Carole Valade

Carole Valade

Carole Valade is editor of Gemini Publications, which includes Grand Rapids Business Journal, Grand Rapids Magazine and Michigan Blue Magazine. Email Carole at cvalade at grbj dot com. Follow her on Twitter @valadester

ARTICLES

Heeding rankings will help sustain West Michigan business achievements

April 29, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal notes this week the number of West Michigan companies that have attained rank in the Michigan Business and Professional Association’s 2016 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, an honor especially for its rigorous evaluation in 15 categories with 30 pages of documentation. Read More

The parking issue: follow the money

April 15, 2016
Downtown Grand Rapids is officially in the throes of a parking emergency, one that has come with warnings and statistical evidence for more than four years, even as taxpayer-funded parking areas were sold off to developers. Read More

21st Century Cures Act has important ramifications in Grand Rapids

April 8, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal is reporting on the proposed legislation, the 21st Century Cures Act, recently spotlighted at the Van Andel Institute for its bolstering of funding for young researchers (among all others). Read More

Walker, GR boundary transfer is a ‘win-win’ for regional economy

April 1, 2016
The cities of Grand Rapids and Walker will hold public hearings next week on a “boundary transfer” from Walker to Grand Rapids to accommodate a developer eyeing a multi-million dollar mixed use industrial park. Read More

Veterans Home’s disregard for care is black eye for Michigan

March 25, 2016
Grand Rapids health care institutions often tout various laurels bestowed upon them by national agencies and nonprofits. Read More

Crisis management demands action, not politics

March 18, 2016
Gov. Rick Snyder sat for a grilling by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last week regarding state government failures over the Flint water crisis and the impact of Michigan’s “emergency manager” law on the crisis. Read More

The defense against medical monopolies, cost hikes

March 11, 2016
Yet another artful dodge of the Michigan Certificate of Need process will cost the citizens of Ottawa County, particularly in Grand Haven, another jolting increase in health care costs. Read More

Independent physician alliances reduce costs, improve outcomes

March 4, 2016
Independent physicians, assailed for a decade by ever-expanding health care systems that swallow physician groups whole, and by the health care insurance industry prowling for the cheapest rates, are coming together across the Midwest to form affiliation networks. Read More

Michigan begins to crumble for lack of oversight, accountability (the bill is in the mail)

February 26, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal is reporting on The Education Trust-Midwest study, “Accountability for All: 2016,” which shows 80 percent of Michigan charter schools performed below the state average for academic achievement in both math and reading. Read More

City to income and property taxpayers: ‘Take the bus’

February 19, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal reports show a steadily increasing number of downtown developments now coming to fruition — and every one of them devours yet another parking area with no replacement plan. Read More