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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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Breaking news: Grand Rapids still makes things!

By all accounts, Grand Rapids and Buffalo, New York seem almost like twins: our populations, geographies, industrial histories, and even current major employers are almost identical. So why is Grand Rapids doing so much better economically?

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UIX: To Birgit Klohs and team, West Michigan is The Right Place for manufacturing

West Michigan may be the right place for manufacturing, but it's The Right Place, and the economic development organization's CEO, Birgit Klohs, that are helping the industry grow.

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Wizards of the digital age: West Michigan tech leaders change the world with the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is pushing the boundaries of technology, and West Michigan leaders have keen insights on a frontier that is revolutionizing the way the world interacts.

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Leather and wood live: Grand Rapids embraces craftsmanship done the old-fashioned way

You see it happening throughout our city, country and world: consumers trading in mass-produced goods in favor of hand-crafted, local items. From handbags to tables, silverware to sunglasses, products made by one person from design to completion are catching on proverbial fire and providing local artists with a platform for their creativity.  Here in Grand Rapids, wood and leather goods are experiencing a resurgence as residents dedicate themselves to craftsmanship and the local economy.

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Life on two wheels: How Grand Rapids is transforming itself into a bicycle-friendly city

For the past six years, Grand Rapids has set its sights on becoming a bicycle-friendly city. After nearly 80 miles of bike lanes have been implemented, with more in the works, a dramatic change in the transportation landscape has led to growing pains. City officials and grassroots leaders are now attempting to navigate these challenges in order to become one of the country's best metropolises for those on two wheels.

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Beyond the Mitten: West Michigan companies making waves around the globe

When it comes to products changing the state, country and world, West Michigan should not be overlooked. This area is a hub for an incredibly diverse group of companies that have their sights set on success, and their efforts are making the globe more environmentally friendly, a better place for those battling mental health issues, increasingly delicious, and an all-around more interesting place to be.

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UIX: Liz Bartlett knits circles around fashion, design

Fashion, design, and enabling others are just a few of Liz Bartlett's many talents. They are combined at KNITit, where solutions are created through electronic knitting.

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UIX: Lis Bokt and The Geek Group combine inspiration, innovation, and perspiration

Whether it's engineering know-how, mechanical prowess, educational opportunities, or simply making creative ideas manifest, The Geek Group and executive director Lisa Bokt excel at facilitating manufacturing through the creative process in many different ways.

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UIX: Scott Jonkhoff helps others take their Next Step in the right direction

Everyone faces challenges in life, and some face more than others. That’s where Scott Jonkhoff and Next Step of West Michigan come in. Next Step is a faith-based nonprofit employing people coming out of prison or rehab and helping them integrate into the workforce.

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G-Sync: West Michigan comes out for design

Each month publisher and lifestyle editor Tommy Allen checks in with Rapid Growth to share his thoughts on a topic trending in our region. This month he is all about the power of design to inspire a new way of working here, and West Michigan Design Week's stellar 2nd annual event has him geeked.

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RapidBlog: The solution to the open office

West Michigan knows its office furniture, and open offices have become the norm in the last decade. But as panels have been knocked down, cries of protest have sometimes gone up, especially from introverts. Custer's Natalia Connelly helps both champions and critics of the open office understand how to make this trend work for everyone.

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G-Sync: A Future Powered By You (Act Now)

For nine years, Mayor Heartwell of Grand Rapids has invited others -- including other mayors along the Grand River -- to meet him at the river to clean it up. But this year, with WMEAC’s help, it might even spark dialogue around the upcoming Prop 3. Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen jumps in and discovers Michigan may only get one shot to get it right before the lawyering begins.

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G-Sync: Punk Fashion Leader Is Pure (West) Michigan

Fashion’s Night Out came to GR on the wings of a visionary individual who said, “Yes, we can do this here!” Now three years later and on the eve of Grand Rapids' participation in the 2012 FNO’s event (with Anna Wintour’s blessing), G-Sync’s Lifestyle Editor, Tommy Allen, discovers Jim Murray has pulled off the impossible (again), right here in West Michigan.

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G-Sync: The Taylor Lautner Olympic Effect

Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen learns that a little piece of the Olympic medals have roots right here in Grand Rapids. He explores the other Grand Rapids connections that have had global impacts in this week's G-Sync.
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