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Susan Im

Home, heart, and history: How immigration is changing West Michigan

With immigration policy in the national spotlight, it's a good time to take a look at the way West Michigan's stance on the issue has shaped our region over the years. Lauren F. Carlson digs into the details of refugee resettlement and employment immigration by talking with a few very smart women who advocate for a very diverse population.

Daniel Broersma

Local, iconic, and sustainable: Herman Miller's Team 53 helps design energy-efficient homes

With teamwork from WMEAC, furniture designer Herman Miller's Team 53 provides home energy audits to its community, encouraging residents to design a more sustainable home. Audria Larsen gives us a peek inside the program -- and inside one updated home in Holland.


G-Sync: From Seneca Falls to Grand Rapids, women's voices matter

Quick: Name your five favorite films of all time. Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen is guessing most of them were directed by men, and he has just the local event to add some fresh new names to your list of favorites. 

Susan Smith

RapidChat: Susan J. Smith

Susan J. Smith finds adventure around the world and in her own local community. She's a passionate amateur photographer, inspired by her former writing career with the Grand Rapids Press. Using her writing and photography skills, she catalogs her wanderlust with a weekly design-focused travel blog. Rapid Growth sat down with Susan at her home to chat about her experiences as a world traveler, blogger, grandmother, and Gilda's Club Founder.

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Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

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