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Total closure: M-11, Kent County, March 26-27

Total closure: M-11, Kent County, March 26-27

Intermittent short-term total closures to install traffic signals will be used tonight (Monday) at 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, March 26) on M-11 (28th Street) at Burlingame Avenue.

For live camera feeds, or additional information on traffic conditions and construction projects: www.michigan.gov/drive

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GRCC and Wyoming Public Schools to Sign Middle College Partnership

Wyoming, MI - Grand Rapids Community College and Wyoming Public Schools (WPS) will be signing a letter of intent for the creation of a middle college program for the fall of 2012 at tonight’s school board meeting.  The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Wyoming Public Schools Administration Building.

According to the agreement, the vision of the middle college partnership is to provide the opportunity for participating students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate of arts degree in four years.   Wyoming Middle College students will begin in their sophomore year and complete the program after an extended year of classes.   Students will be “dual-enrolled” in high school and college courses, with tuition for the college courses paid for by WPS as part of the district’s per pupil state funding.

Labor group seeks signatures to protect bargaining rights

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - A group called "Protect Our Jobs" spent Saturday collecting voters' signatures in cities across Michigan, including Wyoming.

They hope to have voters protect collective bargaining rights, which they say will strengthen Michigan's middle class.  The group needs 320,000 valid signatures by July 9 to get their plan on the November ballot. 

"If you go to work, you do your job, you do it right and you go home, you should have dignity at your workplace, " says Neil Pettit, a teamster who was collecting signatures on Eastern Avenue Saturday.

The movement says there are more than 80 bills now pending in the state legislature that weaken protections for working people, and dismantle collective bargaining rights. 

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Spring has Sprung

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Spring has Sprung

Spring has sprung early in Michigan this year!  Here at City Hall, the daffodils and trees are blooming and everything seems to be greening up.  This warm weather has been a real treat and it seems to have encouraged a lot of people to get outside for one reason or another.  As you get out and about, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

The Wyoming Record - Mayor's Message

From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

In February we received great news. City Manager Curtis Holt was elected president of the Michigan Local Government Management Association. This is a great honor that he has received from his peers. Curtis will bring his tremendous experience and leadership to the organization, and I congratulate him on this new role.

Dave Oostindie and Aaron Vis, members of our Utilities Department, learned that they will be recognized by the Michigan Water Environment Association for excellence in their work. Like many of our employees, these men are determined to keep Wyoming services some of the best in the country and have both been involved as leaders in their field.

Pathways to Prosperity job training

(WZZM) -- Pathways to Prosperity is hosting several job training sessions that will take place throughout the month of March. The sessions will be held in Kentwood, Wyoming, and Grand Rapids.

The sessions are designed for job seekers interested in the green jobs sector. In order to qualify for a job, each applicant must attend one of the meetings. These jobs include truck driving, deconstruction, welding and other areas.

All five meeting sessions are listed below.

March 21: Kentwood Activity Center, 355 48th St. SE, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

March 22: Urban League, 745 Eastern Ave. SE, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

March 26: Family Network of Wyoming, 1029 44th St. SW, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

March 28: Baxter Community Center, 935 Baxter St. SE, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

March 29: Family Network of Wyoming, 1029 44th St. SW, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

City of Wyoming Approves Tax Abatement for Michigan Turkey Producers

Wyoming, Mich., March 20, 2012 –The Wyoming City Council approved a 12-year tax abatement request for Michigan Turkey Producers during the March 19 council meeting.

Michigan Turkey Producers has been growing in the City of Wyoming for over a decade and currently produces both raw and cooked turkey products in its facilities at 1100 Hall Street and 2140 Chicago Drive.  The Hall Street location is slated to receive a personal property investment of $2,300,000 and is estimated to add 25 new jobs.  The Chicago Drive location is scheduled to receive a personal property investment of $1,440,000 and a real property investment of $9,200,000, as well as add 10 new jobs.  These planned expansions will allow the company to increase production in order to support a growing demand for turkey products.