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Shaunte Oliver received support services from Strong Beginnings while she was pregnant with her daughter Alona.

Untangling the complex issue of health equity in Michigan

Michiganders may experience dramatic differences in their quality of health due to a host of social factors. We took a look at some of those factors, and what's being done to address them.

Bike Lanes

Biking in Grand Rapids: A commuter perspective on culture and safety

It's been 2 years since the launch of the City of Grand Rapids' Driving Change Campaign. Since that time, how has the city and its citizens improved in cycling safety and awareness?

Town Hall Auk Med

Tommie Wallace: A Heartside artist rooted in history

This month we sat down with local Heartside artist Tommie Wallace, aka Town Hall Auk Med to learn more about his life, distinct artistic style, and the roots of his imagery/meaning.

Lauren Rahman Thompson

RapidChat: Lauren Rahman Thompson on World Refugee Day, Treetops Collective, and more.

"It’s easy to forget 'refugee' is only a status, not an identity," states Lauren Rahman Thompson, Director of Operations at Treetops Collective. It's time to be more aware, get educated, and take action beyond World Refugee Day on June 20th.

waters trail

Designating the Grand River Water Trail: Improving water quality, recreation, and local economies

Involving local communities and spreading the word about improved water quality, the Grand River Partnership (GRP) is working to have all 252 miles of the Grand River designated as either a state or federal water trail, from its source near Jackson to its mouth at Grand Haven.

Jen Shaneberger

UIX: Michigan Creative Chambers connects the dots for filmmakers, other creatives in Grand Rapids

What's standing between creativity and economic growth? The Creative Chambers initiative is answering that question and will administer a total of $250,000 in grants over the next three years to various creative projects, including film, graphic design, and storytelling.

Hope Ramesey

Let's get social: Follow sustainable fashion enthusiast Hope Ramseyer

Grand Rapidian Hope Ramseyer discovers and connects with a “slow fashion” community. On Instagram, she shares her insights on her travels, fashion, and favorite foods (@hope.caroline.r) both local and abroad.

RG Cone Apetite

Fighting to end human trafficking, one scoop at a time

With flavors like Almond ‘Bout that Base' and Join the MoveMINT, Cone Appétit couples a joyful treat with a mission to end human trafficking.

Alayna Williams

Leaderboard, 1-0: A VOICES essay on competition and contentment

"Grades and numbers should not be the end or beginning of a person’s potential. There is no way a letter or number or leaderboard can truly measure a person’s intelligence and abilities," says eighth grader Alayna Williams, who in this special VOICES essay, explores competition, confidence, and homework.

 Filmmaking

Despite challenges, West Michigan filmmakers pursue their passions

Despite what some might perceive as a lack of glitz, glamour, or available funding, West Michigan filmmakers are making great stuff, pursuing filmmaking in underrepresented genres like thriller and horror, and celebrating their work in a tight-knit community.

ComcastHappyHour

High Growth Happy Hour: Great beer, positive vibes, and practical encouragement for entrepreneurs

On Tuesday, Grand Rapids area entrepreneurs learned how to better grow their dreams at Rapid Growth’s annual Comcast High Growth Happy Hour at Creston Brewery. Beer taps flowed, plates filled with delicious eats emptied quickly, and the diverse panel of local entrepreneurs spilled the secrets of their success.

Wammack

RapidChat: Jennifer Wammack on a more sustainable Furniture City, USA

What makes Jennifer Wammack great? It's not only her ample resume highlighting 30-plus years experience within the realm of furniture product design. As Director of Outreach at BIFMA, she is ever-so passionate about the Triple Bottom Line of Furniture City, USA.

What the Truck

10 food trucks to watch this summer

Spring has rolled into summer and all of the food trucks around West Michigan are following suit. While you spend the day with your friends and family, be sure to check out one of these 10 unique food trucks.

Maria Erazo

High Growth Happy Hour features local, diverse business owners

On June 11, Rapid Growth will partner with Comcast to bring Grand Rapids their annual High Growth Happy Hour. Read up on our talented small business owner panelists!

midtown

My heart's in Midtown: A Neighborhoods of GR essay

In this special edition of Neighborhoods of GR, writer and former Midtown resident Marjorie Steele dives into her love for the neighborhood's diversity, chill vibes, and affordability.
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