West Michigan In The News
Cultural diversity is a key factor in creating a welcoming and attractive environment that draws talented professionals from a variety of backgrounds to West Michigan, and one group is celebrating a decade of promoting cultural growth by breaking down racial barriers.
With an eye to transforming a childís environment into a hands-on learning and growth experience, the Grand Rapids Childrenís Museum was one of three to garner national attention this month for its innovative programs, bringing home honors and a cash award.
Area nonprofit housing developers have invested millions in revitalizing Grand Rapids residential neighborhoods and now theyíre stepping up to help the city save hundreds of homes left in the wake of the recent foreclosure epidemic.
Amid a nationwide movement to harness wind power and reduce greenhouse gases, three Wisconsin developers have launched a feasibility study for establishing wind farms offshore in Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
Housing, entertainment, banking, and retail are just some of the industries expecting to reap the benefits of some 400 medical school students who will relocate to Grand Rapids each year to attend the MSU College of Human Medicine.
If a recent allocation of $45 million in tourism promotion monies garners a significant return on investment, the funding boost could become the stateís proving ground that garners the tourism industry longterm funding.
In the wake of one of the countryís largest pharmaceutical firms leaving the region, the dream of a thriving life sciences corridor in southwest Michigan got a major boost this week with the announcement that thousands of new research and development jobs are to be had.
Michigan economic leaders cleared their first alternative energy hurdle last week when the House approved a package of bills establishing a renewable energy portfolio standard, touted as the key factor in attracting clean energy manufacturing, investment, and jobs.
Earlier this month Michigan established a tax incentive package to entice filmmakers to bring what lawmakers hope will be multi-millions of dollars to the stateís economy and create new local jobs in the film industry.
The horror stories about Michiganís mass exodus of college grads might leave one wondering if there are any young people left in the state. But GVSUís record says an amazing 79 percent of its grads are finding jobs right here in West Michigan.
With a financial boost from the Grand Rapids DDA, a prime piece of real estate at the gateway to downtown could maximize its historic location with banking services and a much-needed urban grocery.
A workshop at the upcoming MichBio conference will walk biotech companies through the maze of government, quasi-government, and private funding options so technology leaders can generate needed capital and keep their companiesí growth on track.
The federal government has released $74 million to 43 states for cleaning up contaminated and obsolete sites, and for the first time in history Michigan receives a portion of the funding.
Good, hopeful, uplifting events are happening all around us in Michigan, and one resident, during a trip to New York, says the national opinion of the state isnít informed by the good stuff because itís just not getting enough press.
As one developer clears the first hurdle toward securing brownfield credits to demolish an outdated furniture store on Grand Rapidsí northeast side, a second developer scrambles to find financing for the cityís most prominent corner lot.