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My Town: Kent County forms Agri-Business Community Work Group
My Town: Kent County forms Agri-Business Community Work Group

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent County Board of Commissioners has formed a new group to help support, expand and attract agri-business to the county.

The Agri-Business Community Work Group is comprised of people from a range of agricultural, business and legislative backgrounds, located across the county.  Members include:

  • County Commissioners - Jim Saalfeld to serve as chair, Diane Jones, and Stan Ponstein
  • Two Township Officials/Supervisors, geographically distributed (e.g. north and south) - Steve Grimm, Cannon Township supervisor; Bryan Harrison, Caledonia Charter Township supervisor
  •  Representative of Economic Development Agency/The Right Place - Rick Chapla,  VP business development, The Right Place
  • Representative of Business Interests/Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce -Rick Baker   president, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Agri-business stakeholders, geographically distributed -Mimi Fritz, manager, Downtown Market; Bryan Posthumus, agri-business owner, Lowell & Grattan Townships; Ed Robinette, local agri-business, East County
  • Interested citizens, non-agri-business stakeholders - Patti Birkholtz, West Michigan regional director, League of Conservation Voters and past legislator in Lansing and in Allegan County; Bert Bleke, former K-12 administrator
  • Individuals with agri-business or economics academic background - Dr. Paul Isley, GVSU Dean of College of Economics
  • Representative of a Local Foundation or  Philanthropy - Steve Wilson, Frey Foundation

The group is expected to deliver its recommendations to the Kent County Board of Commissioners on or before May 1, 2015.