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


‘Disjointed’ downtown plan replaces realities with idealization

November 20, 2015
Grand Rapids Business Journal has since last year expressed concerns in regard to components of the GR Forward plan that would amend the Grand Rapids Master Plan if approved by the commission Dec. 15. Read More

City’s transformation of business district to residential has consequential ramifications

November 13, 2015
Grand Rapids City Commissioners will, in just a few weeks, determine whether to approve the GR Forward plan, a massive reconstruction of the downtown from the Leonard Street area of Monroe North to beyond the Downtown Market — a plan far more elaborate than the failed 1970’s pedestrian mall “revitalized” in the late 1990s at a cost of $6.4 million and reopened in 2000. Read More

Education scorecard results drain and diminish state Promise Zones

November 6, 2015
The Michigan Senate in late October approved a bill offered by Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, as part of a bipartisan package to increase the number of state-allowed educational Promise Zones from 10 to 15. Read More

Tribal marijuana resorts should give pause to legislators

October 30, 2015
Petitions certified by the Michigan Board of Canvassers have been circulating all summer to provide voters with a 2016 ballot initiative to legalize marijuana and, by September, one group — Michigan Cannabis Coalition led by a former Republican legislative staffer — was passing the half-way point of signatures needed for the statewide ballot proposal. Read More

Forty Under Forty collaborators: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

October 23, 2015
Grand Rapids’ long-held position as the second most philanthropic community in the nation has been epitomized by the example of the donations to community endeavors from Rich DeVos and his family members. Read More

DID expansion concerns deserve further study

October 16, 2015
Grand Rapids City Commission held a second public hearing last week to expand the Downtown Improvement District, which was met with opposition from the very businesses targeted for assessments and inclusion. Read More

Sustained GRPS improvements, achievements deserve community support

October 9, 2015
Grand Rapids Public Schools now achieves rankings an entire generation thought far beyond the capability of a public school district in an urban area. Read More

To continue growth, the foundation of success must be understood

October 2, 2015
Newcomers and even long-time Grand Rapids residents often react to the city’s growth and new building plans as though these budding community icons simply popped out of the ground — while they were looking or paying attention. Read More

Negotiations with Chinese leaders have direct impact on West Michigan, state

September 25, 2015
While the start of ArtPrize held center stage last week, the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping for a meeting of tech executives in Seattle and political meetings in Washington, D.C, did not escape the attention of West Michigan business owners. Read More

Economic development and ‘white-collar’ jobs emphasized in Daimler deal

September 18, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement from Frankfurt of Daimler’s decision to relocate its North American headquarters to Farmington Hills is significant for a multitude of reasons, including the role of The Right Place Inc. over more than two decades to secure such opportunities. Read More