Good News January 2012

Lansing Art Gallery Receives $56,800 in Grant Funding for Sense of Place in the Arts Grant The Lansing Art Gallery recently received the Sense of Place in the Arts Grant with support of the City of Lansing Arts & Cultural Grant Program funded through the Lansing Economic Development Corporation and administered by Lansing Area Partnership (LEAP) with assistance from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. The grant award will assist the Gallery in providing an outdoor exhibit: Sculptures in the Park. Lansing Art Gallery’s Sculptures in the Park will be held June 1 – Aug. 30, 2013.The Gallery will commission site-specific artworks (7 – 10) created by regional artists to be installed at historic Wentworth Park. Moss Named Alzheimer’s Association Volunteer of the Year  The Alzheimer’s Association Great Lakes Chapter recently named Victoria Moss volunteer of the year. Moss is a community relations specialist for SouthernCare Hospice in Lansing and the surrounding area. She lives in Leslie. MSUFCU Awards $25,000 T Local Entrepreneurs As Part of its StartUP Challenge Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has announced the winning entrepreneurs for the MSUFCU startUP Challenge: Phil Threadgould and Andy Bentz, the founders of CrowdLanding, an information site and aggregating web application for the equity crowdfunding industry. The startUP Challenge provided the opportunity for entrepreneurs to start their businesses in the tri-county area: Ingham, Clinton and Eaton Counties. As the winners of the startUP challenge, Threadgould and Bentz were awarded $25,000 to jump-start CrowdLanding. MSUFCU also recently introduced the startUP Loan Fund. Entrepreneurs in the tri-county area may now apply for loans up to $15,000 to aid in the development of their businesses. Additional information about CrowdLanding is available at   AL!VE Expansion Adds Fitness CEnter, Children’s Recreation Area and Conference Space  AL!VE, the experience-based, destination health park in Charlotte has expanded its facilities, programming and hours; increasing the services and experiences offered to the mid-Michigan community. The 20,000-square-foot expansion opened Monday, Dec. 10, and it took approximately 10 months to complete. Construction began in March 2012 and 90 percent was completed using vendors and labor within a 50 mile radius of AL!VE. AL!VE is open to all mid-Michigan residents with no entry fees or membership requirements. It includes Nourish, a healthy eating café; Journey, a women’s health center; Empower, rehabilitation services; Bridge, a transitional workout space; Relish, a demonstration teaching kitchen; Fuse, spa services, and Soar, a multi-purpose gym. The opening of the expansion adds: Move, offering state-of-the-art fitness equipment and facilities. Grow, the recreation and development area for children ages 6 months to 12 years. Gather is conference space featuring its own separate entrance, a board room and two additional meeting rooms. Explore, the indoor walking path, which nearly doubles in size from 1/16 of a mile to 1/9 of a mile. There are no entry fees for AL!VE, and there are several free activities. AL!VE is located at 800 W. Lawrence Ave., in Charlotte.For more info visit Independent Bank Announces New Community Banking Vice Presidents and Banking Office Managers  Independent Bank announced that it has appointed eight associates to serve as vice presidents of community banking and promoted 12 associates to serve as banking office managers within its west region. The following associates will serve as vice presidents of community banking: Garrett Bensinger for the Olivet, Charlotte, Bellevue, Eaton Rapids, Potterville and Vermontville offices Sue Fulk for the Leslie, Pleasant Lake and Mason offices Dan Kreft for the Okemos, East Lansing, Williamston and Portland offices Colleen Michels for the Muskegon, Grand Rapids Alpine, Standale and Sparta offices Kelli Rose for the Grand Rapids offices of Plainfield, East Beltline, Monroe Center and Cascade Jim Badgero for the Newaygo, Croton, White Cloud and Big Rapids offices Amber Behrendt for the Rockford, Howard City, Sand Lake and Cedar Springs offices Jennifer Meyers for the offices of Ionia Main, South Ionia, Ionia Point, Belding, Saranac and Carson City The following associates have been promoted to serve as banking office managers: Karen Saltzman – Olivet office Pam Beegle – Leslie office Kelly Strauss – Okemos office Erika Hoppes – Williamston office Debra Urban – Grand Rapids, Plainfield office Diane Joppie – Grand Rapids, East Beltline office Sara Archer – Downtown Grand Rapids, Monroe Center office Melody Polasek – Comstock Park, Alpine office Rhonda Buter – Newaygo office Elizabeth Rose – Rockford office Brian Campbell – Howard City office Kelly Adame – Belding office

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