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Sail boat racing on Reeds Lake.

Anticipating Summer.


PhotoUp CEO Chris Palmer

Outsourcing with a mission, and a conscience

With an innovative approach and a socially-conscious mindset, Grand Rapids-based startup PhotoUp hopes to provide affordable, high-quality photo-editing services and reframe the conversation around offshore outsourcing. Writer Steven Thomas Kent provides a snapshot of the growing technology company.

Dennis Kneibel

West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition: The tale behind the trails

Over the past few months, Rapid Growth has explored some of West Michigan's trails and the people behind them. One organization, the West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition (WMTGC), plays a vital role, assisting towns and cities in creating, connecting or renovating their unique trails. Planning to enjoy a trail this weekend? Find out who made your favorite stretch possible.


RapidChat: Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal

Beyond Grand Rapids Public School's recent request for a $175 million bond for buildings, there is something much more paramount to its success that Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal is calling for from the city of Grand Rapids. "Come with me," she declares, encouraging all community members to come together with a united front. "You need to turn this community around. Come with me as one." On the heels of her State of the Schools address, we get the inside scoop from this transformative school leader.

Veterans with Fashion Has Heart, an area non-profit.

Happy Memorial Day from Rapid Growth

Fashion Has Heart works with area veterans to utilize the mediums of art, design and fashion to benefit, inspire and enrich our nation's veterans. Let's remember our veterans this Memorial Day as we fire up the grill, attend a patriotic parade, pack the car for a road trip, hit the beach, or do whatever it is you do when summer has finally arrived in West Michigan. We'll be taking a week off to mark the Memorial Day holiday, and we'll see you back here with a fresh batch of stories in June.  

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