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RapidChat: Jash'd Belcher on love, inspiration, a girl, a boy, and a dream.

Faith-based film 'A Girl. A Boy. A Dream.' recently made its grand debut at the Sundance Film Festival, with a little help from local film producer, Jash'd Belcher. As we aspire towards unity as a nation, "we need more love and things to inspire us to be our greatest," explains Belcher. This film sets out to enact just that.

Concerts

Grand Rapids, Music City? New venues mean almost more music than beer

For nearly a decade, Grand Rapids has earned the "Beer City" designation from USA Today. With all of the new music venues and increased number and range of musical acts visiting GR, could “Music City” be in our near future?

Design Thinking

UIX: GRPS Transformation Plan is using design thinking to incorporate stakeholder voices

GRPS stakeholders gathered at schools in the four different quadrants of the district to sound off on their concerns, talk about what they're proud of, and even what they're angry about. And the district is listening to every word with the help of design thinking.

GRHHCTheNewConcept

Lessons from emerging culture: A quick look at three music movements and future cities

All cultures should have a value for a city, but not all have our attention…just yet. Rapid Growth's Publisher Tommy Allen looks back over time at three Michigan groups whose contributions, like so many other artists and creators, have impacted the culture of our state for the better.

RGWaveCard

Smart transportation: The Rapid kicks off The Wave smart card for function, ease, and equity

With smart features like online accounts, capped spending, and smartphone scanning, The Wave aims to widen access and increase ease of use to public transportation.

ACLU Dan Ho

Do you know your voting rights?: ACLU Voting Rights Project Director talks equity and participation

Visiting West Michigan on May 16 as the keynote speaker of the ACLU Standing Together for Justice Luncheon at Frederik Meijer Gardens, Ho aims to spread a message of increased voting rights through systems reform, encouraging states like Michigan to implement modern, equitable practices that make voting simple and accessible for all.

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6 local (and fun!) ways to stay in shape this spring

As the weather warms, many sport and social clubs are recruiting for the summer season. If you’re looking to work up a sweat and make some new friends, these group sports and athletic clubs might be for you.

RCcarlos

RapidChat: Carlos Sanchez

Feeling energized after the recent announcement of their $150,000 grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Executive Director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center Carlos Sanchez and his team are ready to put the foundation's 'Fund for Community Good' to good work.

DonRhoades

The innovative people making GR a city for entrepreneurs

“Making It In Grand Rapids” is a series about local entrepreneurs and the issues that matter in building a sustainable startup-friendly community.

FT Kick Ass Mothers Day

'Kick its ass': Memorial exhibit showcases outsider art, volunteerism at Heartside Ministries

A retrospective of the incredible milieu of outsider artists Heartside Galleries has nourished over the last decade and a half, "A Heartside Art Collector's Preview" is a celebration of rare talent, raw human experience, and the healing properties of art made without ego.

Kids

West Michigan invites you outside: 5 #puremichigan ways to celebrate spring

Finally...spring. Throw off the shackles of winter and check to these 5 ways to enjoy West Michigan.

May March

Marching without fear: Movimiento Cosecha GR seeks licenses for all on May Day

The annual May Day demonstration, organized by Movimiento Cosecha GR, cut through many neighborhoods on Tuesday, May 1, and marked the launch of a statewide campaign to win licenses for all so that immigrants in Michigan can “drive without fear.”

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Soul of the city: Retail and small business breathe life into Grand Rapids

Despite retail giants like Toys “R” Us and GR-based MC Sports closing their doors, GR recently took second place in the category of “Best Cities for New Small Business” in a LendingTree report. In this installment of Making it in GR, Rapid Growth observes the relationship between the current state of national retail and the local retail climate, as well as the effects of e-commerce on local business.

Healthy Communities

Building Healthy Communities program aims to surround Michigan school children with healthy living

During the last nine years, more than 260 elementary schools across Michigan have participated in the Building Healthy Communities to prevent and reduce childhood obesity, prevent chronic health conditions, and improve academic achievement. Positive results are pouring in.

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Catch up with Neighborhoods of GR

Over the past 11 months, Rapid Growth has featured the places and spaces of GR in our Neighborhoods of GR series. Catch up with the amazing people, nonprofits, and businesses that have graced our pages.
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