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Grand Haven


Located on the sugar sand shores of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Grand River, Grand Haven is an active resort town and the epicenter of West Michigan's Water Wonderland. Grand Haven State Park is regularly rated one of the nation's top beaches. And the city features more than 100 miles of bike trail, 2 Great Lakes lighthouses, a busy waterfront boardwalk, and an extensive fleet of charter fishing boats.

The city has felt the pain of Michigan's deindustrialization. But the community also is acting aggressively to reinvest in the urban core, leverage traditional assets such as a distinct quality of life, and position itself to compete in the 21st century. With the Big Lake on the front doorstep, it's hard to imagine anything but success.   

Features

Shannon Cohen

No more 'West Michigan nice': It's time to talk about race, gender & leadership in the workplace

A new research project tells the stories of female leaders of color in West Michigan, and the women's words make it clear: we must be better when it comes to fighting, and acknowledging, racism and sexism in the workplace.

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Hidden gems: The coolest trails you've never heard of in West Michigan

From a historic rail line transformed into recreational space to breathtaking views of the Grand River, these are trails you don't want to miss.

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'Before the time of us': How trips to Lake Michigan are changing students' worldviews

While many of us may take for granted how easy it can be to make the 35-mile trip to Lake Michigan, the overwhelming majority of Grand Rapids Public Schools' fifth grade students have never seen this body of water. Financial hardship, lack of transportation and other barriers prevent many of the children from seeing this Great Lake, but GRPS and Open Systems Technologies are quickly changing that.

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Making herstory: The women who are changing the dynamics of West Michigan politics

The women leading West Michigan's cities are making history — or, rather, herstory — by breaking down barriers and charting new courses for politics in our area. As Americans face an increasingly polarized nation, these leaders are unifying residents and building strong communities.

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Championing women's voices & inclusion: Survey aims to empower leaders of color in West Michigan

How do we open the professional doors that are rarely, or never, open to women of color who aspire to be leaders in West Michigan? Two fellows from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Shannon Cohen and Pat Sosa VerDuin, aim to break down these barriers and dismantle racism with data from a new survey of women of color in Kent and Ottawa Counties.
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