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Ann Conklin, Chief Operating Officer of mParks

Grand Rapids, meet mParks: Major Michigan conference set in home sweet home

Grand Rapids' dedication to green space has not gone unnoticed. The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is holding its major annual trade show in GR, bringing close to 1,000 parks aficionados to Grand Rapids in an effort that showcases our city as a hub for parks and recreation.

Geeking out: Thousands of fans proudly prove Grand Rapids Comic Con's star power

The Grand Rapids Comic Con is growing by leaps and bounds, this year drawing close to 30,000 visitors to the convention that is wonderfully proving 'geek' culture is for everyone.

Matt Fletcher, left, and Rick Harlow, right.

"Balanced Teams Everywhere": Forward-thinking collective returns to Grand Rapids with 2015 Summit

Spearheaded by Matt Fletcher from Atomic Object, the loose group of software professionals known as “Balanced Team” plan to share some of the techniques and methods they’ve developed to help foster diverse, cross-disciplinary project teams when they come to Grand Rapids this summer.


Cool Jobs: Rob Wanhatalo, craft brewer

West Michigan, we know you love to raise a glass of local craft beer, but have you ever wondered what, exactly, a brewer does all day at work? We found out. (Hint: It's more than just drinking beer.) Just in time for this week's American Homebrewers Association conference descending on Beer City, USA, Stephanie Doublestein finds out what Mitten Brewing Company's Rob Wanhatalo does to turn fermented grain into that pint in your hand.


CEOs for Cities: Looking at Grand Rapids through a new lens

CEOs for Cities held its fall national meeting in Grand Rapids this week for the first time ever, and the city put its best foot forward as attendees discussed "The Art of the Collaborative City." Now that the guests have headed home, how does Grand Rapids apply some lessons learned to build an even better place to live? 
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