Photo above: Amway World Headquarters in Ada, Michigan.
Global direct selling leader Amway is taking part in a community-led effort to redevelop its hometown of Ada, Michigan. Amway will contribute $3.5 million in support of a plan to bring $13 million in improvements to the rural township, located on the eastern outskirts of Grand Rapids. The redesign centers on the quaint Ada Village area across the street from Amway World Headquarters.
“The community has long held hopes of further developing the small village and, since 2006, has led community planning efforts to help shape what it could become in the future,” Bill Payne, Amway Chief of Staff, told DSN. “We’re pleased to extend our support, from initially assembling land under one ownership group to speed advancement of the vision, to now offering financial support to cover a portion of public infrastructure improvement costs.”
Amway houses more than 4,000 employees at its world headquarters, which spans one mile from east to west and comprises 80 buildings and 3.5 million square feet of office and manufacturing space.
The proposed Ada Village redesign will make the area friendlier to bikes and pedestrians, improve traffic flow, and develop community spaces like a farmers’ market and an outdoor performance area on the Village’s riverfront.
“Amway is a good partner that has been a part of our community for more than 50 years,” said Ada Township Supervisor George Haga. “We are quite excited about this private-public partnership to redevelop Ada Village, and we look forward to tentatively starting the first project next spring.”
At the same time, said Payne, Amway is leading a separate community fundraising effort called Envision Ada. The initiative will contribute another $3 million to the planned improvements, with the final $6.5 million coming from the township.
“We look forward to great progress in the coming months and are excited by the efforts of the township to make the community’s vision a reality,” Payne shared.