Local officials visit Lansing to pitch collaborative efforts

Collaboration was key during a Northwest Ottawa County contingency's visit to Lansing on Wednesday. Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis said the idea for the trip stemmed from Grand Haven City Council members wanting to make the trip to see state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township; and state Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive.
Alex Doty
Apr 15, 2011


During the visit, representatives from Spring Lake, Spring Lake Township, the cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg, and the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven-Spring Lake-Ferrysburg visited with Price and Meekhof, as well as a member of Gov. Rick Snyder’s executive office.

With the main topic of discussion being about collaboration, Ottawa County’s elected officials said they were hopeful that local communities could work together in the coming years on a variety of services.

On the way down, we had already hit on three different (collaborative ideas) in our car,” McGinnis said.

said he was hopeful that collaboration could take place in small “baby steps,” and building momentum into larger things.

“The small victories help you get to the larger ones,” the senator said.

Grand Haven Mayor Roger Bergman said it’s possible and important to share services while not losing the community’s identity, and doing smaller-scale items would realize that goal.

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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