Carole Valade

Carole Valade

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

ARTICLES

County’s consideration of change in airport management deserves support

July 24, 2015
Kent County, and especially Gerald R. Ford International Airport, are fast approaching a monumental change that could provide a boost to all regional businesses. Read More

Economic incentive programs should include talent acquisition

July 17, 2015
Michigan and regional economic development teams have seized upon the late June news of Grand Rapids’ (metro area) No. 3 rank in the nation for economic growth by Area Development magazine, an authoritative compilation of measures of job growth and economic development for U.S. regions. Read More

‘Diversity’ is defined as a principle and is not an optional city planning tool

July 10, 2015
Grand Rapids is moving forward on a six-point plan that will impact every aspect of doing business for the foreseeable future. Read More

City parking ‘study’ was no study and assumed a conclusion

July 3, 2015
Grand Rapids city commissioners are considering a wide-ranging distortion and redistribution of parking areas and rates along with behavior modification methods in a comparatively short range of time, and are further advised by an outside consultant that part of the solution is city-run alternative modes of transportation and an entire new division of parking services. Read More

Power of partnerships moves economic needle to unforeseen heights

June 26, 2015
Grand Rapids Business Journal opined in 2000 that Jay Van Andel’s gift of the $60 million Van Andel Institute could be considered a far-reaching legacy not just for Grand Rapids but for the state and the world. Read More

Muskegon aligns for economic sustainability

June 12, 2015
Muskegon has endured a decade of fits and starts, especially the havoc wreaked during the Great Recession when promising projects abruptly were halted, and manufacturing losses left the city and county hard hit. Read More

Michigan Attorney General should investigate any breach of public trust as AFH closes

June 5, 2015
Grand Rapids Business Journal has for more than two decades reported on the Alliance for Health, a nonprofit created and served by area business leaders to bring health care groups together to cooperate in health services for the community and provide oversight to prevent health care costs from escalating, especially in regard to duplicated services. Read More

Make education priority in state’s turnaround

May 22, 2015
The Business Journal is reporting on a study just released by Education Trust-Midwest, a non-partisan education policy organization, showing that, by almost any statistical average, Michigan students are performing among the bottom 10 states in the country. Read More

Senators back to ‘fixing’ non-existent problems instead of fixing roads

May 15, 2015
Michigan legislators were roundly chastised in April before the statewide ballot proposal to fund road repairs, construction and transportation was soundly defeated by voters. Read More

Employees who are ‘true consumers of health care’ bring down costs

May 8, 2015
As health care costs to employers and consumers continue to rise, the echo chambers of despair offer no solution. Read More