MAREC in the Community

Below is a sampling of recent activities by MAREC staff as we continue our collaboration and networking with communities as well as the economic development and renewable energy sectors in keeping with our mission. These are updated regularly and appear in MAREC e-newsletters.  Subscribe

Many of these activities will be covered in more detail as future news items; in the meantime, please contact MAREC if you have questions regarding them.


 December 2012


  In the News
  • Arn Boezaart, MAREC director, hosted a virtual town hall gathering at MAREC during the Governor's recent webcast via Google+ Hangout. The webcast drew more than 60 community guests. Boezaart posed a question to the Governor about the announced closure of a number of the oldest coal generating plants in Michigan, including the Muskegon Cobb plant. More
  • On December 11, Arn Boezaart was the featured guest on the West Michigan National Public Radio (NPR) Mike Suman show for a discussion on energy technology and policy. This program was linked to the recent energy message presented by Governor Snyder.
  • Arn Boezaart was the featured guest  December 5 on the Muskegon Community College (MCC-TV) Andy Wible Show, broadcast on local Comcast and Charter cable channels.
 Presentations & Events
  • Joe Graczyk, MAREC incubator manager,  participated in a recent business pitch competition event hosted by e-Merge in Muskegon.
  • Arn Boezaart recently presented an alternative energy and sustainability seminar for advanced placement science classes at Grand Haven High School. The policy challenges of advancing renewable energy technology were of great interest to the AP students.
  • On December 13, Arn Boezaart served as a renewable energy technology advisor at the Leadership West Michigan training seminar held at the GVSU Kirkhof Center.
  • Arn Boezaart represented GVSU in November at an advanced energy and battery symposium at Fraunhofer-USA in Plymouth, MI. The meeting included representatives from all of Michigan's research universities.
  • The MAREC Advisory Board met in November for its bi-monthly meeting. The results of the September Annual Meeting were reviewed and progress reports were received from all program departments and projects.
  • Eric Seifert, finance strategy specialist for MISBTDC, has secured financing for clients totaling $9.9 million for the period January through September.
  • Kim Walton, program director for MAREC, recently completed a recycling survey of county residents for the Barry County Solid Waste Oversight Committee (SWOC). This work, linked to MAREC's role as a state energy and technology demonstration program, brings services to the new MEDC regional support structure.
  • Joe Graczyk conducted several consultations with area entrepreneurs--including new incubator tenants LongerDays and Corlnet--on business development and incubator strategies.
  • Jim Edmonson, project director, collaborated with five early-stage companies in successfully pursuing Business Accelerator Fund (BAF) grants totaling $123,000.
  • Eric Seifert has continued his work with a start-up venture capital group in Muskegon to develop policies, procedures and enlist members. Seventeen individuals have signed-on to date with five prospects remaining. The group will debut publicly by early in 2013.
  • Kim Walton is providing planning assistance for the 2013 Michigan Energy Fair.  She is also providing planning assistance for the Kent County Intermediate School District (ISD) Renewable Energy program and the Michigan Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Partnership – Lake Michigan Hub, a regional group of PK-12 education leaders.
  • Eric Seifert is designing new workshops to assist existing businesses with financial management issues. They will be offered in Muskegon in 2013.
  • Kim Walton recently completed her second master’s degree, receiving the Master's degree in Public Administration, Nonprofit Concentration, from Western Michigan University.


Note:  This feature was added to our website in December, 2012 and doesn't reflect prior activities.

Page last modified December 13, 2012