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About the Smart Coast

West Michigan is quickly emerging as one of the best places in the country to start a career, a life or a family. And along the lakeshore, the Michigan Smart Coast boasts company innovation, professional fulfillment and continual sources of weekend entertainment.

We're a region globally recognized for leadership in manufacturing, food production, engineering, design, agriculture, tourism, health care and sustainability. More importantly, when you look at cost of living and sense of community, the West Michigan coastline stands out as your smart choice.

Upcoming Events

West Michigan Intern Connect Day in the Park

Ah-Nab-Awen Park
Enjoy a fun night after work with your peers from companies and organizations from all over West Michigan. There will be games provided by Grand Rapids Sport & Social Club, food trucks, and great prizes. It’s $20 to attend but check with your intern program coordinator because they might be picking up the tab for you. Ticket price includes meal from local food trucks. Register to attend here.

June 21 @ 5:30 pm

Unpack and Unwind

Brew Merchant
Come prepared to unpack some of the questions you've had about your internship and then unwind with other local young professionals! Learn from a panel of local young professionals about how to maximize your internship experience and more about the community of Holland/Zeeland. Register to attend here.

June 26 @ 4:30 pm

HYP Art of the Brew

Create your own artwork lead by a worldly ArtPrize artist, Alla Dickson, who now calls West Michigan home. Enjoy free appetizers generously provided by Tripelroot. Those 21 and up are welcome to sip while they create. Space is limited.   Register to attend here.

July 26 @ 5:30 pm

GHYP & HYP Unwind

Sandy Point Beach House
Unwind at a great summer spot along with the Grand Haven Area Young Professionals!

August 6 @ 5:30 pm