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Children and seniors share spaces and activities at the Bethlehem Intergenerational Center.

Uniting children and the elderly: Intergenerational centers create magic one interaction at a time

Though it is not typical to see both the elderly and infants engaging with one another, intergenerational programs have found a way to bring them together and add value for both sides. Three local programs and a participant share their insights on the value of these programs and the positive impact they can have.

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UIX: How Kooty Keys and medical masks are driving innovation in Grand Rapids

Whether inventing a novel solution or building a billion-dollar business, innovators in West Michigan have a few traits in common. They all share stories of tenacity and curiosity, and there's much more to learn from them at local meetup groups like the Grand Rapids Inventors Network or the Michigan Inventors Coalition, or in more academic environments like GVSU's Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

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Rapid Blog: Mary Brown looks from the future's edge, reimagining work and community

Futurist Mary Brown discusses technology's role in our evolving communities, exploring the need for equity in health, transportation, the environment, and more.

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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.

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UIX: Groundbreaking healthcare is all about clear communication

The healthcare industry experiences innovation at an astounding rate, but not all innovation is defined by the latest technology or the smallest tools. Interpersonal communication, and interprofessional practice, is the new face of healthcare innovation, and care professionals in West Michigan are helping this trend grow.

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How a merger between Forward Cities and CEOs for Cities will aim to drive inclusive economic growth

Wealth inequality in America across racial lines is growing, particularly in cities. Here's how one organization proposes to tackle it.

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UIX: Local champions are leaning into city building

Led by skilled and informed "Champions," Lean initiatives in Grand Rapids promote designs that foster process improvement through feedback, and empowering those working on a project with its reformation.

Tommy Allen

G-Sync: Diversify your dollar

For those folks seeking to create year-round impact in our neighborhoods, there is a new path emerging that is easier than one might think. Publisher Tommy Allen looks at the future of our economy and believes neighborhood businesses contribute to an  increasing value for our citizens. 

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UIX: Local creative professionals can build a business at Little Space Studio

Alysha Lach White is boosting local creativity and creatives by expanding the Little Space Studio into a place where freelancers and others can get work done.

Jeanane Charara, Michigan Science Center distance learning coordinator

This new program allows Michigan students to learn from science professionals—anywhere

ECHO, a new distance learning program created by the Michigan Science Center, uses video conferencing to connect classrooms with a museum educator who conducts interactive lessons in real time.

Kids in awe at a display in "1001 Inventions"

Michigan Science Center exhibition to highlight Golden Age of Innovation

"1001 Inventions: Untold Stories From A Golden Age Of Innovation," which opened Oct. 7 in Detroit, highlights an era of Muslim Civilization that coincided with the European Dark Ages—a period of almost 1,000 years.

Tommy Allen

G-Sync: Listening and the city

"As I look on to the time ahead with Rapid Growth but also as a citizen of this city, I pledge to be a better listener, since it is clear that now is the time to engage in dialogue, not retreat in silence." - Publisher Tommy Allen.

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How does Grand Rapids become stronger? By ensuring other cities do too

When growing a strong entrepreneurial community, it's often in our nature to compete for the resources we need to succeed. But, vibrant communities get even stronger when they turn to their neighbors to collaborate rather than compete — and Grand Rapids is doing just that.

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Saving the lives of the future: Grand Rapids plays starring role in national health care

To say the healthcare industry is in flux is an understatement. As the field evolves, however, one thing is certain: by continuing to implement new and improve existing technologies, Grand Rapids is at the forefront of innovation in health care.

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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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