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
At the February 4 GVMC Board Meeting Tim McLean - City of Wayland; Deb Diepenhorst - Cannon Township; and Rosalynn Bliss - City of Grand Rapids, were sworn in as new representatives.
FY2014/15 Annual Report - On Thursday, February 4, Executive Director John Weiss and GVMC staff members gave the FY2014/15 Annual Report and Audit Review.
At the January 7th GVMC Board meeting, Kent County Clerk Mary Hollinrake administered the Oath of Office to four new Board of Directors representatives: Julius Suchy - Village of Sparta; Bruce Brown - City of Belding; Tom Noreen - Nelson Township; and Jim Holtvluwer - Ottawa County.
Development of the FY2017-2020 TIP—The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC) is pleased to announce that it will begin developing the FY2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in January, 2016. The TIP document will describe transportation projects from 2017-2020 within Kent and Eastern Ottawa Counties. Please click here for a map of deficient transportation facilities that will be considered for improvement during the TIP development process, and stay tuned for information on upcoming public meetings, public comment opportunities, and updates, which will be posted as they occur.
Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids for services and persons requesting translation or interpretation assistance should contact Andrea Faber by email or call (616) 776-7603.
Join us at noon on Wednesday, November 18, at the GVSU L. William Seidman Center, 50 Front Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI for the GVMC Quarterly Luncheon. Valerie Brader, Executive Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy, will be the Special Guest Speaker. Cost is $25 and reservations must be made by November 10.
The November 5 GVMC Board Meeting has been rescheduled to November 18, 11:00 a.m. at the DeVos Board Room of the GVSU L. William Seidman Center, 50 Front Ave.
Join us on Monday, September 14, at the GVSU L. William Seidman Center, 50 Front Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI for the GVMC Quarterly Breakfast. U.S. Senator Gary Peters will be the Special Guest. Cost is $20. RSVP by September 7th. Reservations Closed.
At the August 6 GVMC Board Meeting, Executive Director John Weiss previewed the proposed FY2015/16 GVMC Budget. A public hearing will be held on the proposed budget at the September 14 Board Meeting - 9:30 a.m. at the L. William Seidman Center of Grand Valley State University 50 Front Ave. SW. To view the proposed budget, click here.
Join us on Wednesday, August 12, at the GVSU L. William Seidman Center, 50 Front Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI for the GVMC Quarterly Luncheon. U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will be the Special Guest. Cost is $25. RSVP by August 3rd.
Lt. Governor Brian Calley Meets with the West Michigan Regional Prosperity Alliance. click here
to view the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan presentation, click here.
to view the Metropolitan Transportation Plan page, click here.
The GVMC Executive Director, John Weiss, discusses the Metropolitan Council on Muskegon Community College's Issues & Impacts show. Click here to view.
The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council will hold its annual Strategic Planning at the April 2, 2015 Board Meeting, 9:00 - noon, Byron Township Community Center, 2120 76th Street, Byron Center, MI 49315.
West Michigan Prosperity Alliance Announces Funding ForProjects of Regional Economic Importance
The West Michigan Prosperity Alliance (WMPA) is pleased to announce funding in the amount of
$230,250 for five projects of Significant Regional Economic Importance. Click here for complete news release
Tom Butcher, General Counsel of GVSU and GVMC representative, presented at the February 5 GVMC Board Meeting on HB4001 Changes to the Freedom of Information Act. Click here to view the presentation.
Diane Jones Kent County Commissioner and Matt McConnon Courtland Township Trustee were sworn in at the February 5 GVMC Board Meeting.
You’re Invited to Governor Snyder’s Economic & Education Summit. The cost for the summit is $200 plus hotel. Click here to register.
MEDAYP Opens the 2015 "Get Hired for a Day Program"
for Young Professionals Interested in an Economic Development Career
MEDA's Young Professionals group (MEDAYP) is seeking a dedicated group of Mentors and Mentees for its Get Hired for a Day Program. The program will be designed to allow Mentors to select or "hire" a young professional for a day, with the pairing based on shared interests.
