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Volunteers help individuals with disabilities create art during Artists Creating Together’s Adult Art Class.

UIX: With an eye on changing the world by acting locally, ServeGR makes volunteering easy

ServeGR, a new hub for volunteer efforts in the region, helps centralize opportunities for those looking to give. Where nonprofits may have previously been hampered by a lack of volunteers with the right schedule or skill set, the ease of ServeGR's use makes screening for essential talent much simpler. 

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City sets sights on equitable development for S. Division, Burton Heights & Grandville Ave

The city of Grand Rapids is aiming to develop South Division, Burton Heights, and Grandville Avenue into a Corridor Improvement District. To address gentrification and displacement, city officials are in the process of creating a plan with the community through the lens of equity. 

Ann Conklin, Chief Operating Officer of mParks

Grand Rapids, meet mParks: Major Michigan conference set in home sweet home

Grand Rapids' dedication to green space has not gone unnoticed. The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is holding its major annual trade show in GR, bringing close to 1,000 parks aficionados to Grand Rapids in an effort that showcases our city as a hub for parks and recreation.

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There are 195 countries in the world. Michigan food and agriculture products went to 114 last year.

Michigan businesses--from fruit growers to brewers--are learning how to best market their products to a global market.

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VIDEO: On The Ground celebrates Burton Heights, South Division & Garfield Park

Meet the people who are living, working and organizing along the South Division corridor and in the Burton Heights and Garfield Park neighborhoods in our On The Ground video that celebrates the incredible work being done in this community.


No chardonnay or romance novels here: Fair housing book club tackles life-changing topics

Can a book club effect change in the community? Are words on the page really enough to change minds? After eight years of a book club designed to do just that, the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan's Liz Keegan, and others, have witnessed the power of intriguing stories, open minds and honest discussions to increase awareness of social justice issues in our community.


RapidChat: Raul Alvarez on advocating for an equitable GR, 'coffee just because' & more

For Raul Alvarez, life and work are all about taking the time to form relationships. His "coffee, just because" groups in Grand Rapids have gathered people together under the umbrella of individuals actually getting to spend time with one another, resulting in not only strong friendships but also many community projects. With years of PR and marketing experience under his belt, this chief communicator, storyteller and synergist is changing the way our city interacts with his own GTSD Group.

Peacock Farms

Inside the Michigan farms that will harvest 3 million Christmas trees this year

As Michiganders flock to the hundreds of Christmas tree farms across the state, Michigan's agritourism economy sees healthy growth.


The data driving Grand Rapids: How the city's 311 program is reshaping where we live

As the leaders behind Grand Rapids' 311 system change and adapt the way we report everything from potholes to questions about voter registration, the data coming from the nationally recognized program is vastly improving the way residents interact with their government.

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Rising from the ashes: Nonprofit café sets sights on rebuilding after devastating fire

Following a November fire that completely destroyed the future site of Rising Grinds Café, the Madison Square community is rallying behind the coffee shop that was set to open in May. The leaders backing the café are vowing to rebuild the space that aims to empower community youth, and others from the area, with jobs and training.

Mindy Ysasi

'How much more can this person take?' Residents & community groups fight for access to everyday life

Many residents in the city of Grand Rapids are not afforded the opportunity to meet basic needs, such as housing and employment, without first diving deep into bureaucratic roadblocks created to benefit only those in power and with privilege. In the community of Burton Heights, citizens are having to go above and beyond to meet these needs, only to find themselves requiring further advocacy from local organizations and leaders. 

Lindsay Mikita, Christy Ennis-Kloote and Karen VanHouten.

UIX: Ladies That UX rallies women at the forefront of design and technology in West Michigan

Women are overwhelmingly outnumbered by men in the computing workforce. To foster support in a world that can often feel isolating, local female design leaders from companies like Visualhero, Atomic Object, Amway, and Infor are banding together as part of a group called Ladies That UX. 

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What a rock star & epidemiologist have in common: How Michigan is supporting access to healthy food

An  epidemiologist and a rock star walk into a summit about good food throughout Michigan. It's no joke. People from across Michigan are coming together to make sure people in the state have access to food that’s affordable, healthy, green, and fair.


A taste of home: Martha PeeWee connects GR's immigrant community to much-missed motherlands

For many immigrants in Grand Rapids, coming to the United States is a chance at a better life and opportunities. Martha PeeWee and her family, who moved to West Michigan from Liberia, have been able to successfully achieve their dreams of entrepreneurship by opening up Martha's International Market. This endeavor was made possible thanks to the willingness of her community to share a breadth of knowledge, experience and connections.   


Tackling racism in business: How Grand Rapids can make the economy work for everyone

Grand Rapids has been ranked as one of the worst cities in the country for African Americans when it comes to economic opportunity. To combat this, community leaders recently gathered at a Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses summit to tackle what must be done to make GR, and West Michigan, a more equitable place.
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