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Introducing Chris: A Dedicated Advocate for Cascade

Chris Noordyke, a lifelong resident of Cascade, has deep roots in the community. After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University, he returned to his beloved hometown where he now resides with his wife and their two children. Like fellow Cascade resident Scott, Chris has a special connection to the Thornapple River, which has been a significant part of his life since childhood. His passion for the river fuels his commitment to preserving and enhancing this vital community resource.

As the owner and operator of a successful software development company based in Cascade, Chris has developed a strong acumen in responsible spending and smart fiscal planning. He believes these skills are crucial for effective community governance and is dedicated to applying these principles to benefit the local community.

Experience and Community Service

Chris has a robust record of service and dedication to the Cascade community. For seven years, he has been a member of the Cascade Planning Commission, including two years as Chair. In this role, Chris has been instrumental in guiding development decisions, ensuring they align with the community's long-term vision. He also serves on the Cascade Brownfield Authority, working on the redevelopment of underutilized properties for community benefit, and on the Cascade PFAS Advisory Commission, addressing critical environmental issues.

In addition to his civic duties, Chris is deeply involved in his faith community. He is the current Vice Chair of the Board and a lifetime member at Cascade Christian Church, where he actively contributes to the spiritual and communal life of the congregation.

Chris’s approach to community service mirrors his business philosophy: make smart, informed decisions, plan for the future, and always act in the community’s best interests. He is dedicated to applying these principles in his role in Cascade, ensuring that every decision made is both fiscally responsible and beneficial to the residents.

Commitment to Smart Development

Chris is a staunch advocate for smart development practices that respect Cascade's heritage while fostering growth. His experience on the Planning Commission has equipped him with the insight needed to balance new development with the preservation of the township’s unique character. Chris aims to engage the community in planning processes, ensuring that developments are beneficial and sustainable.

 

By involving residents in decision-making, Chris strives to create a collaborative environment where community voices are heard and valued. His commitment to responsible and thoughtful development is a cornerstone of his vision for Cascade, where progress and tradition coexist harmoniously.

Passion for Seniors and Solving Transportation Challenges

Chris is deeply concerned about the needs of Cascade's senior population. He understands the challenges they face, particularly regarding transportation and access to essential services. Chris is dedicated to exploring and implementing innovative transportation solutions to help seniors maintain their independence and quality of life. He plans to work closely with local organizations and stakeholders to develop comprehensive programs that address these critical issues.

By focusing on the specific needs of seniors, Chris aims to ensure that all residents, regardless of age, can thrive in Cascade. His commitment to enhancing transportation and service access reflects his broader vision of a supportive and inclusive community.

Fiscal Responsibility and Balanced Budgets

With his background in business and his experience running a successful company, Chris knows the importance of fiscal responsibility. He has a keen understanding of budgeting and financial planning, skills he intends to bring to Cascade's governance. Chris is committed to ensuring that the township operates within a balanced budget, prioritizing transparency and accountability in financial practices. He will work to allocate resources efficiently, prioritize essential services, and invest in initiatives that provide long-term benefits to the community.

Chris's approach to fiscal management is rooted in his business philosophy: make informed decisions, plan for the future, and always act in the community's best interests. By applying these principles, he aims to create a financially stable and prosperous environment for all residents of Cascade.

Chris’s background in business, combined with his extensive service on key community commissions, equips him with the expertise and perspective needed to drive Cascade forward. He is passionate about preserving the natural beauty of the Thornapple River and is dedicated to making Cascade a better place for all its residents.

 

With his strong business acumen and commitment to community service, Chris is well-prepared to address the challenges and opportunities facing Cascade. His dedication to responsible development, fiscal responsibility, and the well-being of all residents ensures that he will work tirelessly to enhance the quality of life in Cascade while preserving its unique heritage.

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