Michigan’s Economic Ties to Holland

Michigan’s Economic Ties to Holland

7,600 Jobs Supported by NL-USA Trade and Investments $332.8 Million in Exports to the Netherlands 481,878 Americans of Dutch descent  Read More

From the Past to the Present

From the Past to the Present

Commercial enterprises constituted the first organized wave of immigration from the Netherlands to North America during the early seventeenth century and led to the founding of Fort Nassau, which was only the second permanent European settlement in North America. Continuing Dutch immigration waves have produced 

The Western Michigan Dutch

The Western Michigan Dutch

“Dutch in Michigan”      Michigan has always attracted more Dutch than any other state. Most Dutch immigrants in the 19th century headed for Michigan. By 1900 Michigan counted one-third of the Dutch-born in the USA. Most Dutch lived in five counties—Allegan,Kent, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, and Ottawa. Southwestern Michigan was truly the Dutch center, centered in Grand Rapids. One-third of the Dutch 

Dutch Delegation to Explore West Michigan Food Processing

Dutch Delegation to Explore West Michigan Food Processing

The bridge between West Michigan and its Dutch roots is continuing to grow as a delegation of business leaders from the Netherlands again visited the region to explore West Michigan food processing and agricultural needs. >> Read Full Article

WMGI Visit’s Skytron

WMGI Visit’s Skytron

West Michigan Global Initiative brought a Medical Delegation by Syktron to learn about their role in Healthcare and West Michigan. Read More

Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra joins Executive Board and Advisory Committee of West Michigan Global Initiative

Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra joins Executive Board and Advisory Committee of West Michigan Global Initiative

The Executive Committee of the West Michigan Global Initiative (WMGI) today announced the appointment of Holland, Mich., Mayor Kurt Dykstra to the WMGI Executive Committee and Advisory Board. Mayor Dykstra, who also is an attorney at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Holland, and his 

Official One Fund Boston Marathon 2014 Team

Official One Fund Boston Marathon 2014 Team

The One Fund’s mission to support those most impacted by the attacks iscontinuing as part of a collaborative effort to coordinate services tohelp the survivors and victims’ families. >> Read Full Article

West Michigan delegation invests in relationships in the Netherlands

West Michigan delegation invests in relationships in the Netherlands

Members of the West Michigan Global Initiative are wrapping up a seven-day trip to the Netherlands on Friday, as part of the organization’s focus on strengthening business ties between the country and West Michigan.  >>Read the full article

Crain’s Business Recognizes Dutch Opportunity

Crain’s Business Recognizes Dutch Opportunity

The Netherlands has the fifth-largest economy in the eurozone, even though its 2012 tax revenues dropped 9 percent and its GDP contracted.  Its estimated GDP is $770.2 billion, No. 24 in the world, according to the CIA World Factbook. In 2011, the U.S. imported $33 billion 

Dutch Caucus Meets With WMGI Members

Dutch Caucus Meets With WMGI Members

Key Michigan Legislators meet with group’s leadership, Dutch Consulate General Members of the Michigan Legislative Dutch Caucus, comprised of nine State Senators and seven State Representatives, met with key members of the WMGI Feb. 21, to discuss the group’s efforts and future events. The meeting