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UIX: When the future comes to West Michigan, will we be ready?

The future is on its way in the form of advanced technologies and artificial intelligence. In some corners of West Michigan, it's already here, and it's changing the ways we connect with each other, the ways we work with each other, and the ways we write new laws. But, the question remains: Are we ready to embrace it?

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UIX: Finding work in West Michigan with new tools and guidance

New technology offered by private and non-profit organizations in West Michigan is guiding job seekers to their career goals, helping returning citizens get back into the workforce, and even helping new Americans thrive in their communities.

Shorouq Almallah

UIX: How Kooty Keys and medical masks are driving innovation in Grand Rapids

Whether inventing a novel solution or building a billion-dollar business, innovators in West Michigan have a few traits in common. They all share stories of tenacity and curiosity, and there's much more to learn from them at local meetup groups like the Grand Rapids Inventors Network or the Michigan Inventors Coalition, or in more academic environments like GVSU's Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Plastics Recycling

UIX: Grand Rapids has a plastic problem, and here's who's helping fix it

Plastic waste is a growing problem, in Grand Rapids, in West Michigan, in the United States, and the rest of the world. Here are the individuals and businesses that are working to use and reuse plastic more sustainably.

Swift

UIX: Sustainable printing in Grand Rapids goes back decades before B Corps were cool

Printers hold a responsibility to their clients, the community, and the environment. As a B Corporation, Swift Printing takes that one step further, putting people and planet over profits. Meanwhile, Crop Marks pushes for environmental sustainability in everything it produces, which is quite a lot.
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