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The Hideout Brewing Company reports impressive growth, new bacon-based beers

With an ever-expanding line of creative and collaborative brews, Grand Rapids' The Hideout Brewing Company has seen incredible growth and expansion since January. The brewery heads into the fall with a wide range of interesting beers on tap at their Plainfield Avenue location - and increasingly available on draft around the region.

According to the article:

"The goal is to get bigger and bigger," says Mike Hermann, Operations, Distribution and Supply Manager at The Hideout Brewing Company. "In January we were sending at about three and half barrels worth of beer a month, and this month we're at 113 barrels."

That's an increase of about 3200% in 10 months.

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GVSU makes Princeton Review's Best Business Schools guide

The Princeton Review has released its list of best business schools for 2014, and Grand Valley State University's Seidman College of Business is on it. 

According to the article:

Grand Valley graduate students in the MBA program said they appreciate their “smart” and “efficient” professors who work diligently to “instill real-world principles” in students and know how to demonstrate solutions to everyday business problems. Students described classes as “cutting-edge” and said professors have real-world experience, which makes a difference in the quality of education they receive at Grand Valley. 

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Metro Health named one of nation's greenest hospitals

Becker's Healthcare Review has named Wyoming's Metro Health Hospital one of the greenest hospitals in the nation, recognizing its LEED certification and sustainability initiatives.

According to the article:

Metro Health was one of only seven hospitals in Michigan to receive the recognition for its sustainability initiatives.  Becker’s called Metro and other acute-care hospitals on this year’s list “forward-thinking institutions that lead sustainability efforts by example” and “demonstrate how environmental sustainability is a shared responsibility.”

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Huff Post examines fiscal practices of Grand Rapids, Detroit

In an article entitled "A Tale of Two Cities," the Huffington Post examined the fiscal and strategic planning policies of Grand Rapids, citing its "lean" management techniques as one reason the city has thrived while Detroit has struggled over the last decade.

According to the article:

I can't help but think that if only Detroit had been more strategic and willing to face the issues and make the changes and sacrifices necessary to become more efficient, this "Tale of Two Cities" would have had a happier ending for both cities. There is still time to adopt this framework and make a critical difference.

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HopCat voted second-greatest beer bar in nation

In its second annual survey, CraftBeer.com readers voted Grand Rapids' HopCat as the second-best beer bar in America. 

According to the article:

CraftBeer.com asked readers to nominate their favorite craft beer bars in the country, and received over 5,000 nominations, a 117 percent increase from last year. The choices were then narrowed down to the 10 most nominated bars in each of the five regions of the country. Over 37,000 votes were cast in total, a 23 percent increase from last year, resulting in the top three overall and regional winners. Voting was conducted from August 19 until August 30.

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Grand Rapids a top place to retire in U.S.

Grand Rapids is among the ten best U.S. cities in which to live frugally and happily as a retireee, according to AARP The Magazine, which released its picks in its October/November issue.

According to the article, Grand Rapids has a "sense of community," plus great food, beer, hockey, and art in an affordable environment. Read the rest of the article here.

Rockford-based Wolverine Worldwide has great third quarter

Rockford-based shoe and clothing company Wolverine Worldwide has exceeded expectations with $54.4M in earnings in the third quarter of 2013, causing its share price to rise accordingly.

According to the article:

Wolverine Worldwide’s fiscal third-quarter net income climbed 66 percent, as footwear sales improved across many of its brands.

The shoe and clothing company's performance beat analysts' estimates. It also raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast again on Tuesday, citing its year-to-date performance.

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ArtPrize 2013: Winners announced, venues report record attendance

ArtPrize 2013 is winding down, but the fifth annual Grand Rapid event saw record crowds at venues even before Top 10 winners were announced last week.

According to the article:

“When you put a frame around something, you see it differently," said David Rosen, president of Kendall College of Art and Design, at the ArtPrize Awards Night on Friday.

"ArtPrize puts a frame around three square miles of Grand Rapids. It attracts the eyes of the world to our little Garden of Eden of creativity.”

