Holland's Waterfront is the current creative conversation in Holland. Besides working hard with Project Clarity to clean up Lake Macatawa, we are excited to dream about the future of the 16 acres that used to be our coal burning power plant. On site tours this fall were followed by vision charrettes to garner principles. This April and May, we continue with large scale charrettes, brainstorming sessions to garner ideas. Much will be determined about our waterfront in the next couple years. We need to stay on course and navigate these waters carefully to present the very best for Holland Harbor long term.
Another enviable problem in the Holland area is the abundance of jobs without enough job-seekers. We need to tell our story. Just as Governor Snyder advocated for Michigan businesses to supply each other to raise all of their profitability, we need to connect our future workers with our businesses. That's exactly what we did in connecting Lakeshore Advantage, Holland Youth Advisory Council, and area businesses with regional high school students at the Mayor's Round Table. It was a great night of employers learning from the students and students realizing the breadth and depth of the amazing businesses in this area. Everyone left with a story to tell. Marketing our quality of life, including the heart of our philanthropic, community-minded businesses is another major factor for attracting talent to the Holland area. Together, we can figure this out.