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For the Benefit of all: West Michigan B-Corps proliferate

Michigan now has 14 registered B-corps, companies that are certified in environmental and societal stewardship. GR is home to 11 of these conscious companies. Check them out!

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VIDEO: Sturgis Area Community Foundation invests in rural neighborhood revitalization

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 Sturgis Foundation's efforts to revitalize neighborhoods.

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Neighborhoods of GR: The quiet buzz of Fulton Heights

It might be mostly residential, but don't call it sleepy. The neighborhood of Fulton Heights, tucked neatly on the edges of Eastown, Midtown, and Michigan Oaks, has a charm that is quietly buzzing beneath the surface.

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RapidChat: Jamie Cooper

After realizing there was a growth opportunity for medical marijuana in West Michigan, Jamie quickly moved here from Colorado. Nearly four years later, Jamie is the first cannabis entrepreneur being recognized by a mainstream business publication for her efforts with Cannabiz Connection.

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Can Grand Rapids end homelessness?: Part 3, A destination city for homelessness

Because supply meets demand, GR has became a destination for homelessness. How can nonprofits and the community work together to provide the services and care that will redefine our city?

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RapidChat: Jason Russell

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, Jason Russell made the decision to pivot his career. With a daughter in elementary school and two other children in preschool, Jason leveraged his previous experience as a U.S. Secret Service agent to create Secure Education Consultants - School and Childcare Security Experts.

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A line in the sand: How Voters Not Politicians aims to end gerrymandering in Michigan

Empowering 3,500 volunteers to collect over 425,000 signatures in all 83 counties of Michigan, Voters Not Politicians, a group formed by Aquinas alumna Katie Fahey, aims to end gerrymandering in Michigan this November.

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Taking the first step toward moving the needle: Start Garden's 100 Ideas

Promoted as “the easiest way to pitch for $1,000” is Start Garden’s newest endeavor, their 100 Ideas campaign. The goals for this competition include procuring new ideas, infusing capital into the community, and reducing the gap between minority and non-minority owned new business launches.

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My turnaround: A VOICES essay in overcoming challenges in learning

Que’Anna Jackson struggled to find her place in school, often preferring popularity over studying. But her siblings, as well as the Challenge Scholars Program, inspired her that she could do better. This is her story, from her perspective.

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Once we were just a meadow next to the river: Oprah gets it right about GR and open dialogue

After Oprah comes to Grand Rapids for CBS' 60 Minutes, Publisher Tommy Allen reflects on the importance of community dialogue in an era of Facebook.

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Building Grand Rapids: Part 2, growing and greening

Like many American cities that struggled to save their downtowns in the ‘60s, Grand Rapids’ fling with Urban Renewal did little to restore its place as a thriving destination. But with thoughtful and intentional investment, GR's buildings began and continue to rise to the occasion.

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Neighborhoods of GR: All in a day's work downtown

Young professionals, service and government workers, students. There's no comparison to the variety and diversity of working downtown GR. This installment comes to us from former Innovation and Jobs Editor John Rumery, who give us a taste of his perspective working downtown GR.

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The 24/7 Crusade: One woman's fight to end human trafficking in Grand Rapids

Leslie King spent 20 years being sexually trafficked here in Grand Rapids. But her story isn't over. Seeking to help other women escape lives of prostitution, King formed Sacred Beginnings, the city's first survivor-led 24-hour victim advocacy center.

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Can Grand Rapids end homelessness?: Part 2, Not all who wander are homeless

According to both clients and business owners, many of the individuals who congregate and use services in Heartside aren’t homeless at all. Part 2 of the homelessness series explores the stigma around the transient residents of the neighborhood and the complex issues they face.

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RapidChat: Gayle DeBruyn on sustainability from an educator's perspective

Associate Professor at Kendall College of Art and Design Gayle DeBruyn has a knack for design, but a passion for sustainability. As the college's Sustainability Officer, DeBruyn emphasizes the importance of leading by example. "It’s not just about environmental. Sustainability isn’t just about recycling. It’s social and it’s economic."
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