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Local First promotes local food economy with pledge

Local First of Grand Rapids hopes to spur residents to pour thousands of dollars into the local food economy by promoting the 10x10 Pledge this fall. 

According to the article:

The campaign asks people to spend $10 a week on local food sources — for 10 weeks.

Local First is hoping the local food economy will see an injection of $200,000 this year, thanks to The 10x10 Pledge. 

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MSU attracts researchers along with med students

The MSU College of Human Medicine has attracted over a dozen principal investigators to town along with the medical school, and it plans to recruit more researchers here in the very near future to work in fields such as women's health, Alzheimer's, and a range of neuroscience issues. 

According to the article:

And as the scientists bring their talents – and federal research dollars – to the local health care scene, MSU hopes they will draw yet more researchers.

“People don’t fully appreciate that part of what’s happened here in recent years is that people who were wanted and beloved and successful in places like Harvard and Northwestern are now here in Grand Rapids doing this work,” said Jeffrey Dwyer, senior associate dean for research.

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Grand Rapids arts group asks community to re-imagine former Grand Rapids Public Museum

Grand Rapids volunteer arts organization Site:Lab has solicited ideas from the community, asking them to re-imagine the vacant building at 54 Jefferson, the former Grand Rapids Public Museum, as a new, permanent and public space. Ideas will be judged by a panel, and prize money will be awarded to top entries.

According to the article:

The project, which opens to the public on Sept. 18, is showcasing at least 33 conceptual renderings that aim to transform the museum into a new, unique public space with a permanent use — rather than remain mostly closed.

From an indoor adventure sports center with climbing walls to a bicycle-friendly pub to something as simple as an indoor/outdoor urban park, the entries in the 54 Jeff competition range from the absurd to perfectly practical proposals for the future use of the facility.

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Well House celebrates the harvest from its first urban garden

Local nonprofit Well House, which provides safe and affordable housing for the homeless, will celebrate the harvest from its new urban garden with a free block party on Saturday afternoon.

According to the article:

“We’re celebrating the first harvest with our new and expanded urban farming program. We were able to grow food for our tenants, some of our neighbors and sold extra produce at local farm markets,” Tami VandenBerg, executive director of Well House said.  “An urban farm is more than a ‘nice’ thing to do. It provides good, healthy food for people who’ve been without access, some for many years. It provides a skill-building work environment and shows our neighborhood that our yards and open space can be used for community good,” said VandenBerg.

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Founders Brewing opens expanded taproom, new beer garden

Local brewing behemoth Founders Brewing re-opened an expanded taproom and a new outdoor beer garden this week, boasting more space and an enhanced menu.

According to the article:

The brewery substantially upgraded its taproom space, adding 40 percent more floor space, a larger porch and an outdoor beer garden with an outdoor bar.

The outdoor area has features to help it through at least three seasons, including gas heat and extensions for free-standing heaters, as well as two built-in fireplaces.

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ArtPrize returns to Grand Rapids, impacts economy, parking, web traffic and more

As ArtPrize returns to Grand Rapids for its fifth year, it transforms downtown into a giant walkable art exhibition. It also impacts the local economy, parking revenue, cell phone use, Twitter traffic, and transportation in measurable ways. 

According to the article:

The effects of ArtPrize are not to be underestimated. An economic impact study of ArtPrize 2011 determined it added $15.4 million to the local economy, attracted more than 320,000 visitors that year and created the equivalent of 200 new jobs.

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GVSU tops in the midwest

Grand Valley State University was recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report for excellence.

According to an exerpt from the article:

Grand Valley State University has been ranked 5th in the “Top Public Regional Universities in the Midwest” category by U.S. News & World Report.

Grand Valley was also named as one of the four “Up and Comers” for Midwest universities for having recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.

For its prestigious annual Best Colleges 2014 publication, Grand Valley also ranked 41st for “Best in Undergraduate Engineering” programs and 30th for “Best Regional University” in the Midwest.

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DDA wins award for Arena South plan

The Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association last week announced that it was awarding its 2013 Planning Excellence Award to the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority. The DDA got the nod based on its excellent use of public outreach during its Arena South vision planning process.

According to an excerpt from the article:

“'The award is a tribute to our highly creative and capable staff and consultant team and the hundreds of citizens that participated to make the Arena South planning process a success,” said Brian Harris, DDA chairman, in a statement. “We are deeply honored by this recognition.'

