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My Town: Job outlook for the area largely positive

My Town: Job outlook for the area largely positive

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Despite the harsh winter, businesses in West Michigan added 9,500 jobs during the first quarter of 2014.

That’s according to a newly released report by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Analysts found employment in West Michigan’s six metropolitan areas jumped 1.1 percent.    The biggest increases were reported in manufacturing and private service sectors.   

In the Grand Rapids-Wyoming area, employers added 7,200 jobs in the first quarter, driving down the area’s unemployment rate to 5.8 percent.   Analysts say there was solid growth across all sectors, and they expect the job market to remain strong in the coming months.

My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new gymnastics facility

My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new gymnastics facility

WYOMING, Mich.—Construction is underway on a new gymnastics center for children in Wyoming.

The Vance family and staff members celebrated the groundbreaking of For The Kidz Gymnastics’ new facility on May 27.  The $1.5 million center will include 28,000 square feet of space-- roughly double the size of the current facility at 5690 Burlingame Ave. SW, which Alisa Vance opened in 2005.

“We’ve grown to capacity at our current location and the new center will allow us to expand our gymnastic equipment and the number of classes we can offer,” said Vance, who graduated from Cornerstone University with degrees in physical education and early childhood education.

My Town: Gordmans to open in Wyoming July 17

My Town: Gordmans to open in Wyoming July 17

WYOMING, Mich.--  The date is set for the grand opening of Wyoming's newest store.

Gordmans will open its doors to customers at 9 a.m. on July 17.  The new 50,000-square-foot store sits next to The Home Depot in the Wilsontown Shopping Center, off Wilson Avenue.  The new retailer is expected to employ 100 people. Those interested may apply in person now through May 30 at Michigan Works, 121 Franklin SE, Suite 120 in Grand Rapids.

Gordmans will hold a grand opening celebration July 25-27. The Wyoming store is one of six Gordmans stores opening in the country this year. The discount department store opened its first West Michigan store in Norton Shores in March. 

My Town: Wedgwood Honors Avila with Diversity Award

My Town: Wedgwood Honors Avila with Diversity Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  Varnum attorney Luis Avila was presented with a Diversity Award given by Wedgwood Christian Services at a celebration on May 14 at the Wedgwood Nagel Conference Chapel.

Avila, a labor and employment attorney with a focus on traditional labor and employment litigation, is currently serving Wedgwood Christian Services as a board member.

"As an agency, we take the time out to recognize and celebrate with those individuals who share in our vision for diversity," stated Diversity Coordinator Pastor Arlan Palmer in a letter acknowledging the award.

Prior to joining Varnum, Avila worked at the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights in Switzerland, the Centre for Advice on Individual rights in Europe, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and the Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights project in Arizona.

My Town: Gordmans interviewing for new store in Wyoming

My Town: Gordmans interviewing for new store in Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich.--  Gordmans is looking to hire 100 employees for its newest store in Wyoming.

Construction is still underway on the facility, which sits next to The Home Depot, south of Rivertown Crossings Mall.  The Nebraska-based retailer will begin hold interviews May 19-30 at the southeast Grand Rapids Michigan Works Service Center, 121 Franklin SE.

The Wyoming store is one of six Gordmans stores opening in the country this year. The discount department store opened its first West Michigan store in Norton Shores in March. 

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Approximately 90 businesses will be looking for employees during the Muskegon Veterans Job Fair this Friday, May 16.

The hiring event will take place on the U.S.S. LST 393 Veterans Museum Ship, docked at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon.  This is the third year for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job openings range from engineering to grocery store cashiers.  Participating businesses include:

My Town: Gordmans hiring for new store in Wyoming

My Town: Gordmans hiring for new store in Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich.--  Gordmans is looking to hire 100 employees for its newest store in Wyoming.

Construction is still underway on the facility, which sits next to The Home Depot, south of Rivertown Crossings Mall.  The Nebraska-based retailer is now accepting applications through its website.  Interviews will take place May 19-30 at the southeast Grand Rapids Michigan Works Service Center, 121 Franklin SE.

The Wyoming store is one of six Gordmans stores opening in the country this year. The discount department store opened its first West Michigan store in Norton Shores in March.