David Czurak is a former Grand Rapids Business Journal staff reporter who most recently covered city and county government, real estate, construction, architecture and design and sports business.
When two companies merge, both firms acknowledge the risk involved in such a transaction and then hope for the best. Read More
Mark C. Lewis brings varied experiences to his role as executive director of Neighborhood Ventures.
The journey he took to become executive director of Neighborhood Ventures wasn’t a direct path. In fact, there were a few twists and turns along the way — which he thoroughly enjoyed. Read More
Development will add more units to growing residential sector.
A key mixed-use project planned for the city’s near northeast side took another step toward reality last week when the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority approved a development and reimbursement pact with the developer of Lofts on Michigan. Read More
Transfer offers tax break to new owner of historic office building.
Grand Rapids city commissioners recently transferred an obsolete property tax exemption to the new owner of the Pike House, a historic downtown office building at 230 E. Fulton St. Read More
Three-year agreement will assist with adapting to new federal law.
For the first time in roughly a decade, the city of Grand Rapids has a new health care consultant who will help guide its employee coverage through the Affordable Care Act this year and beyond. Read More
Thierica and Firstronic look to increase their work forces the most.
Even though the monetary investment pledged by manufacturers this past year was quite a bit less than the previous year’s figure, the local companies that received industrial tax exemptions in 2013 from the Grand Rapids City Commission have promised to create more jobs than they did in 2012. Read More
Unlike the cable series, the real estate battle isn’t scripted.
While the A&E cable channel’s reality series “Storage Wars” may have introduced viewers to an often overlooked and somewhat specialized niche in the nation’s real estate industry, it hasn’t represented the “war” the sector has been going through for at least the past year. Read More
Most states added industry jobs largely because of public sector spending.
The number of construction jobs in Michigan grew over the past year, but not at a rate that would rank the state as a top job gainer in the industry nationwide. Read More