The Devil's Soup Bowl | Yankee Springs Township
RDF Concepts is a full-service Automation Integrator and along with our Mechanical Services Business Unit, provide TURN-KEY customized control systems design, sophisticated programming, and leading-edge equipment installation.
RDF’s Integrators, designers and project managers, operating laterally with their skilled tradesmen, will deliver state-of-the-art sustainable systems for markets in food & beverage, composites/plastics, environmental, metal forming, agricultural, municipal and industrial applications. From start to finish, RDFC combines its company resources to dominate every phase of a project.
Founded in 2010 by Robert D. and Shelba Forbes, RDF Concepts’ mission is to market control systems that serve to enhance customer’s competitive strengths through improved quality and productivity.
This objective is accomplished by providing advanced automation control systems using proven state-of-the-art equipment and design.
Visit their website at https://www.rdfconcepts.com/index.html
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS - HASTINGS
The Impact Investment Program’s first major project was to provide seed funding to fill
finance gaps for the Hastings Holiday Inn Express project in 2013.
The Hastings Holiday Inn Express currently employs 15 individuals at their 62-room facility located in Hastings. In 2016, the Holiday Inn Express was recognized for its outstanding customer ratings as the recipient of the IHG Torchbearer Award, an honor going to the top 2 percent of more than 4, 500 IHG properties.
Visit their website at www.hiexpress.com
TNR MACHINE, INC.
TNR Machine is a full-service precision CNC machine shop with a wide variety of manufacturing capabilities. TNR Machine prides itself in working directly with your purchasing and engineering departments to produce high-quality, cost-effective products. You can depend on us for excellent quality CNC machined parts.
Founded in 1987 by Tom, Norm, and Ron Watson, TNR Machine has been working for 27 years to perfect its techniques in search of producing the best possible product for its customers. TNR has grown into a responsive manufacturer of prototypes and production tooling, inspection and test tooling, mold components and precision machined parts. The abilities of TNR Machine serve both large and small manufacturers. Our customer depends on us for parts that without fail exceed their high standards, measure up to strict tolerances, and meet exact specifications.
Visit their page at https://www.tnrmachine.com/
The Barry County Economic Development Alliance has been an integral part of the strategic planning process for various community and business groups throughout Barry County. These strategic plans have led to direct, positive impacts in their respective communities:
NASHVILLE ROUTE 66 BUSINESS DISTRICT
In the summer of 2015, the Nashville Route 66 Business District Leadership Team asked to meet with the staff of the Barry County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Alliance (EDA) to talk about how to strengthen their organization. At that time, the Chamber and Economic Development Alliance advised them to consider participating in a strategic planning process and to develop a set of goals for at least two years.
In the Fall of 2015, members of the Leadership Team followed-up with the Barry County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Alliance and expressed an interest in developing a strategic plan under the guidance of Chamber/Economic Development Alliance staff. This process began on October 29, 2015 and was completed on January 6, 2016. By the end of 2015, the organization boasted 47 members.
In addition to growing their membership, the Nashville Business District has promoted branding and beautification of downtown Nashville, as well as hosting a series of place-making events. Twice, Nashville has held the Guinness World Record for the Longest Ice Cream table, and they remain the record holder still! Additionally, the Nashville Business District has undertaken the task of revitalizing the Sandyland Concert Series, which included updating, rebuilding and enhancing the existing historic Sandyland site. To date, a dozen concerts, ranging from country to rock, to Christian and blues, have been held at Sandyland!
Visit https://nashvilleroute66.com/ for more information on programs and initiatives from the Nashville Route 66 Business District.
HASTINGS DOWNTOWN BUSINESS TEAM
In 2005, the HDBT decided to continue to focus on the actual downtown area of Hastings. The group then began to work with the BCCC (under the guidance of Valerie Byrnes and Carol Vogt) and the Hastings Downtown Development Authority (DDA) as strategic partners. The BCCC accepted the role as the fiduciary agency and assisted directly with event planning and administrative tasks, identifying the HDBT as a committee of the Chamber. As part of the focus on the downtown area, and in an effort to increase engagement with the HDBT, the HDBT became one of the first Chamber committees to
allow non-Chamber members to participate. This was a very positive time for the Hastings downtown business owners, as they had strong support for bringing customers into their businesses through well-planned and executed events.
In 2015, the HDBT once again found itself in a time of transition. After establishing strong partnerships with the DDA and the BCCC, significant leadership roles were vacated. The BCCC Director, Valerie Byrnes, the BCCC Office Manager, Carol Vogt, and the Hastings Downtown Community Development Director, John Hart, left their positions in Barry County to take on new opportunities elsewhere. Since then, new leaders have been appointed to the DDA and the BCCC, bringing an opportunity to re-examine their role as partners with the HDBT, and engage in conversations about increasing business and opportunity in the downtown area.
Thus, in 2016, the HDBT leaders decided that it was important to continue working collaboratively with their community partners by developing a system that would enable them to become more independent as an organization. In order to accomplish that, the current HDBT committee decided to move forward with the development of a strategic plan that would clarify their goals and the roles of strategic partners with whom they work. Through the strategic planning process, the HDBT has identified 5 primary goal areas: communication, the roles of leadership, the development of local partnerships with outside organizations, marketing, and the need to increase membership & engagement from the current HDBT members. The first strategic planning meeting was on September 28, 2016. The process concluded on March 8, 2017.
Since the completion of their strategic planning process, the HDBT has developed branding and marketing materials in addition to formalizing their organizational structure. As the implementation of their strategic plan progresses, look for new events, educational programs, and placemaking activities.
For more information, like the Hastings Downtown Business Team on Facebook.
Located in the northwest corner of Barry County, Thornapple Township is the most populous township in Barry County, with nearly 8,000 residents and 356 businesses residing within the Township’s boundaries. Residents of Thornapple Township maintain a high quality of life, where they enjoy a variety of natural resources, recreational activities, and an excellent school system. These factors make Thornapple Township an ideal location for families and businesses, resulting in tremendous growth over the last two decades.
To understand the needs and desires of the residents of the growing township, a 29-question, public opinion survey was conducted in March of 2001 by the Thornapple Township Planning Commission. Participation in the survey was limited to Thornapple Township residents. This survey enabled residents to provide input about gaps in goods and services and to make suggestions about how to address potential future growth in the area. A follow-up survey was conducted in June 2016 that reinforced the results of the 2001 survey. Central themes that emerged from the 2016 survey include the desire to preserve farmland and natural resources in the area, the need for a variety of housing options, a strong focus on protecting the rural character of the township, fiscal responsibility, and dedicated support for emergency services.
In January 2017, the Thornapple Township Board (in collaboration with community members representing local business and industry, the agricultural community, the Thornapple Kellogg School District, high school students, and residents-at-large) developed a three-year strategic plan, facilitated by the Barry County Economic Development Alliance. The strategic planning process took place over the course of five months and culminated in the creation of very clear goals and action steps that will allow the Thornapple Township Board to effectively address future growth while preserving the characteristics of the township that make it a unique and inviting community to live, work and play. This strategic plan was formally approved by the Thornapple Township Board on July 10, 2017.
For more information on Thornapple Township, please visit https://www.thornapple-twp.org/.