Through the program, young professionals engaged in economic development will have the opportunity to spend time with a Mentor, networking and learning about the job market and economic development in Michigan. This volunteer program is intended to be mutually-beneficial and foster long-term relationships.
We are currently seeking Mentors!
Why Participate? Benefits of participating for the Mentor:
Renews enthusiasm for the Economic Development Profession
Obtain a greater understanding of the different challenges and barriers experienced with young professionals entering the Economic Development Profession
Enhances skills in coaching, counseling, listening and leadership
Demonstrates expertise and shares knowledge of the core economic development competencies
Helps identify and correct generational issues
Because it is our duty to help the next generational workforce!
Benefits of participating for the Mentee:
Gain some career development opportunities
Help take the first major step in the transition into a full-time career
Opportunity to share new and different perspectives
Be inspired to pursue a career in Economic Development
Gain a better understanding of what additional knowledge, skills or training is needed to pursue a career in Economic Development
Who Can Participate
Anyone with an active interest in an economic development career can participate. Typical candidates include - but are not limited to - college students or those in the early stages of their career in economic development that want a better feel for work in other areas of the industry.
How It Works January - mid-February: MEDA will collect one-day job postings from Mentors. February - March: Mentees can apply for the available positions. April - May: The MEDAYP Committee will match Mentors and Mentees and Mentors will begin to contact their matched Mentees. May - June: The one day "hiring" will take place. June - July: Some quick reporting is requested following completion.
Simpy call the MEDA office at 517-241-0011 and ask for Cassandra!
Michigan Stormwater Floodplain Association (MSFA) 2015 Conference
Radisson Hotel, Lansing
The MSFA promotes the common interest in floodplain and stormwater management, enhancing cooperation among various local, state, and federal government agencies, and to encourage the effective and innovative approaches to managing Michigan’s floodplain and stormwater management systems. The 28th annual conference will include topics like FEMA updates, flood insurance, 2014 flooding in Michigan and emergency response to the flooding, climate change, and much more. For information on the conference agenda and registration, please go to www.mifloodsconference.org.
March 11, 2015
Shoreline and Shallows Conference
Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership
MSU Kellogg Conference Center, East Lansing
The title of this year’s conference is “Challenges and Successes” and will feature a natural shoreline research and policy presentation by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. This year’s conference will also include two presentations on design considerations when planning for river bank versus lakeshore restoration. Guidance on costing out natural shoreline projects will be offered and speakers will explore subtle siting details that may be affecting two of the Certified Natural Shoreline Partnership demonstration sites. The DEQ is a co-sponsor of this event. More information is available online www.mishorelinepartnership.org. Early bird registration is $35.00 and includes lunch. Regular registration after February 25 is $45.00, including lunch. Walk-ins are accepted but lunch is not guaranteed. For further information, please contact: Lois Wolfson at email@example.com or 517-353-9222.
2015 Community P2 Grant Program
Enhancing Local and Regional Recycling Programs
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Participate in this webinar to learn more about the grant funding available through the 2015 Community P2 Grant Program for projects that enhance local or regional recycling programs and lead to increases in the statewide recycling rate. The purpose of this webinar is to educate attendees about the objective of the 2015 Community Pollution Prevention Program and to answer questions and assist the attendee in creating an organized, well written and relevant application that furthers the objectives of the program. This webinar is applicable to local and tribal governments, non-profit organizations, local health departments, municipalities, regional planning agencies or other organizations that are interested in enhancing their local or regional recycling programs with the overall objective of increasing the statewide recycling rate.
ACT NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT THE ZONING ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATE TRAINING!
