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Posted on: February 9, 2024

VanDerhoof Receives City Strive Award for Teamwork

Brad Kaye,  Jon VanDerhoof, and Miriam Andrus

Brad Kaye,  Jon VanDerhoof, and Miriam Andrus

L-R: Midland City Manager Brad Kaye, Graphic Designer and Maker Specialist Jon VanDerhoof, and Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Director Miriam Andrus

February 9, 2024 – The City of Midland is excited to announce that it has recognized Graphic Designer and Maker Specialist Jon VanDerhoof as its latest recipient of a City Strive Award. The award was presented during a department meeting today. 

VanDerhoof received the Teamwork Award, which recognizes an individual for fostering and participating in the collaborative effort of a group to achieve a common goal, solve a problem, or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way. 

He was nominated by Communications Coordinator Katie Guyer for his graphic design work on Midland City Modern, the City’s latest draft Master Plan that was completed for public review in late 2023. 

“Jon provided the graphic design of Midland City Modern, the City's new proposed Master Plan. This document is critical to the future success of our organization and community, so it was imperative we made it a plan that was not only full of accurate, detailed information, but also easy and interesting to read. Jon knocked it out of the park! He took all design suggestions and ran with them, putting his own creative flair into the document and creating a plan that was beyond what I could have even imagined. He turned around all items quickly and was incredibly flexible with last-minute changes and ideas. Having him in-house to work on this plan also saved likely thousands of dollars in graphic design fees. The result of his work is that Midland City Modern is a beautiful, engaging Master Plan that the entire community can be proud to have!” 

Jon VanDerhoof has worked for the City since 2023. 

“The Midland City Modern Master Plan is the guide for future growth and development in our community, so it’s important that this plan is a resource that every Midlander can easily engage with,” said City Manager Brad Kaye. “Jon’s creative skills and outstanding design intuition transformed a required government document into a stunning visual experience. We couldn’t be happier with the result!” 

For more information on the City Strive Award program or to submit a nomination for a deserving City employee, please visit

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