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Relocation

Is it jobs or the lakeshore driving professionals to GR? Recent relocatees share their stories

With low unemployment and an increasing number of jobs, Grand Rapids has a lot to offer relocating professionals. RG explores why professionals from across the country are making the move.

Skot Welch

RapidChat: Skot Welch on helping our youth solve problems through story telling

Founded in 2012 by Skot Welch, The Mosaic Film Experience is a workforce initiative working to prepare our youth to be better problem solvers. "We started Mosaic Mobile because not all schools have access to film equipment. Kids practically live on their phones, and we want to show them the opportunities they have on that particular device," explains Welch.

Jamie KosmickiLIST

RapidChat: Jamie Kosmicki

Before the craft beer industry rose to its current popularity, Jamie Kosmicki was slinging beers at Founders Brewing Company alongside her now husband, Jeremy Kosmicki. As a long-time artist, Jamie further demonstrates how beer and arts go hand-in-hand - both personally and professionally.

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Below the waterline, above the crowd: Peopledesign helps companies change for 20 years

For 20 years, the husband-wife team behind the Grand Rapids strategic design consultancy Peopledesign has not only navigated immense change within their own industry; they’ve made it their mission to help other businesses do the same.

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40 years of the new and now: UICA was contemporary art before contemporary art was cool

"We're not putting any of our resources into preserving the past," says Urban Institute of Contemporary Art Executive Director Miranda Krajniak. Celebrate 40 years with the UICA, the cornerstone of artistic experimentation in Grand Rapids.
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