The Land Policy Institute’s Planning & Zoning Center at Michigan State University is offering the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program in two locations in Jan-Feb, 2015. The certificate-based training is recommended for all new and current Zoning Administrators, along with private consultants and county planners who consult with local Zoning Administrators. There are eight modules included in each training program leading to a certificate of completion for those that pass an exam associated with each module. Each module is about three hours of instruction (24 hours total). Dates and locations include:
Three-Days-in-a-Row Training: Frankenmuth, MI
Tuesday-Thursday: January 20-22, 2015
Bavarian Inn Motor Lodge
Four Days of Training: Plainwell, MI
Tuesdays: January 27, and February 3, 10 and 17, 2015
Plainwell Community Center
Follow this link for additional information and to download a registration brochure http://www.pzcenter.msu.edu/news.php.
At the GVMC Board Meeting on September 4, 2014, Kelly Rossman of Rossman-Truscott presented to the group on the phenomenal success of the Proposal 1 campaign. Click here to view presentation.
2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Development - We Need Your Input! The Grand Valley Metro Council (GVMC) is in the process of developing a long range transportation plan for the greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area, and we would like your input about future transportation needs and priorities, including regional roadway condition, traffic congestion, transit availability, pedestrian paths, bicycle lanes, transportation safety, freight movement, air travel, and passenger rail service. For more information on these topics and how to submit comments, please click here.
M-50 Slide-In Bridge Animation - This animation explains how the M-50 slide-in bridge project in Kent County works. The new bridge will be constructed adjacent to the existing bridge and traffic will be diverted to the new bridge in its temporary location. The old structure will be demolished and the new bridge will be slid into place. Bridge slide technology greatly reduces the amount of time the bridge is out of service. M-50 will be closed and detoured for only two weekends (during demolition and during the slide), as opposed to a multiple-month closure typically associated with a traditional bridge replacement. For more information, click here.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE ZONING ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATE TRAINING!
The Land Policy Institute’s Planning & Zoning Center at Michigan State University is offering the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program in two locations in Jan-Feb, 2015. The certificate-based training is recommended for all new and current Zoning Administrators, along with private consultants and county planners who consult with local Zoning Administrators. Click here for more information.
Lowell Township Joins GVMC At our August Board Meeting, Jerry Hale, Supervisor of Lowell Township became the newest member of the GVMC Board of Directors. Jerry was sworn into office by GVMC Chairman Al Van-derberg.
We welcome Jerry to our Board of Directors and Lowell Township to membership in our organization. Lowell Township becomes the 36th member of GVMC.
MDOT seeks comment on its DBE participation goals - Pursuant to U.S. Department of Transportation regulations at 49 CFR § 26.45 titled “Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs,” MDOT seeks comment on its DBE participation goals for its FTA-funded bus transit and Metropolitan Planning Organization DBE program.
Interested persons are invited to comment on the current and proposed goal. Please click here for additional information, including dates and times for public meetings.
A main objective of the Regional Prosperity Grant, which GVMC is spearheading, is the identification of five projects that will affect our region (see map). If you would like to suggest a project, review the attached material and nominate any project you feel meets the criteria. All nominated projects will be considered. While sources of funding are not currently identified, this effort seeks to find projects that will impact West Michigan and help us to focus our efforts on a regional basis. We are looking for the “big idea” projects that will have significant impact on West Michigan and allow the region to prioritize and coalesce our efforts in the future. Completed forms can be forwarded directly to Dave Bee from the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission. Click here for Dave’s email
The Grand Valley Metro Council and Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce held a Road Summit on Friday, April 25. The event, hosted by Meijer, was attended by over 90 business leaders and government officials. Click here to see WZZM News item.
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.
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
The City of Grandville issues resolution to encourage the reinvestment of state surplus funds in local government.Click here to view.
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.
Partnership - At the December 5th GVMC Board Meeting, Rich
Houtteman updated the Council on the progress of the EMS Consortium
Partnership of Kent County.
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
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
To read feature story written by Wendy Ogilvie, Director of Environmental
GVMC Executive Director
presented an update of GVMC activities to the Kent County Commission September
12, 2013. Click
here for presentation
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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,
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
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
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
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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.