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Ashley Cole in her home office.

New ways of working in West Michigan, part two

For an increasing percentage of the local workforce, going to work no longer means commuting to a corporate office from nine to five. John Rumery takes a look at some non-traditional environments in this two-part series that showcases West Michigan's best co-working spaces as well as some unusual mobile working arrangements.


MAPAS: How better information makes better communities

In the quest for better communities, knowing is half the battle, and MAPAS and Community Profles are making the right information available locally. J. Rae Young sits down with Jeremy Pyne to find out about the tools West Michigan is using to build tomorrow's neighborhoods.

Jonathan Pichot

RapidChat: Jonathan Pichot

Third time's a charm for Rapid Growth's new Q&A series, RapidChat. This week, we chat with Jonathan Pichot, a self-taught programmer with a passion for software and cities. He talks about the social aspect of software development, muses on writing code and speaking French, and elaborates on how technology can be used to engage citizens in local government.


WMCAT app design class proves mutually beneficial for students and city

Students on WMCAT's app design team are discovering their city while learning about design thinking in a unique partnership with Mutually Human and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Lauren F. Carlson peeks into the process as the team takes the leap from concept to reality.


RapidBlog: Ideas come to life at Startup Weekend Grand Rapids [video]

From idea to product in 54 hours, for the fifth straight year, Startup Weekend Grand Rapids showed what happens when ideas and innovation focus on making a difference -- and meeting a deadline.
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