Landfill Management Company and Granger Power Thousands of Homes with Renewable Energy Officials from Landfill Management Company and Granger hosted an open house Thursday, Aug. 15 for a generating plant that will provide green energy to many homes and businesses in Michigan. Congressman Fred Upton, Watervliet Township Supervisor Dan Hutchins, Dan Batts, Manager of Orchard Hill Landfill and Granger Chief Executive Officer Keith Granger were on hand to celebrate the successful launch of the renewable energy project. “Landfills have long been valuable resources as safe repositories for the waste we all generate. Now, they are an even greater resource as we tap into the energy potential of trash. Granger is proud to be a leader in collecting tomorrow’s energy,” said Keith Granger. In May 2012, ground was broken for this landfill gas-to-electricity project. The development of the Orchard Hill Generating Station is now complete, with a generating capacity of 3.2 megawatts of electricity, which is being sold via Michigan Public Power Agency. The annual reduction of greenhouse gases attributable to this project is approximately the same as emissions from more than 26,504 passenger vehicles, the carbon dioxide emissions from nearly 15,153,577 gallons of gasoline consumed or the carbon sequestered by more than 28,821 acres of pine or fir forests. In addition, annual energy savings equate to powering nearly 2,000 average homes. “Landfill Management Company recognizes the benefits of utilizing landfill gas to produce renewable energy. We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Granger to make this a reality at Orchard Hill Landfill,” said Orchard Hill Landfill Manager Dan Batts. PNC Volunteers Earn $3,000 for Kidtime Child Development Center Kidtime Child Development Center has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the PNC Foundation thanks to employees from PNC’s Edgewood Branch, who earned the grant by volunteering through the PNC Grants for Great Hours program. PNC provided the funding in support of Grow Up Great, its $350 million multi-year bilingual program in early childhood education. PNC employees who volunteer 40 hours or more at a qualified early childhood education center can earn a $1,000 grant for that center through the Grants for Great Hours program. A team of two to three employees who volunteer for 60 hours collectively can earn a $1,500 grant, and four to 10 employees who volunteer for 100 hours collectively can earn a $3,000 grant for their center. In 2012 PNC volunteers earned more than $400,000 for early childhood education centers through the Grants for Great Hours program. The 175 total individual and team grants nearly triples the total number of grants earned in 2011. Davenport Hosts Ribbon Cutting at New Downtown Lansing Location Davenport University celebrated the opening of their new downtown Lansing campus on Thursday, Aug. 22 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new 50,000 square-foot facility is located at 200 S. Grand Ave., and includes 27 teaching spaces, administrative offices, six labs with interactive writing walls and more. Community members, business supporters and more attended the ribbon cutting, which was followed by self-guided tours and an open house. Capitol National Bank Executive Ronda Thompson Honored With Rotary Leadership Award Ronda Thompson, vice president of business development at Capitol National Bank, was recently honored with the Outstanding Community Business Leadership Award from the Rotary Club of Haslett-Okemos. The annual award goes to a past officer of the Haslett-Okemos Rotary Club who also displays leadership qualities in business and the community. Thompson has worked for Capitol National Bank for 28 years. She was first manager of the bank’s Meridian Office and was a commercial lender prior to taking on her current management role as Capitol Nation Bank’s business development officer. She is also in charge of community relations and advertising for the bank. A member of the Haslett-Okemos Rotary Club since 1992, Thompson was the club’s president in 2001 and remains involved in various club fundraisers and member events. She is currently a member of the Mildred Erickson Scholarship Board and the Athena PowerLink Governing Board. MSUFCU Announces Two New Assistant Vice Presidents of Branch Operations Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is proud to announce the promotions of DeAnne M. Ramos and Kelly Showerman to the newly-created positions of Assistant Vice Presidents of Branch Operations. McPharlin commented, “The promotions of Ms. Ramos and Ms. Showerman as MSUFCU’s new Assistant Vice Presidents of Branch Operations will help the Credit Union provide MSUFCU members with superior products and services at our 12 branches, while continuing to provide the excellent service our members deserve.” Ramos has been with MSUFCU since February of 1997, most recently holding the position of Manager at MSUFCU’s Meridian Branch. She received a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in accounting from Michigan State University and a masters of business administration (MBA) degree from Northwood University. Showerman has worked at MSUFCU since March 2007, and completed MSUFCU’s Management Development Program before holding her most recent position as Manager at MSUFCU’s Farm Lane Branch. She received a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in psychology from Michigan State University.