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Diversity is our strength: GR receives grant to create welcoming task force for new Americans

New American Economy and Welcoming America recently awarded the City of Grand Rapids with a matching $12,500 grant to create a welcoming task force dedicated to researching the best ways to support new Americans in our community.

Plant

Local entrepreneurs collaborate to navigate new cannabusiness industry

After local medical marijuana regulations and statewide recreational use have passed, local advocates and entrepreneurs work together to navigate the new cannabusiness economy.

ACLU Dan Ho

Do you know your voting rights?: ACLU Voting Rights Project Director talks equity and participation

Visiting West Michigan on May 16 as the keynote speaker of the ACLU Standing Together for Justice Luncheon at Frederik Meijer Gardens, Ho aims to spread a message of increased voting rights through systems reform, encouraging states like Michigan to implement modern, equitable practices that make voting simple and accessible for all.

Matthew Clayson

Game over: Enough excuses from Detroit to Grand Rapids

This Rapid Blog comes to us from Matt Clayson, who leads, launches, and scales outcome driven organizations and initiatives. Clayson explores bottom-up solutions for communities across the state, including coming together to solve common problems.

Promise

Promise Zones and place-based scholarships are game changers for families in Grand Rapids

If Grand Rapids becomes a Promise Zone, it would change the game for funding college in the River City. Currently in the process of applying for the designation, the city of GR is prioritizing affordable college education for all.
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