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Local deaf-blind adventurer partners with nonprofits to transcend barriers

When you’re legally deaf and blind, climbing the seventh highest mountain in the world may seem foolhardy. Foolhardy that is, unless you’re Bill Barkeley, local adventurer who partners with nonprofits to provide hope and possibility for all.

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Construction paves the way for a growing Grand Rapids

Every time you look outside your window, it's clear: GR continues to grow. Catch up on the many ways construction impacts our community.

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Weirdly wonderfulness: Life with the "Geek Disorder"

Life with Asperger Syndrome isn't simple an straightforward. It's a collection of colors and experiences, and each person with the Syndrome is unique. In this VOICES essay, sixth grader Nora Standish describes her experience with Asperger's, shattering every stereotype about the Syndrome and inviting you into her world.

Matthew Clayson

Game over: Enough excuses from Detroit to Grand Rapids

This Rapid Blog comes to us from Matt Clayson, who leads, launches, and scales outcome driven organizations and initiatives. Clayson explores bottom-up solutions for communities across the state, including coming together to solve common problems.

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RapidChat: Gwadue Bossuah on celebrating the highs and lows of being a local business owner

After four years of being in business, Gwadue Bossuah, creator and owner of FZIQUE full body cycling studio, takes a walk down memory lane with us. Remembering all of the highs and lows that brought him to where he is today, Gwadue plans on hosting an extra-special celebration this month at his new Midtown location.

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Neighborhoods of GR: WestSide evolution continues

According to local professional Paul Soltysiak, The WestSide is diverse with lots of history. It has a wonderful flavor that is tough to define unless one lives, works, or plays here often. It needs to be experienced to be understood. Explore the Westside from Soltysiak's perspective in this installment of Neighborhoods of GR.

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Cracking the affordable housing conundrum with creative solutions

While the state of the “housing crisis” is troubled and unclear, one thing is for sure: Grand Rapids’ community isn’t lacking the potential for innovative solutions.

1920s Fulton and Sheldon Intersection. Looking west on Fulton Street at Sheldon and Monroe Center.

Grand Rapids' streets of old still tell stories

From “bricks” made of cedar wood and soaked in creosote to sturdy but expensive cobblestones, GR's oldest streets are rich with history.

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Look at us: Seeing trans in times of misidentification

This Rapid Blog comes to us from Carlos Garay Negrón, a Trans Latinx activist, community advocate, musician, and queer/trans theorist. Their theory work is centered around intersectional analyses of trans and queer experience through the media lens, and their praxis is focused on empowering marginalized communities to enact transformative change.

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VIDEO: Pennies from Heaven breaks down employment barriers

How are rural foundations across the state approaching economic development? We’re sharing success stories right here in Michigan, with a look at how can the philanthropic sector breaks down barriers that make it challenging for employees to be successful in the workforce.

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Neighborhoods of GR celebrates our city's places and spaces

Over the past 10 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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Making it in GR: Adapting an engineering mindset to entrepreneurship

Reports show women and minority-owned businesses are face an ongoing disparity of funding awarded to them and to their male, non-minority counterparts. As a minority-business owner and Grand Rapids transplant, Supermercado Mexico's Javier Olvera discusses the challenges of growth, and finding finance options.

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VIDEO: Rotary Charities expands equitable access to the waterfront in the Grand Traverse

How are rural foundations across the state approaching economic development? We’re sharing success stories right here in Michigan, starting with a look at the Rotary Charities' efforts to expand equitable access to the waterfront in the Grand Traverse region.

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Promise Zones and place-based scholarships are game changers for families in Grand Rapids

If Grand Rapids becomes a Promise Zone, it would change the game for funding college in the River City. Currently in the process of applying for the designation, the city of GR is prioritizing affordable college education for all.

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UIX: Offstage engineering makes a big difference in local music

More than a dozen different audio recording studios in West Michigan help musicians, podcasters, broadcasters, show hosts, and others capture their sound on digital media, vinyl records, and sometimes even magnetic tape.
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