Blandford Nature Center welcomes spring with edible tours.  <span class='image-credits'>Adam Bird</span> Jermale Eddie owns Malamiah Juice Bar and evangelizes a healthy lifestyle. <span class='image-credits'>Adam Bird</span>  Remembering Women's history month, groups like the Latina Network of West Michigan are the history makers of today. <span class='image-credits'>Adam Bird</span> Janay Brower started Public Thread to support domestic production and living wages. <span class='image-credits'>Adam Bird</span>

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G-Sync: Looking back to an interview with Leafly's Deputy Editor Bruce Barcott

Bruce Barcott — a Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction and the author of "Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America" — arrived in Grand Rapids to celebrate 420 Day with an informative lecture “Everyday Wisdom from an Extraordinary Industry: Ten Hard-Learned Business Lessons from the First Year of Legal Marijuana” in 2018. This interview with Rapid Growth's Publisher Tommy Allen is packed with info still relevant a year later.

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Video: Heroes to Hives

Military veterans have unique needs. So do honeybees. Learn how a unique program called Heroes to Hives is connecting veterans and bees in a way that helps heal mental health challenges and strengthen bee communities.

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How can we achieve equity in housing? A Q&A with the National Fair Housing Alliance's Lisa Rice

Lisa Rice, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), will be the keynote speaker at the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan's 32nd Annual Luncheon & Workshop Series on April 25th at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. In this Q&A, Rice discusses how far we've come as a nation, and how far we have yet to go to achieve equity in housing.

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UIX: Grand Rapids’ first Bicycle Action Plan reflects the future of urban transportation

Public transit and dedicated lanes for non-motorized vehicles make it possible for more people to get to their jobs, homes, schools, and other destinations faster and more reliably than ever before, but they've also faced challenges in implementation, not just from city leaders, but from residents themselves. Here are the people who are finding out just how Grand Rapidians feel about bicycling in their city, and the plans they are implementing to increase bicycle access, adoption, and awareness.

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Video: The Fair Food Pledge

We follow a Grand Rapids-based effort to ensure that farm workers who help produce Michigan’s diverse crops of fruits and vegetables can do their jobs without exploitation or unfair treatment. Learn what the Fair Food Pledge is all about.

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Business is booming: 9 company expansions and relocations in West Michigan

As the Grand Rapids economy continues to boom and professionals of all stripes move into downtown, companies from all over the country are taking notice. Here are 9 companies relocating to or expanding within West Michigan.  

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RapidChat: Kelley Freridge on developing leadership skills in children through summer camp

From a very young age, Kelley Freridge had a knack for the great outdoors. "My parents always said that when I was six, I announced that I was going to camp. That's where I learned that 1+1=3." After a decade of working within the outdoor industry, Kelley finds herself back within the space that once brought her such joy — operating as Chief Marketing Officer at the American Camping Association.

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The community members behind GR's tactical urban art: Temporary, permanent, and gentrifying artworks

Tactical urban art attracts new people to a neighborhood, but that can sometimes lead to gentrification. How do local artists balance the impermanence of urban artwork?

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Purple corn and "ugly" vegetables: How neighbors build sustainable urban farms

By building urban farms, two women in two different Michigan communities recognize the power of hard work, culturally-appropriate foods, sustainability ... and why even ugly vegetables deserve to be eaten.

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These Detroiters are introducing newcomers to their city...via text

The new Text a Detroiter service from the Detroit Regional Chamber lets people submit questions about the area to local experts who respond directly through a messaging platform.

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Urban Michigan initiatives recognize racism as major factor in infant and maternal mortality

Statewide, Black babies are three times more likely to die in their first year of life than white babies. But those statistics are even more alarming in many of Michigan's urban centers. Here are a few of the Michigan organizations are working to improve these numbers.

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Embracing diversity of thought, culture, and experience: One business owner's perspective

Detroit-native and small business owner Zena Patillo shares her story of overcoming obstacles, building social capital, and pushing for continued growth. She shares insights on the changes she’s seen over the past 30 years, as well as opportunities for further advancement when it comes to intentional inclusion within the community.

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Abrazando la diversidad de pensamiento, la cultura, y las experiencias: Una perspectiva

Zena Patillo, dueña de una pequeña empresa y nativa de Detroit, comparte su historia de cómo ha podido superar obstáculos, construir capital social e impulsar el crecimiento continuo de su negocio. Ella nos comparte información sobre los cambios que ha visto en los últimos 30 años, así como las oportunidades que existen para un mayor avance cuando se trata con real intención la inclusión dentro de la comunidad.

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Rapid Blog: Ray Kisor on the past, present, and future of real estate in Grand Rapids

How did Grand Rapids reach this stage of rapid construction and real estate development? Ray Kisor, Principal Partner with PURE Real Estate Brokerage, discusses the recent history of GR real estate in this Rapid Blog.

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Across Michigan, neighbors build nutrition literacy and food security

A battery of initiatives across Michigan are working to reverse food insecurity. We share stories of how neighbors in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and across the state are learning about the sustainable value of healthy, locally grown foods.

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Workshop launches Absolutely Accessible Kent Campaign: Paralympian architect facilitates workshop


USA Hockey event projected to generate $2 million in economic impact


Awards Gala spotlights Latinx impact on local economy: "We are here to make a true contribution."


Temporary tattoos making long-lasting investments in the sustainable foods movement


Little Space Studio changing their approach to creative co-working


New watercraft launch at Riverside Park confirms City's commitment to equity and access


Development

Workshop launches Absolutely Accessible Kent Campaign: Paralympian architect facilitates workshop


Awards Gala spotlights Latinx impact on local economy: "We are here to make a true contribution."


Temporary tattoos making long-lasting investments in the sustainable foods movement


New watercraft launch at Riverside Park confirms City's commitment to equity and access


GVSU aDMI's 3D printer brings brand new tech to the Medical Mile


New SingularityU chapter fosters "Exponential Technologies for Good"


Innovation

USA Hockey event projected to generate $2 million in economic impact


Little Space Studio changing their approach to creative co-working


LOFT fulfills niche for tech software aftercare


Vision To Learn launches first step toward free vision care for GRPS students


Recognizing Muskegon's bright, entrepreneurial future


Students address "wicked" problems in Wege Prize competition


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From small pop-up galleries to large cultural institutions to national attention-grabbing events like ArtPrize, Grand Rapids' arts and culture scene has a diverse mix of offerings that will appeal to people of all stripes.

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The West Fulton district, often referred to as the 'U to the Zoo,' runs along its namesake street from Grand Valley State University's booming downtown campus on the east to historic John Ball Park and Zoo on the west.

 

In between is a mix of popular locally owned businesses – such

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