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Smart city? The downtown development boom, examined

Rapid Growth continues to tackle the story of downtown's recent uptick in residential and commercial development. We've looked at current and upcoming projects and asked readers for feedback with a poll. In the last installment of our series on the topic, this week we explore the opportunities and challenges a residential living boom brings a city like Grand Rapids. 

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UIX: Melanie Beelen, directing Baxter toward shining success

Of the 43 years the Baxter Community Center has been of service to its neighborhood, Melanie Beelen has been executive director for the last 18. During that time she has helped meet human needs with the most positive spirit.

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Brain trust: Local biotech company could help shape future of Alzheimer's, brain injury treatments

A Grand Rapids-based biotechnology company is making progress on a pair of new drugs that could offer hope to patients of Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury. Steven Thomas Kent reports on the cutting-edge developments and nationally recognized research coming out of this spot on the Medical Mile.

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Do Good: 'Momentum' helps nonprofits successfully navigate the future

Nonprofit organizations have common challenges, often require the help of an outsider to keep them on track and aligned with their mission, and need to learn how to adapt to changes within and outside the organizational environment. Luckily, upstart company 'Momentum' is here to help. At the helm is Tera Qualls, who brings her experience working at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU to the launch of this new organization.

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Want to get people back to work? Fill the basic skills gap

Low-income workers like Tawnee McCluskey often lack the basic skills needed to find a good job. To bridge the gap, experts say it's essential to invest in training. Yet despite millions of people out of work, programs are hard to find. Lee Chilcote reports on some national solutions to challenges we see right here in West Michigan.

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