Archive for July, 2009

Clean Transportation Awards Nominations Accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 Michigan Clean Transportation Awards. Nominations are due by September 7 and can be made in 10 categories. 

WMSA is hoping this year’s winners will represent West Michigan well!


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In case you missed it, the Tesla Roadster, an electric zero-emission automobile was in West Michigan on July 20. The concept car gives an exciting glimpse of the possibilities for an alternative fuel future.

The visit to West Michigan was sponsored by the West Michigan Clean Cities Coalition (WMC3), an initiative of the West Michigan Strategic Alliance with technical support from Sustainable Research Group. West Michigan was one of many stops for the car as part of a national tour called the Renew America Roadtrip.

You can see images and read more about the Tesla and alternative fueled vehicles in some of the local media coverage, including WZZM TV 13 and MiBiz Sustainability section.

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Students do internships to learn in a hands-on way about their chosen career. It’s a form of job training. 

But one of the things we’ve learned in our Internship Initiative is that employers want training too–to learn how to set up an internship program, how to recruit and manage interns, and more.

Now, WMSA is responding with just that sort of training. Learn more if you want to improve your internship program or have questions about starting one.

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WMSA’s Regional Indicators Initiative is an effort  to measure West Michigan and compare  it to other regions. Data collected so far has given us a good benchmark of the region. 

Now, WMSA and various partners are working not just to see where we are but to set goals for where we want to be in 5 years by setting regional achievement targets. Let us know if you want to be involved in the process.

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Green infrastructure is a tricky concept, and even if you understand the term, accomplishing tasks associated with the effort can be a challenge.

That’s why WMSA is offering a green infrastructure “tool shed” in August. It will help planners and business owners with documents, web-based assistance and other tools as they work toward the goals of green infrastructure.

Before the tool shed is launched, you have an opportunity to provide input. Learn more about the effort in this overview from Green Infrastructure Project Manager Ken Freestone.

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WMSA along with the Detroit Regional Chamber and other partners won a Midwest Collaboration Award for working together to launch the InterninMichigan.com Web site.

You can read more about it in a press release from Media Genesis, the Troy, Michigan Web development firm that worked on the project.

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