GRCC’s construction summit connects skilled trades suppliers with projects



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


March 11, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College is hosting its second annual West Michigan Construction Summit on March 13, where skilled trades suppliers can meet with interested project managers and buyers from the public and private sectors.

“We held our first summit last year, and it created real business for so many local employers,” said Mansfield W. Matthewson, GRCC’s director of purchasing. ““Most of the owners attending this year’s event have current, ongoing or pending projects, so this is a wonderful opportunity to help them connect with local area suppliers.”

The summit — 2-5 p.m. March 13 in room 108 of GRCC’s Sneden Hall, 415 E. Fulton — includes project managers and buyers representing GRCC, Bronson Healthcare, Chemical Bank, Comcast, CSM Group, the city of Grand Rapids, Fifth-Third Bank, Kellogg's, Kent County, Pfizer, and SpartanNash. Those attending can also visit resource tables from CEED, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Black Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, the state of Michigan, VetBiz Central, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and West Michigan Minority Contractors Association.

Those attending should enter DeVos Campus/Sneden Hall student parking lot off Fountain Street (across from Central High School). Parking passes will be provided. To attend, click here.

GRCC encourages the entire community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation, or have questions about accessibility, please call Matthewson at (616) 234-3851 in advance of your visit or program participation.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.