Health Department Vaccine Distribution Process Employer Information 

Vaccines will be distributed in a phased process through the local health departments, and they need your input. A survey is coming soon from Ottawa and Allegan counties to understand which employers may have critical infrastructure workers, and their capabilities to administer vaccine at the worksite. Learn more about the process HERE
Additional Vaccine and COVID-19 Legal Resources:
  • VARNUM shares nine things employers should know about the COVID-19 vaccine in THIS BLOG
  • Barnes & Thornburg provides legal insight into insurance, labor and employment and vaccine policy and upcoming webinars in THIS E-NEWSLETTER.   
Tune in on Friday, January 29 at 8:30 AM for a Lakeshore Advantage briefing on top 2020 business stories, our latest business intelligence data, and a preview on the year ahead.
Register for the virtual Annual Investor Briefing

Hudsonville Ice Cream & Perrigo Expand in Holland

This is the second expansion for each of these companies along the Lakeshore this year. 
Hudsonville Ice Cream 
150k sq ft cold storage and manufacturing capacity
45+ new jobs, starting pay $20/hour
Perrigo Company
357k sq ft distribution center

$13m investment, 40 new jobs
2020 has been an unusual year for business expansions, but dirt is moving in West Michigan. Read an economic developer's perspective on the year's expansion projects HERE. 
Katie DeGroff, left and Kelsey Sivertson, right, pictured at a Lakeshore Advantage Investor strategy session this summer. Katie and Kelsey are featured in the article as recipients of the Futures for Frontliners scholarship. 

Futures for Frontliners Scholarship Application Closes 12/31 

Futures for Frontliners provides Michigan community college scholarships to individuals without degrees who worked in essential industries during the COVID-19 crisis this past spring. Application closes 12/31/2020. Read THIS ARTICLE that includes an interview with Dr. Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College, about how while this program is increasing access and affordability to higher education, recipients in Allegan and Ottawa counties still must cover the cost difference for out-of-district community college tuition.   
Brian Pageau discusses beginner's mindset, competitive greatness and sustainability in a stakeholder driven economy. READ MORE

Recent Bright Spots and News of Note

Celebrating what makes West Michigan a great place to live, work, learn, grow and start a business. 

Good Reads for Local Leaders, Written by Local Leaders

Rodger Price, founder and managing partner of Leading by Design, shares two key concepts for leading through and seeing beyond times of crisis in his recent blog post.  
Scott Patchin, founder and owner of The trU Group, just released his book Truth at the Heart: How honesty, trust, and teamwork can transform your business, available on Amazon. 

Upcoming Events

The Michigan Defense Center helps grow Michigan's defense, defense aerospace and homeland security industries. Register for the upcoming Bid Targeting System and Grant Funding Info Sessions January 7 & 21 @ 11am.

Investor Bright Spots

Consumers Energy provided $500,000 to 55 chambers for small business support through their Our Town initiative.
Gentex and PayByCar partner to boost in-car contactless payment access
The City of Zeeland is seeking a developer to purchase and redevelop the cleared site at 3 E. Main.The City’s Vision Plan calls for a dynamic mixed-use building. RFQ is available at Proposals are due January 15, 2021.
Fifth Third Bank  commits $2.8 billion as part of its Executive Diversity Leadership Council's Accelerating Racial Equality, Equity and Inclusion initiative.

Thank You, City of Coopersville, for Your Increased Investment in Lakeshore Advantage. 

Lakeshore Advantage investor support positively impacts the region's economic health.  Contact Beth Blanton at to learn more. 
This news and events update was sent to you as a service of Lakeshore Advantage. We send communications on a regular basis to keep you up-to-date on information that may be helpful to you as a West Michigan primary employer. Please direct questions, comments and future submissions to Emily Staley at

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