The Grand Rapids Art Museum, with three nominees for Juried Awards and one winner -- Shahzia Sikander's "The Last Post" -- had a banner event in attendance with more than 1,700 tour guests and 61 scheduled tour groups.

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Billboards in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo generate discussion about religion

A new ad campaign launched this week by the Center for Inquiry-Michigan includes billboards in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and other Michigan cities that encourage readers to consider that 'Millions of Americans are living happily without religion.' They're raising awareness as well as generating both controversy and conversation across the state.

According to the article:

"The main goal is just to help people to know our group is here," said Jennifer Beahan, assistant director of Center for Inquiry-Michigan, in a phone interview. "The point is to help people who aren't religious know there is a community they can be a part of. The second purpose is to help people who don't know a lot of nonreligious people dispel some of the stereotypes."

According to a 2012 Pew survey, 20 percent of Americans are unaffiliated with any religion, with 6 percent describing themselves as atheist or agnostic.

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Grand Rapids among most-generous cities

Grand Rapids comes in at number 13 in a new ranking of U.S. citites using metrics to measure generosity.

According to the article:

Grand Rapidians have always known their city is rich in philanthropy and generous residents.

Now, we know Grand Rapids ranks No. 13 in the U.S. for generosity — or volunteerism and giving, according to NerdWallet.

Read the rest of the article - and see how other U.S. cities stack up - here.

Art experts weigh in on ArtPrize Top 10

At an ArtPrize "Critical Discourse" event on Monday, three art experts, including New York Magazine's Jerry Saltz, weighed in with their opinions on the pieces that made the 2013 Top 10 list. 

From the article:

Artist Adonna Khare, winner of ArtPrize 2012's First Prize for her drawing "Elephants," and artist and art historian Tamara Fox, of Kendall College of Art and Design, joined Saltz on the three-person panel that discussed the Top 10 at the ArtPrize HUB.

Collectively, the three expressed at least some admiration for all 10 of the works to make the final round of ArtPrize 2013.

Time and again, they nudged nearly every artist to push themselves further.

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Grand Rapids as Snack City USA

With a plethora of local corporations finding success in the production of snack foods and cereal bars, West Michigan continues to gain a reputation as a hub for snack manufacturing.

According to the article:

The Grand Rapids area churns out billions of cereal and snack food bars a year, along with products such as Cracker Jack, Bear Naked granola, Pop-Tarts, Rice Krispies Treats, Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter cereal, Kashi brand granola and nut bars, Ralston snack mixes and confections under The Hershey Co. brand, such as Zagnut, Reese’s Crispy Crunchy, Mr. Goodbar and Cookies ‘n’ Crème.

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Local students partner with GVSU for research

Several Whitehall eighth-graders will be learning about environmental sustainability and conducting water quality studies this week aboard a research vessel owned by Grand Valley State University. 

According to the article:

The experience on the vessel provides hands-on experience and brings the excitement of scientific research to the students. The vessel has an onboard laboratory where students analyze water samples from various sites to learn about what factors contribute to water quality. Students will be introduced to the Great Lakes Literacy Principles, and the positive actions they can take to be stewards of the environment. 

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Sprout Lab offers support to agribusiness entrepreneurs

Sprout Lab, an organization designed to help agribusiness entrepreneurs develop and implement innovative business solutions, announced a series of workshops scheduled for November and January.

According to the article:

“Sprout Lab is a way to engage problem solvers in the agriculture, natural resource and energy sectors in exploring further commercial development of their ideas,” said Julie Cowie, program manager for Sprout Lab. “Whether someone has an idea or is just looking to network, the workshops offer a concentrated delivery of information where participants will get a portfolio of regional resources.” 

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ArtPrize juried short list announced

ArtPrize continues to capture the community's attention, and Monday night's announcement of finalists for the Juried Short List created a buzz in the city. Public voting continues this week.

According to the article:

John Yau (2D juror), Hesse McGraw (3D juror) Rashida Bumbray (Time-Based juror), Evan Franch I Gilabert (Best Use of Urban Space juror) and Alice Gray Stites (Best Venue juror) each revealed their top five picks for their respective categories, and discussed how they came to the selections they made.

Read the rest of the article, including jurors' picks in each of the five categories, here.

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