By Shane Jones
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter
DEWITT — Buildings in downtown DeWitt have been standing for many years, but the businesses have changed greatly. One building for example was once an old car dealership, now it is a restaurant. What was once a church, will now be a brewery. As time goes on, the city of DeWitt is trying to change from the small city that it is known for into more of a modern city. Each year, the city and township management are constantly trying to help the city grow.
DEWITT—Though the fourth annual DeWitt Community Showcase is still about two months away, many of the people involved are already getting excited. The event is a collaborative effort designed to bring the community together. DeWitt Public Schools, the City of DeWitt and the DeWitt Chamber of Commerce produce the showcase as an opportunity for local and surrounding businesses to make their presence known, as well as a chance for DeWitt students to display their talents and be recognized for academic excellence. Schavey Road Elementary art teacher Bob Jaruzel is looking forward to another exciting and personally satisfying experience. “It is nice to see so many elements from our school and community coming together in a fun and festive atmosphere,” he said.
By STEPHEN INGBER
Capital News Service
LANSING- Allie Bush is the new public policy coordinator for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Her main focuses will be education and tax policy. Bringing experience with an advanced degree from Grand Valley State University, she has worked as a policy advisor in the Michigan House of Representatives for the House Republican Policy Office. The chamber’s members span from Wyoming to Comstock Park and cover all Grand Rapids suburbs.
On the other side of the state, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce sends a three-person team to Lansing to communicate with legislators and advocate for its membership.
MASON—The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Feb. 13 to honor the people, businesses and groups that are making a difference in Mason. The banquet was held at the Eldorado Golf Course Banquet Center. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Klein said these awards recognize the people that go above and beyond to help the community. “(The award winners) are setting an example for the people that are less inclined to give back,” Klein said.