Monthly COGG meetings under way again

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 5:59 pm on Friday, September 21, 2012

GREENVILLE — On Thursday, the monthly Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) meetings kicked off.

Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Co-Director Candy Kerschen hosts the gatherings for members of the community to meet and discuss what they are doing in the community.

“It is designed to embrace help of any kind,” Kerschen said.

Most importantly, it’s to “make sure the left hand is communicating with the right hand,” she added. “It’s important for us to be aware and show support for each other.”

COGG meets at noon the third Thursday of each month at the Central Services Facility, 1414 Chase St. in Greenville.

Also in attendance at Thursday’s meeting were United Lifestyle Executive Director Jodie Faber, Greenville Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Diane Brissette, Downtown Development Authority member Wendy Gladding, Greenville Area Community Foundation President and CEO Alison Barberi, Montcalm County Commissioner Tom Lindeman, Montcalm County Commissioner John Johanson, Yolanda Lewis of Consumers Energy, Dan Webber and Bill Small of Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, City Manager George Bosanic, Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden and Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospital President Tina Freese-Decker.


Greenville Area Community Foundation

Barberi said the Greenville Area Community Foundation is currently making decisions on grants. Final decisions will be made in November. The foundation  is also working with the city to enhance the trail system.

“We are trying to help with signage and interactive opportunities,” Barberi said.

Recently, Greenville Area Community Foundation members were able to fix their building, roof and parking lot.


Consumers Energy

Lewis distributed information regarding a general election proposal for clean energy by 2025. Lewis said if approved by voters, the energy requirement will be in the Constitution, which is not something Consumers Energy officials want to see.

“It’s not a place for energy policy,” said Lewis, adding that there would be no room for technology developments in the future.

Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce members said this is the only thing they are endorsing this year — to vote “no” on the proposal.

“We are not against clean energy, we just think it should be handled through the Legislature,” Kerschen said.


Spectrum Health

Freese-Decker said Spectrum officials will be implementing two main action plans – increasing health and wellness and increasing primary care access in this area.

The construction at Spectrum Health United Hospital is well on its way with the front entrance to the hospital opening today.

“It looks fabulous and is completely different,” Freese-Decker said.

The entire emergency room is set to be completed and opened in November.

Freese-Decker noted among the many changes taking place at Spectrum Health United Hospital and Kelsey Hospital, both places are also adding new staff members to the team.

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