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RapidChat: Jason Russell

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, Jason Russell made the decision to pivot his career. With a daughter in elementary school and two other children in preschool, Jason leveraged his previous experience as a U.S. Secret Service agent to create Secure Education Consultants - School and Childcare Security Experts.


A line in the sand: How Voters Not Politicians aims to end gerrymandering in Michigan

Empowering 3,500 volunteers to collect over 425,000 signatures in all 83 counties of Michigan, Voters Not Politicians, a group formed by Aquinas alumna Katie Fahey, aims to end gerrymandering in Michigan this November.

The Pearl Mist cruise ship on its way to Muskegon this past summer.

With embrace of the waterfront, a new era comes to Muskegon

Muskegon is undergoing massive change. Major waterfront development is on the horizon, there's increased investment in the city, recreational opportunities abound, businesses are opening, companies are moving there. Why is this all happening? Look to its water.


Rapid Blog: Iím white, Iím racist, and so is our immigration system

This op-ed is part of Rapid Growth's Rapid Blog series, which highlights the voices of leaders making positive change in Grand Rapids. This week's post from Attorney Liz Balck Monsma is a response to President Trump's removal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


Rapid Blog: The power of collective voice: Speaking up, speaking out, and making real change

"Empathy and the commitment of not violating one’s dignity is where I believe we can find real, tangible solutions." In this week's Rapid Blog, Grand Rapids Second Ward Commissioner Joe Jones discusses empathy, community engagement, and the power of speaking up.
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