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.


  • Jacob Maas, ACSET
  • Laurie Craft, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

EconomicĀ and Workforce Development Steering Members

  • Melinda Ysasi, GR Source
  • Jessica White-Hatinger, West Michigan Works!
  • Robert McKown, United Way
  • Chad Patton, Literacy Center of West MI
  • John VanElst, GRCC
  • Lisa Derr, Urban League of West MI
  • Jeffrey King, Community Rebuilders
  • Tony Calcagno, Goodwill


  • United Church Outreach Ministries (UCOM)
  • North Kent Community Services
  • Flat River Outreach Ministries
  • Steepletown
  • Heart of West Michigan United Way
  • Grand Rapids Housing Commission
  • The Job Post
  • ACSET West Michigan Works
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • LINC
  • 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