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Feature Story Citizen Labs

UIX: Citizen Labs’ volunteer data scientists are making a difference with maps

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Citizen Labs' work is a photo album, one that's connecting open-sourced data points from regional nonprofits and government to informative and interactive web-based dashboards, and keeping residents throughout the state informed of the actions their government is taking.


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Mass incarceration and women: How two Grand Rapids programs help those returning overcome barriers

Mass incarceration is an epidemic eating away at our communities, and women face unique barriers when reentering society. Meet two nonprofits working to support these women with employment, housing, childcare, and one-on-one mentorship.

Feature Story Central District Cyclery

The Grand Rapids neighborhood using public murals as a catalyst for community art conversations

In the Creston neighborhood, local artists have taken on art accessibility as their personal mission in the form of colorful, expansive outdoor murals, hoping to beautify their outdoor spaces while inviting neighbors and visitors into a moment of artistic exploration.

Feature Story Juan Carlos Angulo

RapidChat: Juan Carlos Angulo on the process of petitioning permanent U.S. residence

It’s been a long process since Juan Carlos Angulo first moved to Michigan from Mexico City. Three years later, Rapid Growth follows up with him on his demanding journey from work visa to U.S. residency.

Feature Story Alison Arnold gives a presentation on trauma-informed care to CMU's Association for the Education of Young Children.

Here's how educators are learning to empathetically foster resilience in children affected by trauma

Traumatic events are sadly common in childhood, but the practice of trauma-informed education is helping to better understand and support the children who experience them.

Feature Story home repair services

Predatory loans & the local economy: Nonprofits help borrowers mitigate risk & repair their finances

For those with no, limited, or negative credit, having access to capital is increasingly challenging. As such, predatory loans have seen an uptick and are targeting segments of the population. Local organizations including North Kent Connect and Home Repair Services are working to assist community members improve their financial literacy and avoid predatory practices.

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Las organizaciones ayudan a los prestatarios reparar sus finanzas después los préstamos depredadores

Para aquellos sin crédito, limitado o negativo, tener acceso al capital es cada vez más difícil. Como tal, los préstamos predatorios dirigidos a ciertos segmentos de la población están aumentando. Las organizaciones locales, incluidos North Kent Connect y Home Repair Services, están trabajando para ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad a mejorar su educación financiera y evitar prácticas predatorias.

Feature Story Denavvia Mojet

G-Sync: The Black and Brown Cannabis Guild's Denavvia Mojet on GR's first Expungement Resource Fair

On a rainy Saturday morning while many folks were warm and dry safely ensconced inside all over the city, a group of individuals, many of whom had traveled from all around the state, were standing outside in a line during this fall downpour waiting to get inside LINC UP’s gallery for the first Expungement Resource Fair.

Feature Story Studio C

New Studio Park is so much more than a movie theatre

The new $160 million, 62,500-square-foot mixed-use development project Studio Park opens this fall and will include Celebration Cinema, One Twenty Three Tavern, The Listening Room, and so much more.

Feature Story Dana Doll

RapidChat: Dana Doll & Michelle Hoexum on Opportunity Zoning implications for Treetops Collective

By structuring their new project with donations and opportunity zone investments, Dana Doll, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Treetops Collective — who focuses on connecting New American women with their new community—is excited to partner with investors and donors in restoring a 100 year old building on the South Division Corridor. With the help of Michelle Hoexum, CEO of Propeller, they will be building out new spaces, enabling them to partner with other leaders who are working with New American families.

Feature Story Velocity Research

G-Sync: Velocity Research’s Dugan Karnazes on adding more money to freelancers' pockets

Dugan Karnazes enters our local scene with his startup Velocity Research that is changing our community’s freelancers and businesses for the better.

Feature Story Mel Trombley.

For new moms, mood disorders are more common than you think – but here's how we can help

20% to 25% of women are at risk for first-time onset of mental illness after they give birth. But proactive interventions, support systems for moms who suffer, and more open-minded discourse can make a difference.

Feature Story Christina Pavlak.

Michigan’s home visiting programs bring support to new parents

A wide range of perinatal home visiting programs bring professional support to Michigan's new moms and moms-to-be, helping to fill the void of community support and develop vital skills. 

Feature Story whitmer list

Michigan to join Confluence of States bolstering outdoor recreation industry

Leaders from across sectors and around the state joined Governor Whitmer recently to advance Michigan's outdoor industry. 

Feature Story UIX Geek Games

UIX: Analog gaming and social meetups drive geek culture in West Michigan

Anyone can be a geek, and at more than 4,000 members strong, the West Michigan Geeks meetup group proves that many are. This group has been growing steadily since 2014, helping geeks of all stripes meet and share interests. As well, a resurgence in tabletop gaming has brought new players off line and on the board, making new friends out of fellow players.

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Big names Do More Good at national nonprofit branding conference


SpringGR open house celebrated expansion and its innovative services for area entrepreneurs


Ambiance GR Kitchen & Lounge to put unique spin on dining and entertainment


Pine Rest/Spectrum Health teletherapy options expand mental health care to more Michigan residents


Kids, pets, and pollinators play it safe at Grand Rapids’ organic parks


Plaster Creek Park “Sneak Peek”: Key City collaborations connect children to nature


Development

Big names Do More Good at national nonprofit branding conference


Ambiance GR Kitchen & Lounge to put unique spin on dining and entertainment


Kids, pets, and pollinators play it safe at Grand Rapids’ organic parks


MomHIVE offers work-from-home mothers co-working, community, and childcare


Bean there. Done that: Chicago coffee roasters bring their talents home to Grandville


New Kent County Food Policy Council will champion good food for all


Innovation

SpringGR open house celebrated expansion and its innovative services for area entrepreneurs


Pine Rest/Spectrum Health teletherapy options expand mental health care to more Michigan residents


Plaster Creek Park “Sneak Peek”: Key City collaborations connect children to nature


Head Start for Kent County opening two new centers for the 2019-2020 school year


Autonomous Vehicle Initiative changing the way we view public transportation


New gardening project promotes community engagement for seniors


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G-Sync

Zoo Goes Boo: Westside is the best side and now with six days of trick-or-treating!

Opening Friday, Oct. 18 (through Oct. 27)
John Ball Zoo, 1300 Fulton W
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WGVU and NPR Pop Up Series: Listening Room’s soft opening debut with Molly

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7:00 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.)
Studio Park, Listening Room, 123 Ionia SW
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Thriller! Chiller!: So much more than just cult films

Opening Tuesday, Oct. 8 (through Saturday, Oct. 12)
Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE
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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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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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