Energizing our future

We’re overjoyed to learn that an advanced battery research facility is coming to Ottawa County, courtesy of a $120 million partnership involving the U.S. Department of Energy.
Dec 20, 2012

This move, while costly, will undoubtedly mean new jobs and new energy to this county’s economy.

If someplace is going to get these federal dollars, it might as well be us. And it also should be Ottawa County at the forefront of research into alternative energies and improved technologies.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said such research centers are “further cementing Michigan’s global leadership role in the advanced battery industry.”

Indeed.

"Green" energy is important to the nation and the globe, and additional research into energy alternatives will prove invaluable as technology races forward.

Having such research performed here is also extremely important to Michigan. Long considered a major part of America’s Rust Belt, this state needs the extra boost.

While our state’s leaders and communities have worked hard to promote tourism, technology and education, much of America thinks of Detroit when they think of Michigan. The west coast of Michigan is far from Detroit in both appearance and attitude. Here, the real estate market has survived and technologies have thrived.

Innovation and re-imagination are key to our area’s success now and into the future. This new energy facility will further solidify West Michigan’s role in finding solutions for the nation and we’re glad to have it.

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