West Michigan In The News
Drawing aspiring attorneys and paralegals to downtown Grand Rapids increases the odds of the city retaining these young professionals.
A prosthetic hand designed for typing has garnered national attention for its inventors—a group of inner city high school students.
One Grand Rapids business development organization helped local entrepreneurs launch dozens of businesses and nearly 100 jobs in the past year.
The phrase “building boom” describes Grand Rapids’ past decade, and it seems it’s an apt sentiment for the near future as well.
Grand Rapids microbreweries have attracted more than loyal local enthusiasts—they’ve attracted national attention and a plethora of “thumbs up” votes for quality.
An innovative public/private partnership between a Grand Rapids development company and the city has inched forward with the promise of the project’s first office tenant and negotiations for a restaurant underway.
After years of study and the subsequent award of some $36 million in federal transportation funding, the state’s most progressive transit system secured a guarantee of matching funds from the state and has authorized the next step of the project—a required environmental study.
A Grand Rapids development duo is on the cusp of launching what could be the inaugural project for a new national model of public/private partnerships that revolutionize urban design and the financial partnerships that make that happen.
The sluggish housing market and other economic woes have had a beneficial side effect for Grand Rapids: a population increase, which results in a healthier economy.
A national study has found that Grand Rapids is one of only 66 major housing markets nationwide where purchasing a home could cost less than renting an apartment and homebuyers could build substantial equity in just 12 years.
Coming on the heels of the signing of the Great Lakes Compact, which safeguards Great Lakes water, state legislators, top researchers, and area business leaders advocated for a 20-year, $20 billion strategy to clean up the Great Lakes; a venture that promises to create jobs and bring billions in statewide tourism and manufacturing.
In mid-September, business and civic leaders from all over West Michigan, and lawmakers from all over the state, will gather in Grand Rapids to discuss and dissect economic policies that matter to the region and will set it on a course for prosperity and jobs.
Auto enthusiasts can join the excitement this October as over 60 cars race into Grand Rapids, the finale of a cross-country road rally designed to raise publicity for missing children rescue. The rally also gives West Michigan an end-of-the-season economic boost.
Grand Rapids’ growing reputation as a preferred city for conventions brings tens of thousands of people and millions of dollars into the local economy, and with that growth in mind, the Convention and Visitors Bureau has selected a new leader with a proven track record to continue the momentum.
As the West Michigan faces the foreclosure crisis and homeowners fight to keep their families in their homes, a new federal bill could rescue up to 15 percent of those homeowners and help to stabilize a struggling economy.