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Grand Rapids Ballet Company premieres "Black Swan White Swan"

"Black Swan White Swan," a modern look at ballet classic "Swan Lake," premieres at the Grand Rapids Ballet Company.

According to excerpts from MLive:

Grand Rapids Ballet Company opened its new production of "Black Swan White Swan" on Friday in GRBC's Wege Theatre, the final production of the company's 40th anniversary season.

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GRPS, arts community to work on International Baccalaureate program

Grand Rapids Public Schools and The Grand Rapids Symphony may work together on a rigorous, educational arts program. 

The Grand Rapids Symphony [Monday] got positive feedback from the school board about joining the arts community in exploring an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) for pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students.

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Grand Rapids competing to be named Beer City USA

Grand Rapids is now tied with three-time with Asheville, NC for the title of "Beer City USA."

According to excerpts from MLIVE:

Grand Rapids and Asheville are currently tied in the annual poll hosted by homebrew pioneer Charlie Papazian, which has crowned the North Carolina city as the top American city for craft brewed beer three years in a row.

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Grand Rapids is a "Playful City"

Grand Rapids' parks and playgrounds earn the city a Playful City USA designation from KaBOOM!

According to excerpts from MLIVE:

Grand Rapids is one of 213 Playful City USA communities being recognized this year by the Washington, D.C. non-profit KaBOOM! for efforts to increase play opportunities for kids. Two other Michigan communities, Holly and Luther, also made the list.

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NewGeography.com survey shows job market growth in Grand Rapids, Grand Haven-Holland

A national survey conducted by NewGeography.com shows considerable improvement in job markets in Grand Rapids, Holland and Grand Haven.

According to excerpts from MLIVE:

A new survey of job growth rates in medium-sized cities ranks the Grand Rapids area as 10th best in the U.S., a 30-place improvement from the survey’s 2011 ranking.

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Food truck hearing scheduled for June 12

According to excerpts from MLIVE:

The food truck ruckus will continue next month as elected officials take up the debate. Grand Rapids City Commission this morning decided to hold a June 12 hearing on proposed food-truck regulations.


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A Petoskey-themed shoe is in the works

Grand Rapids' Premier will team with Nike to introduce new Petoskey Stone-themed sneaker, "Petoskey Stone Dunk."

According to excerpts from Petoskey News:

The shoe was designed by Premier and Nike for the 11th anniversary of Premier. To pay tribute to the store's Great Lakes roots, the leather of the blue and gray shoe is embossed with Petoskey stones and will feature a tote bag with a Petoskey stone print.

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Sausages and vending machines split 5x5 Night winnings

May's 5x5 Night, the last before a break, splits the $5000 prize between Link Love Artisanal Sausage and Fit2eat Vending.

According to excerpts from MLIVE:

Link Love Artisanal Sausage,” an idea submitted by Grand Haven-native Kristen Bergers Fauson received $2,500 from the judges panel, as did “Fit2eat Vending,” an idea submitted by Randy Byrne of Grand Rapids for a vending machine business

that would stock healthy snacks.

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Mia and Grace to bring pop-up culture to Muskegon

According to excerpts from MLIVE:

Pop-up retail spaces, in which businesses temporarily open up a store or restaurant, are a growing trend nationwide.
"It's pretty common in bigger cities where chefs will go into a different venue and just take over for the day and do their own food," said Jamie Paquin, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Jeremy.


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Grand Rapids' BlueWater Technologies experiences sales growth

BlueWater Technologies' Grand Rapids office is far ahead of their annual sales goal.

According to excerpts from Market Watch:

Continuing its 2011 momentum into 2012 Q1, BlueWater's Grand Rapids office is already at 60-percent of its annual goal for the year.

"Anticipating our rapid growth in 2012, I began growing our team across departments including sales, engineering and project management," said BlueWater Technologies' Regional Vice President Tobi Tungl. "Already this year we've had more business than we did in 2011 and we're still growing. It's an exciting year for BlueWater."


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Applied Imaging's John Lowery talks about their success

Michigan's Small Business Person of the Year, John Lowery, talks about Applied Imaging's success.

According to excerpts from MLIVE:

Michigan’s 2012 Small Business Person of the Year says his company has grown in the copying and imaging business. But the company’s future lies beyond paper, said the 56-year-old entrepreneur.

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New website follows the growth of small businesses

A new website tracks the job growth of small business in Michigan.

According to excerpts from MLIVE:

The website tracks jobs added by small businesses in Michigan and includes details on where those jobs are being added and what industries are doing the hiring. It touts 3,270 jobs added so far in 2012.

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Site36 the new name of former GM plant

Site36 is the name now being used to market the former GM stamping plant in Wyoming to a potential new owner.

According to excerpts from MLIVE:

The 92-acre site that was once home to a General Motors stamping plant will make an ideal home for the next generation of high-tech manufacturing plants, according to officials from the city and The Right Place economic development program.

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Two self-service kiosks to appear in City Hall

This summer will see the arrival of two self-service kiosks in City Hall.

According to excerpts from MLIVE:

Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday approved a $9,188 purchase of two Zivelo self-service kiosks that are set to arrive this summer. The units initially will be placed inside City Hall, 300 Monroe Ave. NW, and later will be located in other city buildings and public and private locations.

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Forbes names Grand Rapids one of the best cities for raising a family

Forbes Magazine lists Grand Rapids as one of the best cities  in which to raise a family.

According to excerpts from Forbes:

What Grand Rapids does have: the distinction of being the best metro area in the country to raise a family in. Income may be relatively low, but the cost of living is even lower. The local school system ranks in the top third in the country. Commuting to work is a breeze. The housing foreclosure mess didn’t leave Grand Rapids unscathed, chopping about 12% off area home values over the past few years.

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