04-20-2017 Cynthia LaGrow awarded recertification in economic development designation; Lakeland Heal

EXCITEMENT “EGGS”TRAVAGANZA… Beckham Collins, 3, of Watervliet snatches up some eggs at the annual Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt held at Hays Park in Watervliet. He is the son of Hartley & Theresa Collins. (TCR photo by Annette Christie)

Cynthia LaGrow awarded recertification in economic development designation

 Cynthia LaGrow, owner of LaGrow Consulting has been awarded re-certification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) effective April 1, 2017. LaGrow first achieved the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation in 2002. CEcD recertification, required every three years, was awarded to LaGrow who met demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession. With 26 years of economic development experience, LaGrow has assisted companies like Eagle Technologies, Lane Automotive, Schwintek, Postle Aluminum, Newell Rubbermaid and many more invest in Michigan and create jobs. LaGrow is a graduate of Coloma High School, received an associate’s degree from Lake Michigan College and received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Western Michigan University. She and husband David own Maximum Mold in Benton Harbor and Max 2 in Coloma.

The designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is a highly recognized national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to professional growth. LaGrow first earned certification by passing a rigorous three-part, two-day examination, testing her knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the key areas of economic development.

As highly skilled economic development practitioners, LaGrow and over 1,000 other CEcDs work with public officials, business leaders and community members to create and retain high-quality jobs, establish vibrancy, and improve quality of life for the people they serve.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,500 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more about IEDC: www.iedconline.org.

EASTER EGG HUNT HAUL… Edward Valentine, 3, of Watervliet checks out what is inside of his stash of Easter eggs at the Lions Club annual hunt in Watervliet’s Hays Park. He is the son of Aaron & Re-becca Valentine. (TCR photo by Annette Christie)

Lakeland Health earns national recertification for electronic health record

 In honor of its successful use of health IT to improve patient care while reducing costs, Lakeland Health has received Stage 7 revalidation on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM)(tm) for its three hospitals and 15 of its 34 ambulatory clinics. In 2013, Lakeland became the first healthcare organization in the State of Michigan, as well as in the region, to be certified at Stage 7 in less than three years from the time the electronic health record (EHR) was first implemented. To date, only two other health systems in Michigan and s