The process involved creating a steering committee that was comprised of community members and downtown stakeholders and about a half-dozen events, including a Brew and Do and a Walk and Talk through the district, to get input from the public."

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MSU Med School gears up for expansion

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, in Grand Rapids last week, let the community know that they plan to move forward in the next few years with plans to expand their already successful new medical school and research activities at Van Andel Institute in downtown Grand Rapids.

According to exerpts from the article:

Michigan State University plans to invest in building new facilities in downtown Grand Rapids to help grow the school’s medical research programs.

At a meeting of the Grand Rapids Rotary Club Thursday, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon announced that the first phase of planning for a new biomedical research facility officially starts this week as a cohort of faculty and students from MSU’s Land Policy Institute and School of Planning, Design and Construction are set to kick off several weeks of initial research today.

“The bottom line of this message today is that we are committed to building more research space in this community,” Simon said. “If everything came together perfectly with design and financing and some philanthropic contributions, I think we’re looking at a minimum of two years before any building is complete.”

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Spectrum Health performs West Michigan's first heart-lung transplant on Rockford man

Physicians at Spectrum Health have successfully performed the first heart-lung transplant on a 56-year-old Rockford man. The transplant was the first of its kind in West Michigan and the first in Michigan since 1999. Recipient Jeffrey Sargent received the transplant on August 23 and spoke to the press before going home on September 11. Sargent, who suffered from ideopathic pulmonary carciac hypertension, is encouraging others to become organ donors.

According to excerpts from the article:

Sargent, a 56-year-old Rockford man, became emotional Wednesday, Sept. 11, as he spoke about his life-saving transplant, his organ donor and the medical team that performed the rare operation. Fewer than a couple of dozen heart-lung transplants occur each year in the U.S., according to Gift of Life Michigan.

“I was very, very sick. Getting a new lease on life is hard to get your hands around,” Sargent said at a news conference at Spectrum Health’s Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute. “You wrestle with it every day. It has been truly, truly a great ride.”

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Kendall College, UICA merge

The Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA) merges with Kendall College of Art and Design to support the struggling arts center. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

Both David Eisler, president of Ferris State University, and David Rosen, president of Kendall, understood the importance of a contemporary arts center and moved to support the UICA.

“The UICA sits at the heart of the city,” Rosen said. “That is appropriate, because the heart of our community is its creativity. UICA provides a hub for all who thrive in the creative environment. Any city that wants to be great needs a UICA.”

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Monroe Center's last building to be restored

Restoration of Monroe Center's last building is about to begin. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

With 616 Development close to finishing its restoration of the Kendall Building at 16 Monroe Center, only one structure now is left to convert on the street. And, as one might guess, Rockford Construction will play a major role in that final transformation.

The construction and development firm joined RDV Corp. to form 55 Ionia Partners LLC for the purpose of turning the vacant Morton House, the last empty and unused structure on Monroe Center, into an apartment complex with 100 market-rate units and ground floor retail.

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New coworking space for tinkerers

GR Makers and Mutually Human Software are joining forces to create a coworking space for tinkerers. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

GR Makers and Mutually Human Software have teamed up to provide a coworking space for the tinkerers in hardware and the hackers in software to collaborate and encourage craftsmanship. Samuel Bowles, Mutually Human Software's Vice President, and Casey DuBois, GR Makers founder, hope to provide a space that combines the worlds of hardware and software.

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WiFi planned for Amtrak trains

WiFi service is planned for Michigan Amtrak trains.

According to an excerpt from the article:

The Michigan Department of Transportation is spending about $1 million to install Wi-Fi by January. MDOT anticipates the service will lead to increased ridership and revenues that should more than offset the cost, said spokesman Nick Schirripa.

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Open Systems Technologies ranks as a rapidly growing company

Grand Rapids' Open Systems Technologies ranks on the Inc. 500/5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the seventh year in a row. 

According to an excerpt from the press release: 

“This achievement puts OST in rarefied company,” shared Eric Schurenberg, Editor in Chief at Inc. Magazine. “The elite group they’ve now joined has, over the years, included companies such as Microsoft, Timberland, Vizio, Intuit, Jamba Juice, Oracle, and Zappos.com.”

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