West Michigan In The News
West Michigan's commercial properties are catching the eye of out-of-state investors and last year's estimated $150 million in property investment is the proof.
Although many West Michigan businesses have reduced their workforce in the past year, a recent survey reveals that 52 percent of companies with under 50 employees plan to add technology staff in 2008.
The opportunity to expand to West Michigan clinched the deal for a Detroit-area food producer looking to expand its brand and increase its capacity.
The demand for specialty medical devices is growing and West Michigan's workforce is uniquely skilled to meet the challenge.
Recent holiday shopping events around West Michigan indicate that, as organizations like Local First and area business associations tout the economic advantages of shopping at locally owned businesses, shoppers are listening and taking the information to heart.
If West Michigan is to compete successfully in the global marketplace, the community must welcome and embrace people from different cultural backgrounds, races, and genders.
Investing in modern mass transit is no longer an experiment. Several cities have proven, for example, that spending to build modern streetcar systems can spur economic development that far exceeds the costs of the new infrastructure. Grand Rapids leaders understand that, but they are still conducting a study of the idea before laying the first track.
As cities across North America invest billions in public transit infrastructure to boost their economy and quality of life, residents in suburban and rural Kent County continue to ask for more transportation options. The regional transit agency has pledged $100,000 for a needs study. But the study will cost twice that amount. The challenge is getting county leaders on board.
Although the housing market across the country is in a recession, the Grand Rapids-Wyoming metro area ranks as one of the most affordable housing markets in the US.
After a year of work and study, GVSU's New Music Ensemble launched a landmark CD in October, showcasing one American composer's work.
Businesses reap the benefits of employees who are financially savvy. To that end, advocates of the State Board of Education's mandate that require high schools to teach financial literacy are working to move the concept to include instruction at the elementary school level.
Keeping with a vision to attain 20 percent of its power from renewable energy sources, the City of Grand Rapids has become the biggest player in Consumers Energy's Green Generation program.
The City of Grand Rapids stands at the forefront of the campaign to promote energy innovation and renewable fuels in America. Now the city leaders are considering a proposal to become the largest purchaser of green power from Consumers Energy.
After nearly 35 years of dedicated service, one city employee will retire, leaving some mighty big shoes to fill.
After three years of work, a Grand Rapids-based bible publisher has launched an audio series of the complete Bible as performed by famous African American actors—including Denzel Washington, Alfre Woodard, and Forest Whitaker—backed up by sound effects and original scores.