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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.

Development NewsDNuptown

Uptown tree project forges powerful partnership

Uptown Grand Rapids Inc. partnership with the Uptown Corridor Improvement Authority and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will grow tits neighborhoods tree canopy. 

Feature StoryJonathan 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 StoryLarue 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 StoryLarue 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.

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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.


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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.

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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 StoryTom 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.

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

On May 23, residents of the Martin Luther King Jr. Park neighborhood gathered to celebrate their shared vision for improving their own hyper-local community via a quality of life study initiated by the City of Grand Rapids.

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$410,000 Thrive Outside grant supports outdoor recreation

The Thrive Outside Community Initiative recently granted Grand Rapids $410,000 to implement an outdoor recreational program focusing on youth.

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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.

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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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For GR’s self-care entrepreneurs, individualism and expertise are key in booming industry

As the wellness industry booms in West Michigan, self-care entrepreneurs strive to create a unique experience for their patrons, showcasing their values — and their personality — with each service.

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Para los emprendedores de self-care de GR, el amor a si mismo y la experiencia son la clave

A medida que crece la industria del bienestar (wellness) en el oeste de Michigan, los empresarios de self-care se esfuerzan por crear una experiencia única para sus clientes, mostrando sus valores y su personalidad con cada servicio.

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UIX: This city-run nonprofit has been supporting community enrichment for over a decade

The Greater Wyoming Community Resource Alliance has been supporting and funding local initiatives that build culture and connection between West Michigan neighbors since 2011. Programs like the Godfrey-Lee band camp, Pinery Park Little League, and regional tornado preparedness efforts have all been assisted by this city-run nonprofit. The fund has been growing every year, and the plan is to give it all away.

Feature StoryDiane Griffin

G-sync: Catching up with Diane Griffin of Griffin Properties

Rapid Growth's Publisher Tommy Allen sat down with Griffin Properties' Diane Griffin to hear first-hand from one of our area's top realtors who entered the marketplace in 2005 right as the property values were about to begin a long slide.

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Women fill the gaps: Training and empowering the next generation of skilled trades professionals

Though for centuries overlooked in the skilled trades, women are making a comeback in a big way in construction. Equipped with ambition and seeking out educational and training programs tailored specifically for them, Michigan women are building the future—one brick, beam, or conquered stereotype at a time.

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Rapid Blog: Jenn Fillenworth interviews 4 women chefs working to bridge the gender gap in local food

Jenn Fillenworth, MS, RD, is a chef and registered dietitian with a passion for sustainable food systems and culinary medicine. In her Rapid Blog, Fillenworth interviews four local female chefs working to bridge the gender gap in West Michigan restaurants.

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Michigan women bust stereotypes, find success in Professional Trades

In Michigan, there will be an estimated 47,000 openings annually through 2026 in the Professional Trades. These are the stories of three Michigan women who have found rewarding careers in these sometimes-stigmatized jobs.


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