The greater Holland–Zeeland area is a special community that has enjoyed a successful past, a strong local economy and a uniquely desirable quality of life. A combination of global forces has fundamentally changed the effectiveness of area business models and the way we must approach our future, both nationally and locally….
We embrace the collective West Michigan vision: To be the best place to live, learn, work and play. Communities make the best decisions regarding the deployment of scarce talent and resources to maximize community well-being and sustainability when stakeholders first agree on a set of shared values….
Government, business and institutions look at the community through different lenses, have different views of risk and make decisions in different ways. When addressing difficult and complex community issues, three-sector participation is the most effective organizational model….
Successful strategy execution depends in part on a broader understanding of interdependencies. These three priorities are interdependent and complementary to each other. Successful implementation of initiatives in one area provides benefits and momentum in each of the others. Read more »
We must seek out and aggressively support diverse economic development opportunities that will increase business revenue and profits, as the fastest way to grow jobs and restore government and non-profit revenues required to provide services and amenities that are essential to our quality of life.
To excel at innovation that continuously improves the value of the products and services offered by our community, we need a superior talent pool to support our key industry clusters, our governments and non-profit institutions.
This can only be done through a willingness to invest in education and talent development systems that are recognized both inside and outside of our community as global best practice.
Our government organizations provide essential services that contribute to the superior quality of life in the Holland–Zeeland area. This quality of life plays an important role in attracting and retaining talent, new employers and business investment.