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Say what? Talking to kids about race doesn't have to be daunting

Parents, caregivers and early childhood educators play an important role in helping young children form healthy racial identities and attitudes toward others. But for many adults, talking to kids about race can be uncomfortable. The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance's 'Talking to Kids About Race' workshops empower adults to address the topic that helps children learn to respect and value themselves and others for their own unique racial and ethnic backgrounds while celebrating diversity and encouraging inclusion.

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Technology turns farming into a high precision business that protects environment, controls costs

Technology adds a level of precision to farming that has not been seen before. 

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RapidChat: Jeffrey Songco on making the leap from San Fran to GR, pushing boundaries with art & more

Five years after his very first ArtPrize competition, artist Jeffrey Songco took the leap and moved to Grand Rapids this past fall. An artist who was raised in New Jersey by immigrant Filipino parents, his artwork explores, as he describes, "a narrative of an anxious American guy celebrating a contemporary world of multiple identities." His work has taken him all over, but after being inspired by the people he met while participating in ArtPrize, he knew this city is where he wanted to start putting down some roots.

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Gateway to creation: GR's Maker Movement gives space & tools to bring inventors' ideas to life

For independent inventors, it can be difficult accessing the necessary space and tools to make their ideas become a reality. Here in Grand Rapids, however, older and newer groups alike are providing 'makerspaces' for these individuals throughout the city, and GR is increasingly proving to be fertile ground for our city's inventors, designers and tinkerers.

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G-Sync: Hungry for change in the New Year

In his last editorial of 2016, Rapid Growth's Publisher Tommy Allen ponders what is happening at the city level as national headlines shock and awe readers. 

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Shop for Good: How you can support businesses owned by people of color, women and veterans

Do you shop at places that align with your values? One Grand Rapids woman is trying to make it easier for you to do so with an electronic directory of businesses that are owned by women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, veterans, Asian-Pacific Americans, and Native Americans.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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