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Constructing the future: How construction is paving the way for a growing Grand Rapids
By Ken James
Thursday, March 23, 2017
As the Grand Rapids area's population continues to grow faster than anywhere else in the state, construction companies and workers are some of the biggest players helping to mold the city's quickly changing landscape. In this new series from Rapid Growth, we take a closer look at the region's construction industry and the numerous organizations, trends and innovations seeking to create positive advances in our community.
UIX: Essential Needs Task Force is rethinking the way Kent County addresses poverty
By Matthew Russell
Thursday, March 16, 2017
When families have to choose between paying utility bills and affording food, it's hard to find hope. For the many faced with that decision in Kent County, the Essential Needs Task Force is a crucially supportive resource.
How one environmentalist is leading the charge to clean up the polluted Muskegon Lake
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Growing up, Dennis Kirksey never wondered why Muskegon Lake was polluted. Now he chairs the organization that's working to clean it up. Here's how he got involved.
Racial equity here: Mayor Rosalynn Bliss calls for systemic change in Grand Rapids
By Anna Gustafson
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Racial equity. Support for immigrants. A stronger local economy. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss addresses all of this, and more, during her second annual State of the City speech.
How does Grand Rapids become stronger? By ensuring other cities do too
By Allison Spooner
Thursday, February 23, 2017
When growing a strong entrepreneurial community, it's often in our nature to compete for the resources we need to succeed. But, vibrant communities get even stronger when they turn to their neighbors to collaborate rather than compete
Grand Rapids is doing just that.
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Planting the seeds of community: Urban Roots helps grow food justice in Grand Rapids
After community push to support Polish Falcons Aid Society of GR, historic group takes flight
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