Hansen hosts discussion to connect communities to improve broadband access
Last week in Hart, I hosted a meeting with over 70 attendees who came to discuss ways to partner together to increase the lakeshore's access to broadband availability.
I invited members of ConnectMichigan and representatives from local government; education; economic development; Internet service providers; health and public safety officials; local libraries; and interested residents of Oceana, Muskegon, Newaygo and Mason counties.
As internet technology paves the road to innovation, worker training, education, and job creation, many west Michigan communities have the opportunity to capitalize on this technology and other supporting resources.
The discussion was facilitated by Connect Michigan, a subsidiary of Connected Nation that operates as a non-profit organization to support Michigan's reinvention and technological transformation. They work with the Michigan Public Service Commission and local leaders to develop and implement effective strategies for technology access, adoption, and use in Michigan. Many communities have already benefited from Connect Michigan's process of assessment, benchmarking, planning and certification. Bringing together key community leaders will hopefully accelerate the availability and use of broadband technology creating a better business environment, more effective community and economic development, improved health care, enhanced education and more efficient government.
Michigan DNR Director visits areaEarlier this month, I hosted the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director, Keith Creagh in the district for the day. We began the day at the Newaygo/Oceana Agriculture Breakfast in Fremont followed by a brief visit to Pentwater to discuss harbor dredging and ways to keep this channel open to traffic. Director Creagh then met with representatives in Hart to review exciting plans to repave the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail.
We also traveled to Silver Lake State Park to inspect the project upgrades taking place around the park including the camping, day area and lighthouse area. While we were in the area, I shared with him the need for support from the DNR regarding the Silver Lake Nutrient Budget Project. Silver Lake is such a critically important natural resource habitat and economic driver for our area. We'll look forward to the results of the complete study and continue to support this vital waterbody.
April is National Donate Life MonthMore than 3,000 people in Michigan are waiting for life-saving organ transplants. A single donor can save up to eight lives.
Potential donors can sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, a database of residents who wish to be organ and tissue donors that is maintained by the Department of State. The registry is confidential and can only by accessed by Gift of Life Michigan to assist hospitals in the recovery and transplantation of organs and tissue.
To join the registry or find information on the Donate Life Michigan license plate, visit www.michigan.gov/sos.
Work zone safetyWith road work ramping up this spring, the Department of Transportation reminds motorists to slow down, stay alert and drive carefully in construction work zones on state and local roads.
Officials encourage drivers to pay attention not only to workers, but to stopped traffic and other drivers attempting to merge. While work zone crashes and fatalities were down in 2013 from 2012, serious injuries were up 87 percent.
2014 Michigan Fishing GuideFor rules, regulation changes, fish orders, seasons, license information and more, consult the 2014 Michigan Fishing Guide. This comprehensive publication is available at major retailers and online at www.michigan.gov/fishingguide.
Highlights from Senator Hansen's Recent ScheduleI continue to be honored to represent the constituents of the 34th district. I've had the opportunity to recently visit with many different groups and participate in various district events taking place in our communities.
Earlier this week, I toured PROfab in Muskegon, a local company that serves many industries including automotive. Like other Michigan entrepreneurs, PROfab is investing locally and helping grow our economy.
It was exciting to attend a ceremony in Whitehall this week hosted by the Muskegon County Habitat for Humanity dedicating their 100th build project.
I was also recently in area classrooms with students at Fremont High School. I partnered with Gerber Federal Credity Union and shared tips to help student's position themselves for financial wellness.
Harbor Steel & Supply Corporation in Muskegon was another facility I had a chance to visit. This company serves Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. They're headquartered in Muskegon and have invested in flame cutting and laser cutting technology that produces quality product and supports our local economy.
Senator Goeff Hansen's Boating and Fishing UpdateI am pleased to send along this report, including legislative news, license information, festival dates and more. I hope you find it useful as you and your family make lifelong memories in Michigan's great outdoors.
Senator Goeff Hansen