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Innovation Island: Van Andel Arena and Applied Innovation Redefine Community Engagement

Grand Rapids, MI, March 14, 2024 – Applied Innovation, a leading provider of cutting-edge solutions, is thrilled to announce a grounding breaking partnership with Van Andel Arena. In conjunction with this exciting collaboration, Applied is proud sponsors of the Grand Rapids Griffins and Grand Rapids Rise, further solidifying its commitment to community engagement.

At the heart of this collaboration is the unveiling of the state-of-the-art hospitality suite within Van Andel Arena, capable of accommodating up to 40 guests during home games for the Griffins and GR Rise. This unique space is designed to offer local businesses a platform to strengthen team cohesion while enjoying thrilling sporting events in an exclusive setting.

“We are incredibly excited to join forces with Van Andel Arena, the Grand Rapids Griffins, and the Grand Rapids Rise,” said Casey Lowery, President of Applied Innovation. “This partnership underscores our commitment to fostering community connections and providing unparalleled experiences for our valued clients and partners.”

In collaboration with United Image Group, Applied Innovation has spearheaded the transformation of the hospitality suite into what is now known as ‘Innovation Island.’ Drawing inspiration from the ambiance of an island getaway, the suite has been meticulously designed to evoke a tropical paradise transporting guests to a tranquil oasis amidst the excitement of sporting events. The renovation process has resulted in a vibrant space that accurately embodies the spirit of Applied Innovation’s culture. Check out Innovation Island here.  

The partnership between Applied Innovation, Van Andel Arena, the Grand Rapids Griffins, and the Grand Rapids Rise signifies a shared commitment to the community. By providing an engagement environment for team building and networking the newly unveiled hospitality suite promises to be a cornerstone of memorable experiences for businesses and sports enthusiasts alike.

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About Applied Innovation

With over 37 years of expertise, Applied Innovation provides imaging, technology, and automation services to businesses, healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and manufacturing operations. Our goal, to improve our clients’ businesses and the lives of the people working within them, is measured by our 98.8% client retention rate. Applied Innovation locations in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Florida are home to over 500 team members, our world-class technology partnerships, and a unique Customer Loyalty Center.