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


Market-rate housing saturation compels a new plan

January 13, 2017
One year ago, public discussion in Grand Rapids seemed to have enough momentum to portend promise of affordable housing problem solving, but as the new year begins, developers, lenders and brokers told the Business Journal they’re treading lightly into future — with market rate developments. Read More

Recruitment efforts are aided by training, immigration initiatives

January 6, 2017
The Business Journal report on another innovative training program once again underscores the tremendous issues of recruitment for industries with increasing numbers of job openings and far too few qualified applicants. Read More

Businesses pave the path to prosperity in 2017

December 30, 2016
As business leaders take up the reins of moving business plans and the economy forward in a new year, they are ever watchful of those trends and issues that could have an impact. Read More

‘Eds and meds’ is old think, creative talent is key

December 23, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal is reporting on how the local manufacturing sector is growing, and as Cedric Duclos, president and CEO of Hutchinson North America on Fuller Avenue notes in one story, his industry is transforming (evolved) with “smart plant” concepts in what has become a transformational point in terms of manufacturing technology — or rather technologies. Read More

KC Road Commission paves the path for the Santas of the economy

December 16, 2016
This final week of full commerce prior to year-end holiday revelry and riotous retail, we can only pretend Santa delivers the goods and services that fill cargo planes and diesel trucks to make just-in-time deliveries. Read More

Caution, financial issues give pause to GR projects

December 9, 2016
When Grand Action steps to the podium regarding community projects — projects that in the past have created long-term economic growth in Grand Rapids — business pays attention. Read More

Plaza development represents the best of Grand Rapids and its spirit

December 2, 2016
The Plaza Roosevelt Development, in all its several parts, represents what is — and what could be more often — the best of Grand Rapids. Read More

Charitable is good but change maker is priceless

November 18, 2016
’Tis the season employers and employees are deliberate in making a statement in regard to participating in the community with shared gifts and talents to favored human services agencies most in need. Read More

Hotel occupancy increases begs discussion of Calder Plaza possibilties

November 11, 2016
Business Journal reporting on the very good news of consecutive years of hotel occupancy increases — with the additional 800 rooms added by new hotel construction during the past 18 months — begs new discussion and new possibilities directly impacting current thinking and planning, especially related to Calder Plaza, its environs and its refurbishment. Read More

Senate energy ‘choice’ legislation is designed to deceive

November 4, 2016
The Michigan Senate announced in late October its determination to pass new energy choice legislation in lame-duck session (which begins Nov. 9). Read More