residents of all communities in Kent County.

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    Mic Gunderson, who was recently appointed Executive Director of Kent County Emergency Medical Services, Inc., tells GVMC Board members and guests that the county-wide system governing emergency medical response activities operates efficiently, but could be improved at little to no cost to taxpayers.

 

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Phone: (616) 77-METRO (776-3876)• Fax: (616) 774-9292