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

The New Kent County Food Policy Council will inform local policy impacting food production, consumption, and access, and raise public awareness about the local food system’s impact on the area’s environmental, social, and economic health.

Innovation News Autonomous

Autonomous Vehicle Initiative changing the way we view public transportation

Over the next year, until July 2020, the Grand Rapids Autonomous Vehicle Initiative (AVGR) has partnered with May Mobility, a company working towards safe and reliable transportation, to pilot a test study of self-driving public transportation.

Feature Story Chris Martinez

RapidChat: Chris Martinez on his newest role on the Varnum Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council

Identifying both as Hispanic/Latino and as a part of the LGBTQ community, Chris Martinez is an evident fit for Varnum's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council. As its newest member, Martinez will provide vital insights from both his personal experience and role in leadership development at the YMCA.

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UIX: These small gardens are keeping our watershed clean with native plants

Small raingardens in front of homes in West Michigan are helping clean and cool polluted runoff water before it reaches one of the most critical watersheds in the area. The Plaster Creek Stewards are behind it all, and their impact is growing.

Innovation News Bates Place Staff Member Josh Holwerda.

New gardening project promotes community engagement for seniors

Allen Manor senior housing facility has started a gardening project in collaboration with Bates Place with the hope that it builds a stronger connection between the residents and their local communities.

Feature Story Andrea Wallace

Andrea Wallace, aka "SuperDre," answers 6 questions from Rapid Growth

In these "Six Questions with Andrea Wallace," local DJ SuperDre shares her thoughts on entrepreneurship, innovation, and working with friends.

Development News MSU Medical Mile

Brownfield approval moves forward new MSU-affiliated medical innovation building

City of Grand Rapids’ Brownfield Redevelopment Authority approval provides $29 million for the Grand Rapids Innovation Park medical innovation building.

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RapidChat: Quynh Lai and Ben Wiley of Stock&Candor

Quynh Lai and Ben Wiley of Stock&Candor yearn for their guests to experience food in an entirely new way. The only stipulation: adventurous eaters who can enjoy all foods only. No picky eaters or dietary restrictions allowed.

Feature Story A centering pregnancy group at Covenant Community Care.

Michigan moms-to-be are trading traditional prenatal OB visits for group sessions – and loving it

Centering pregnancy groups offer moms traditional prenatal medical care, but also a social atmosphere that creates strong bonds and has demonstrated positive effects on moms' and babies' health.

Feature Story Andrea Wallace

Local DJ blends beats with business by partnering with fellow entrepreneurs

Andrea Wallace, aka "SuperDre," is back in GR after touring the country for several years. What she brings with her is a wealth of experience in both music and business.

Feature Story Youth delegate Cory Williams.

Young Grand Rapids and Ypsilanti activists gear up for International Congress of Youth Voices

The second annual event will bring together youth from around the world to learn from and network with accomplished writers, activists, elected officials, and other youth delegates.

Development News WMSBF

WMSBF facility tours spotlight local strides towards circular economy

WMSBF took 80 people through the Kent County Waste to Energy Facility and City of Grand Rapids Water Resource Recovery Facility to demonstrate how a circular economy reduces, reuses, and recycles its resources in order to eliminate waste.

Feature Story Suzanne Shulz

How local business impacts community growth and the city planning process

Over 20 years ago, Grand Rapids’ citizens helped create its Master Plan for development. As the time nears to create a new master plan, local citizens and business owners have a powerful voice for the future.

Feature Story Suzanne Shulz

Cómo los negocios locales influyen en el crecimiento y planificación de la ciudad

Hace más de 20 años, los ciudadanos de Grand Rapids ayudaron a crear su Plan Maestro para el desarrollo. A medida que se acerca el momento de crear un nuevo plan maestro, los ciudadanos locales y los dueños de negocios tienen una voz poderosa para el futuro.

Feature Story Weather_Worry_Wonder

UIX: In two weeks, this group built an air quality app that could save lives

Four graduates of a Grand Circus boot camp found out just how important air quality data is to a city when they followed the thread of a dangerous carcinogen on Grand Rapids' Westside. Their app, Weather Worry Wonder, helps residents understand more about their neighborhood air quality than has ever been possible before, and now the team is looking to scale it outwards.

Feature Story Cleveland Sparrow (left) with a student working with a robot.

Michigan students discover Professional Trades careers through hands-on experience

Throughout Michigan, employers and educators are offering programs designed to provide students the tools they need to succeed in careers in the Professional Trades.

Feature Story Dr. David Sova and Megan Sova.

Michigan providers seek to improve whole communities by integrating behavioral and physical health

Primary and behavioral health often feel like different worlds, but the idea of combining the two disciplines has become a commonly discussed solution that can have broad impacts.  

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.

Development News lunch

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

Lunch catering sells ready-to-eat foods harvested from their own gardens at Fulton Street Farmers Market. Their sales help support nonprofit Revive and Thrive.

Innovation News Start Garden

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

Start Garden has partnered with The Grand Rapids SmartZone Local Development Finance Authority to create a two-year incubation program for six minority-owned tech startups.

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