What You’re Thankful for In Your Community

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, we asked community leaders in our service territory to share their thoughts on what they are thankful for in their community.

 “I am thankful for family and friends and thankful when we are celebrating Thanksgiving together, our County provides us the freedom of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” — Joy Gaasch, President, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg Chamber of Commerce 

“At this time of year more than any other I am so very thankful for the caring nature of our community. We have so many families that are struggling and yet, so many caring individuals that have met the needs with their time, talents, clothing and food donations and cash. It is overwhelming to see our citizens reach out to one another. I wouldn’t think of living anywhere else.”  — Gary McDowell, Mayor, City of Adrian

“Of course it goes without saying that I am so very grateful for my wonderful family and friends. Outside of that precious circle, I am thankful to have been born and raised in this community. It is one of the reasons I try to give back whenever I can to help Mason County and its residents.” — Marcia Hansen, Mason County Fair Director

“I am thankful for the increasing amount of very diverse projects that are now bringing new jobs and substantial investment to the Gratiot community and for the expanding collaborative economic and community development effort now occurring in the mid Michigan region.” — Don Schurr, President, Greater Gratiot Development, Inc.

“For me, I’m thankful for the wonderful opportunities that exist here in Muskegon — opportunities to enjoy the beautiful setting/environment we live in during all seasons of the year; opportunities to start a business with the full support of others in the business community; opportunities to help build our community and many other opportunities, as well.” — Gary Post, Muskegon Community Leader

“I am thankful for all the women, men, seniors and students who take time to volunteer all throughout the year in our community.” — Dayne Walling, Mayor, City of Flint

 “I am thankful for an enthusiastic and caring business community and service clubs.  Whether it is downtown events like Trick or Treat, or United Way, or the Heritage Festival, or new facilities like the ones that Rotary Club sponsors, or simply providing feedback on Village policies, one can always count on Spring Lake businesses to have the best interest of the community at heart.” — Ryan Cotton, Village of Spring Lake Manager

“I give thanks to the business owners in Ionia County who have kept their company alive by trying new ideas, making new partnerships, and serving as leaders in the community.” — Diane Smith, Executive Director, Ionia County Economic Alliance

“I am thankful for the generosity of both individuals and businesses in our community who give of their time and money to make this a better place to live for everyone.” — Kathy McClean, Director, Mason County Chamber of Commerce

“I’m thankful for all the selfless individuals and nonprofit organizations donating their time and energy to make this state a better place to live.” — Brian Anderson, President, Middle Michigan Development Corporation

“I am grateful for the many volunteers who step up and make things happen for this is a great community. That is also quaint and unique because of the people who live and work in West Michigan and the Village of Spring Lake. I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.” — William Filber, President, Village of Spring Lake

“I am thankful for the people of Charlotte who continue to support our community with their hard work, generous spirit, and resilient attitude. Despite the challenges every community in Mid-Michigan still face, Charlotte residents continue to find ways to Celebrate Charlotte!” — Bryan Myrkle, Community Development Director, City of Charlotte

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve citizens while representing incredibly diversified industries in such a profoundly beautiful place. I am grateful to the Lord for what we have and what we can give.” — Bob Barker, President/CEO, Mason County Growth Alliance

“Despite our economy, we have a lot to be thankful for.”  — Bob Moffit, Gladwin City Administrator