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Feature Story Corey Hart

G-Sync: Radio interview with entrepreneur Corey Hart

On Thursday, July 11, WGVU's Morning Show with Shelley Irwin along with RG's Publisher Tommy Allen welcomed entrepreneur Corey Hart — a Grand Rapids native — who's returned to Grand Rapids after 10 years in California.

Feature Story Carroll Velie

RapidChat: Carroll Velie on her new 'encore career' with the GRAM

After 31 years at Varnum LLP, Carroll Velie was ready for lazy unscheduled days, traveling, and better exercise clothes. But before her final curtain call, Carroll is giving one last performance within her "encore career" as Manager of Fundraising Events at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Feature Story Ruminate

New nonprofit Ruminate gathers food leaders around the table

"Part innovation lab. Part think tank,” Ruminate works to bring together food leaders across industries in the hopes of interrupting, rearranging, or redefining food systems at the local level.

Feature Story Members of Cherry Health's integrated care team confer. The team includes nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, and physicians.

Michigan providers pursue holistic model for more affordable and effective healthcare

Integrated care involves not just physical co-location of services that are often isolated from one another, but also broader community-based solutions that promote good health.

Feature Story The board for the DAAC in the new building.

These two organizations are partnering up in an epic relaunch

Balancing creative expression and the need for capital, Gaia Cafe and the Division Avenue Arts Collective have partnered up to rebirth their community-loved institutions in Creston.

Special Report Audrey Smith with a webcam used to connect child psychiatrists to students.

How technology is bridging gaps between healthcare and underserved populations

Technology is not the solution in and of itself for the many systemic factors that create health disparities in Michigan. But it does have wide-ranging potential to provide support for those who suffer from those disparities.

Feature Story Jonathan Jelks

RapidChat: Jonathan Jelks on why entrepreneurship doesn't have to be a lonely road

As a true proponent for creation over competition, Jonathan Jelks — Co-Founder of GR USA, Ambiance GR, The Midwest Tech Project, and most recently, Motu Viget Spirits — confidently works with like-minded younger-generation entrepreneurs to bring diverse culture, businesses, and entertainment to GR.

Feature Story Larue Layton

How three local business owners are investing in a reinvigorated Muskegon

Having long-term ties to Muskegon is a common thread amongst the owners of three early stage businesses on the lakeshore. The Only Cannoli, Seaway Tours, and Kuntry Cookin’ are all working to further engage with their community and introduce both residents and visitors to new experiences. They are also primed and ready to capitalize on the growth and development taking place throughout the city.

Feature Story Larue Layton

Cómo tres empresarios locales están invirtiendo en un Muskegon revigorizado

Sus largos y estrechos vínculos con Muskegon, son un hilo común entre los propietarios de tres negocios en cierne localizados a orillas del lago. The Only Cannoli, Seaway Tours, y Kuntry Cookin, trabajan comprometidos con su comunidad introduciendo a los residentes y visitantes hacia nuevas experiencias. También están preparados y listos para capitalizar el crecimiento y el desarrollo que tiene lugar ahora en toda la ciudad.

Feature Story CyberSecurity101

UIX: Meet the new program training West Michigan’s professionals on cyber security threats

When it comes to cybercrime, the question is no longer if you will be affected, but when, and with more than 300,000 open jobs in the cyber security field, many companies struggle to keep up with hackers. A new facility in Grand Rapids' Westside neighborhood is training cyber security professionals to fight back against these threats.


Feature Story waters trail

Designating the Grand River Water Trail: Improving water quality, recreation, and local economies

Involving local communities and spreading the word about improved water quality, the Grand River Partnership (GRP) is working to have all 252 miles of the Grand River designated as either a state or federal water trail, from its source near Jackson to its mouth at Grand Haven.

Feature Story Dirt Dogs

Riding into a love of the outdoors with GR Dirt Dawgs

Members of the GR Dirt Dawgs hit the trails to learn mountain biking, an appreciation for nature, and how to take care of local trails. From ages two to 15, the nonprofit is spreading the love of mountain biking to all ages.

Feature Story Tom Bulten

UIX: Grand Rapids’ first Bicycle Action Plan reflects the future of urban transportation

Public transit and dedicated lanes for non-motorized vehicles make it possible for more people to get to their jobs, homes, schools, and other destinations faster and more reliably than ever before, but they've also faced challenges in implementation, not just from city leaders, but from residents themselves. Here are the people who are finding out just how Grand Rapidians feel about bicycling in their city, and the plans they are implementing to increase bicycle access, adoption, and awareness.

Feature Story Josh and Elizabeth Sinclair

RapidChat: Josh and Elizabeth Sinclair tackle rental real estate in Grand Rapids

After purchasing their first home in Midtown in 2016, Josh and Elizabeth Sinclair took the plunge into entrepreneurship and established their own property management company — Sinclair Properties LLC. The two discuss the challenges and opportunities in this rapidly growing market.

Feature Story Calder

Seeking a quintessentially Grand Rapids summer? Check out these 9 events

Kick start your #puremichigan summer with these nine activities that make sticking around town worth it.

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“Lunch” at the farmers market: Catering duo serves lunch and supports local nonprofit


Start Garden planting seeds of diversity for future minority-owned startups


Uptown tree project forges powerful partnership


MLK Park Neighborhood Quality of Life Study: Celebration announces action steps


$410,000 Thrive Outside grant supports outdoor recreation


More than pampering, spa helps clients overcome trauma


Development

“Lunch” at the farmers market: Catering duo serves lunch and supports local nonprofit


Uptown tree project forges powerful partnership


MLK Park Neighborhood Quality of Life Study: Celebration announces action steps


More than pampering, spa helps clients overcome trauma


Workshop launches Absolutely Accessible Kent Campaign: Paralympian architect facilitates workshop


Awards Gala spotlights Latinx impact on local economy: "We are here to make a true contribution."


Innovation

Start Garden planting seeds of diversity for future minority-owned startups


$410,000 Thrive Outside grant supports outdoor recreation


The Age-Friendly Grand Rapids initiative begins three-year action plan


USA Hockey event projected to generate $2 million in economic impact


Little Space Studio changing their approach to creative co-working


LOFT fulfills niche for tech software aftercare


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G-Sync

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee farewell stop in GR

Friday, July 19, 7:00 p.m. (doors), 8:00 p.m. (show time)
20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave. NW
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Goat Yoga: Downward dog, open sky, and baby goats

Thursday, July 18, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Dorr to Eden, 4050 24th Street, Dorr
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Creston. After Dark: A funky reboot of a neighborhood street fest

Saturday, July 13, 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Creston Neighborhood, Plainfield Avenue between Leonard and Grove
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From small pop-up galleries to large cultural institutions to national attention-grabbing events like ArtPrize, Grand Rapids' arts and culture scene has a diverse mix of offerings that will appeal to people of all stripes.

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West FultonRead More

The West Fulton district, often referred to as the 'U to the Zoo,' runs along its namesake street from Grand Valley State University's booming downtown campus on the east to historic John Ball Park and Zoo on the west.

 

In between is a mix of popular locally owned businesses – such

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