Derek J. Coppess

Derek J. Coppess

Derek J. Coppess is an experienced developer, community advocate and the founder/managing director of Grand Rapids-based 616 Development. His mission: to inspire community by rehabilitating underutilized urban spaces. Follow Derek on Twitter @derekcoppess or email him at derek at 616development dot com


When no one is looking

June 19, 2015
What do you do when no one is looking? Read More

The seven-year cycle

April 29, 2015
The concept of a seven-year cycle has recently occupied much of my thoughts. With spring in the air, it seems appropriate to slow down and ponder the power of cycles, regeneration, new life and potentially your next chapter. Read More

Step out to risk

March 31, 2015
"Leap and the net will appear." -John Burroughs Read More

Learning humility

December 31, 2014
"The more you know, the more you know you don't know." -Aristotle Read More

Thoughts become things

November 13, 2014
Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.” Read More

Interpersonal responsibility

July 30, 2014
“The price of greatness is responsibility.” -Winston Churchill Read More

Who are you competing against?

June 26, 2014
Creation over competition. Read More

What are the new ABCs of sales?

June 24, 2013
Ask any real estate agent — or a sales rep in any other field, for that matter — what ABC means, and they'll tell you. Read More

Can we find the lights?

May 24, 2013
As a naturally optimistic and positive person, the tragic events at the Boston Marathon drained my glass — a glass that used to be half full. Read More

Can Grand Rapids stretch to become a model city?

May 6, 2013
Decades ago, our city’s leaders and visionaries dreamt of a Grand Rapids that was far greater than it was at the time. Unfortunately, I was not at those meetings, but I often wonder what those conversations sounded like. Read More