Economic and Workforce Development

The ENTF Economic and Workforce Development Committee meets on the 1st Thursday of every month from 8:30-10:00 at the West Michigan Works! Westside Complex located at 215 Straight Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. These meetings are open to anyone who seeks to participate in this conversation.

The work of this committee is seeking to accomplish the goal:

All Kent County residents who seek employment will have opportunities at a sustaining level with pathways to economic stability.

Progress towards this goal will be discussed at the monthly committee meeting and tracked on the Outcomes page of this site.


Economic and Workforce Development Steering Members

  • Chad Patton, Literacy Center of West MI –¬†Chair
  • Lisa Derr, Urban League of West MI
  • Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, GRCC
  • Milinda Ysasi, GR Source
  • Robert McKown, United Way
  • Tawana Brown, West Michigan Works!
  • Tia Zeien, Women’s Resource Center
  • Tony Calcagno, Goodwill
  • Grand Circus
  • DTE Energy
  • Kent District Library
  • Inner City Christian Federation
  • Talent 2025
  • Grand Rapids Housing Commission
  • Health Net of West Michigan
  • West Michigan Works!
  • Inclusive Performance Strategies
  • Success Virtual Learning Centers
  • Calvin College Center for Social Research
  • Comprenew
  • Kent Counrt Friend of the Court
  • United Church Outreach Ministries (UCOM)
  • North Kent Connect
  • Flat River Outreach Ministries
  • Steepletown
  • Heart of West Michigan United Way
  • Grand Rapids Housing Commission
  • The Job Post
  • WMCAT
  • Kent County Community Action
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • LINC UP
  • Wyoming Public Schools
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • Hope Network
  • Jubilee Jobs
  • The Source
  • Grand Rapids Urban League
  • Hispanic Center of West Michigan
  • HQ
  • Grand Rapids Womens Resource Center
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Disability Advocates
  • Literacy Center