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$45,000 to help local youth

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation's Youth Grand Committee will award $45,000 in grants to organizations that help local youth. 

Grand Rapids Community Foundation puts a lot of trust in local youth. This can be seen in the important responsibilities put on the Foundation’s Youth Grant Committee, a group of high school students who annually help award $45,000 in grants.

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TedxGrandRapids hosts Ideas Worth Sharing

TedxGrandRapids will host ideas worth sharing this weekend at LINC. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

The TEDxGR team will be offering on site information sessions at LINC this Saturday, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about TEDxGrandRapids, learn about the application process, and share your ideas with others.
 
LINC Development Center
1167 Madison Avenue SE
10:30am


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Who Won Local First's Local Motion Awards?

This week, Local First held its annual Local Motion Awards at the Goei Center. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

Brewery Vivant received The Triple Bottom Line, Up & Coming Business Award, which is presented to a locally-owned company in business between two and five years that demonstrates a strong commitment to the business practice either through successful outcomes or innovative programs. Previous winners include: Dwelltech Solutions and MadCap Coffee.
 
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MyGRCityPoints contest will award $50,000 to one local park

A new competition involving MyGRCityPoints could mean a $50,000 for one local park.

According to an excerpt from the article:

Grand Rapids and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks are sponsoring a campaign that lets myGRcitypoints account holders donate points to the city park of their choice.

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The 'Blue Bridge' to get a makeover

Downtown Grand Rapids' 'Blue Bridge' will remain blue, "but better."

According to an excerpt from the article:

Besides re-painting the bridge, the work also involves installing new lighting underneath it. The lights are expected to reflect off the Grand River and add a new nighttime ambiance to the structure. LED lights that change colors will also be added.

“When we complete the restoration, the bridge will be blue, but better,” said Kristopher Larson, DDA executive director.

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Housing Commission plans 90 Section 8 apartments

Grand Rapids Housing Commission has plans to replace Creston Plaza with 90 new apartments. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

Grand Rapids Housing Commission Executive Director Carlos Sanchez wants to replace Creston Plaza — the 100 unit, city owned housing development at 1014 Clancy Ave. NE — with about 90 new apartments targeted for low- and moderate-income residents on the same 12.4-acre site and build the rest about a quarter of a mile southeast of the site.

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Grand Rapids' first gaming/comic convention

Two fans are planning Grand Rapids' first gaming and comic convention, GrandCon. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

Brian W. Lenz and Marc Specter are two passionate fans who are working together to hold the first annual GrandCon 2013. GrandCon 2013 will be held at the Prince Conference Center.

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Grand Rapids is the 7th happiest city for workers

According to a recent article in Forbes Magazine, Grand Rapids ranks number seven when it comes to the happiest cities for workers. 

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GVSU's Michigan Small Business & Development Technology Center receives $3.3 M in funding

GVSU's Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center received $3.3 million in continuation funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

A Grand Rapids-based nonprofit group focused on providing consulting and educational services for businesses throughout Michigan received $3.3 million in “continuation” funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Chicago Tribune reports on new GR breweries

The Chicago Tribune reports on Grand Rapids' newest breweries. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

As if Grand Rapids, Mich., weren't already a beer lover's destination, 2012's Beer City USA recently has gained a few more craft breweries and will host major beer events in February.

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Plainwell Paper in modern times

After five generations of workers and financial hardships, life at Plainfield Paper is now much different. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

So unlike the rest of his family, Moran isn't working with giant machines to create reams of paper. Instead, he's part of a CRA work division doing environmental cleanup on a landfill in New York where toxic sludge was dumped in the 1970s. Moran said he became interested in civil engineering when he toured a cleanup site on the Kalamazoo River with his dad when he was 18.

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Grand Rapids among 12 sustainable cities

Bill Moyers chooses Grand Rapids as one of 12 cities leading the way in sustainability.

According to an excerpt from the article:

In 2011, when The Daily Beast included Grand Rapids in a slideshow of “America’s dying cities,”Mayor George Heartwell responded with an open letter to editor Tina Brown listing the ways in which he says his city is very much alive.

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Competitor Magazine names Gazelle Sports a top running store

Competitor Magazine names Gazelle Sports one of America's top running store for the seventh year in a row. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

This year, Gazelle Sports made it into the top four Best Running Stores in America®, and was recently honored at “The Running Event,” an industry-only trade show held in Austin, Texas.

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Software company Blue Medora receives $1.25M investment

Software company Blue Medora receives $1.25 million investment via Start Garden and Grand Angels. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

"Start Garden is designed to close the funding gap between $0-$500,000 for startup companies," says Rick DeVos, founder of Start Garden. "We're known for providing very early support to projects that are not even considered startups. With the Blue Medora investment, we invested aggressively into seasoned entrepreneurs already working in a space with huge potential that they know very well. It's the aggression to jump on opportunities, whether it's $5,000 or $500,000, which is vital to making our region a great place for entrepreneurs."

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Asheville man visits fellow Beer City

Adam Reinke, Ashville, NC Beer Master, decides to visit fellow Beer City USA for himself. 

According to an excerpt from the article: 

Unbeknownst to Asheville, Grand Rapids would put forth a huge push to tie the four-time incumbent as Beer City USA for 2012. “Grand Rapids...?” was a common question as the poll ended, which made me realize how Portland must have felt when Asheville tied in 2009 — but that’s another story — and with Grand Rapids on the map, this was place I had to visit!

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