Much has changed since the 1820's when Rix Robinson first established his fur trading post at the confluence of the Grand and Thornapple rivers and laid the foundation for modern day Ada. Or has it?

Sure Ada has a booming residential market, big plans to dress up the village center, and the global headquarters of the multi-billion dollar Amway Corporation.

But the community's wild and wooded character, and its prime location outside the busy county seat of Grand Rapids, continues to attract entrepreneurs, residents, and visitors. The challenge in the coming decades is to maintain the high quality of life that's stood for nearly 200 years.

For more information on Ada visit the Rapid Growth:
City Guide

Development News DN Artisan Flowers

Artisan Flowers in Ada leaves historic ‘Little Red Schoolhouse’ for new space

Development News DNnoco

New Noco Provisions offers regional classics from around the country

Locally-owned Kingma's Market coming to Ada

DMC Design plans for new Ada Village offices

Feature Story Shelly Irwin

RapidChat: Shelley Irwin

The Right Place, Inc. celebrates 30th anniversary with local music, business leaders

Feature Story Gwadue Bossuah

RapidChat: Gwadue Bossuah

Feature Story Scott Townley

UIX: Scott Townley, Alison Morgan cultivate Hope

The People's Pub: The Ada Pour House is a gastropub for everyone

Feature Story FTtommyed6

G-Sync: The State of Design in West Michigan (Part 2)

Development News DNriverhouseada

Ada's Bistro Chloe Elan to close -- but it's not what you think

Development News Dnartscarafes

Artistic expression, relaxation, and fun -- Arts & Carafes Studio welcomes adults, kids