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

Regard employment rates with caution

August 28, 2015
Month-end employment rates are likely to give politicians an excuse to imagine there is some credit due them rather than the Michigan employers creating jobs. Read More

Kent County administrator’s request for tax increase should be scrubbed

August 21, 2015
Kent County Administrator Daryl Delabbio has asked the board of commissioners to consider a tax hike to the full amount approved by voters, noting the Headlee tax limitation amendment essentially caps the county’s revenue collections — exactly as it was intended. Read More

Health care’s effort to train workers should be emulated

August 14, 2015
Grand Rapids-area health care providers have embarked on a collaborative partnership to address the reality of too few health care workers at a crucial time. Read More

Mental health illness deserves same support as cancer

August 7, 2015
The absence of mental health parity and lack of public concern for those with a mental illness is evident from the drama played or playing out in every corner of the country — on military bases, on street corners, and especially in movie theaters used as stages of demonstration. Read More

This partnership transcends blockade of political boundaries and egos

July 31, 2015
In the not-too-distant past during the Great Recession, counties and cities were battling for any drop of economic development within each jurisdiction while property tax revenues and income tax revenue bled red, soaking municipal budgets. Read More

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