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Michigan farmers markets: Come for the farm-fresh produce, leave with a stronger community

All across Michigan farmers markets are open throughout the year and many have that special something that brings people together for more than the fruit and vegetables. They build community. 

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UIX: Breastfeeding mothers share experiences and insight to help others succeed

Breastfeeding support groups can be found all over West Michigan, but new mothers are using a number of other tools to help them nourish their young babies.

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A tale of two weekends and my personal journey to undo my bias

Rapid Growth's Publisher Tommy Allen releases a personal perspective of our last two weekend's in America and discovers a path that leads him to his hometown of Flint and the seeds of bias.

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RapidChat: Mat Churchill

While his last solo album came out in September 2014, Mat Churchill has still managed to stay at the forefront of the Grand Rapids music scene. While musical talent is key to success, Mat emphasizes that plugging yourself into the community is crucial.

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The Road to 100: Grand Rapids' journey to be Michigan’s first all-renewable-powered city

When Mayor George Heartwell established the city’s first renewable energy goal in 2005, the City was getting none of its power from renewable sources. After Grand Rapids achieved its initial goal of 20 percent in 2007 (a year ahead of schedule), Heartwell upped the goal to 100 percent by 2020. How is the city doing on its goal now? 

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Neighborhoods of GR: Welcome to Creston—Be an active citizen

Creston is a vibrant corridor filled with engaged residents, parks, bustling businesses, and ongoing growth. Celebrate your Creston pride in this month's Neighborhoods of GR article.

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Encounters at Rumsey Street: An excerpt from SiTE:LAB's Catalog

In this essay excerpted from SiTE:LAB Rumsey Street Project 2015 + 2016, New York-based art writer and freelance curator Gregory Volk details the visceral experience of encountering SiTE:LAB for the first time during ArtPrize Eight at their "Rumsey Street Project" installation. 

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August 21 solar eclipse: Nature’s greatest spectacle is coming to a sky near you

The August 21 solar eclipse is a big astronomical deal. Grand Rapids residents deciding to stay in town will see about 85% of the sun eclipsed by the moon. Whether you're attending the Grand Rapids Public Museum's special Eclipse Party or crafting your own pinhole camera, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you don't want to miss.

Jamaal Cannon

Drawing inspiration: West Michigan artists find their own ways to integrate technology

Whether you find them doodling on a tablet in your nearest coffee shop, or laying out a project in a fully equipped studio, modern illustrators are able to leverage the same tools to broadcast their message and expose new people to their art. 

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A mentor's role in design: Sitting down with Yang Kim and Steve Frykholm

As part of our design issue, Rapid Growth Managing Editor Lauren Carlson sat down with long-time collaborators and friends Yang Kim and Steve Frykholm. Kim and Frykholm discuss what they've learned from each other, how design has changed, tech's role in the industry, and working within the West Michigan design community.
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8 amazing West Michigan illustrators that you've probably never heard of

Their work ranging from children’s books to corporate ad campaigns, West Michigan is home to a diverse community of professional illustrators. Drawing upon the region’s rich cultural history and natural landscape, as well as artifacts and memories of their travels beyond, each of these area illustrators is making a distinctive contribution to West Michigan’s colorful legacy of design.

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Rapid Blog: Building an illustration community

Your surroundings are filled with illustrations; children's books, logos, advertisements, magazines, and banners on Google. These images are produced by illustrators. So, what is an illustrator? The newly formed Illustration League defines the title, and fills us in on the challenges facing those in the industry.

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RapidChat: Lance Hohaia

Back in 2002, New Zealand native, Lance Hohaia, catapulted into his professional rugby career at the early age of 19. Since his retirement (nearly three years ago), his transition back into the "real world" has come with its own unique set of ups and downs. Thankfully for him, his journey back to Grand Rapids with his family is proving to be a positive one.

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Farmers find out more about what's happening in their fields with drones

Today's tech-savvy farmers find out more about their fields and crops from high-flying drones.

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These 3 new Michigan childcare centers offer the most advanced facilities for children — and adults

Childcare centers are becoming much more than just a place to drop off kids. We look at three Michigan facilities that widen their reach to provide quality experiences for families, caregivers, and entire communities.
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