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Kent County, MI Sustainable Business Park Updates

Kent County Sustainable Business ParkGBB has been selected by the Kent County, MI Department of Public Works (DPW) to develop a Master Plan for 200+ acres of property to convert waste materials into marketable products. As part of its long-term vision to implement Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) strategies, the DPW is pursuing the development of the Sustainable Business Park as a key component of its SMM system, to house facilities to recover discarded materials, to reuse and recycle the recovered material, and to convert non-recyclable material into intermediate products or to recover the energy value of those discards. Joining GBB for this key assignment as planning partners are Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., a local Grand Rapids-based Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Architecture, and Construction Management firm; Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, a local stakeholders engagement communications firm; and Stern Brothers & Co., an independent investment banking firm who provides various public and private infrastructure finance opportunities. Stern Brothers is one of the nation's largest certified 100% woman-owned business enterprise investment bank.

The long-term goal for the Sustainable Business Park is to displace landfill use for disposal of waste materials as much as possible by attracting new business ventures that will not only recover waste materials, but also convert them into new, domestically manufactured, products through innovative technologies. As part of the assignment, the GBB Project Team will conduct stakeholders' meetings; perform waste stream and market analyses; evaluate technologies; develop a Master Plan for the design and construction of necessary public infrastructure; research funding sources; and evaluate how the services provided by the Resource Park tenants might interact with Kent County's existing waste management infrastructure.

Visit Kent County’s Reimagine Trash website to learn more about the ambitious project!

Kent County Sustainable Business Park

Below are regularly updated links to the latest news and information about the Sustainable Business Park:

Quotes"In 2016, we set a roadmap to achieve 20% reduction in landfilled waste by 2020, and 90% by 2030, to bring Kent County closer to a circular economy system. A key component of that strategy is the successful establishment of the Resource Park.

The GBB Project Team has proven that it's up to the challenge with the combination of a clear understanding of our vision, a sensible project approach, past success stories, strength of the project team, and recent projects performed for the County."

Dar Baas
Director Kent County, Department of Public Works

"As evidenced by China's recent waste import ban, America's recycling future is highly dependent upon the development of domestic outlets for its recovered materials.

Resource Parks, such as the one envisioned for Kent County, can play a vital role in the development of that domestic capacity while providing green collar jobs for local communities."

Steve Simmons
GBB Senior Vice President