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

Another ‘crazy’ idea from Secchia; another win for the power of partnerships

May 19, 2017
To say that Kent County’s Millennium Park is connected to Lake Michigan might be considered a stretch of imagination or fantasy, or require proofs of the Grand River’s meandering path to the mouth of the Big Lake. Read More

Employer initiatives assist mental health

May 12, 2017
Mental health issues, ranging from depression to suicide and bipolar disorder among others, are estimated to cost businesses — especially small business owners — millions each year. Read More

‘High value on people’ is solution to recruitment, retention

May 5, 2017
The battle for employers to recruit and retain is a now too familiar refrain in West Michigan, and competition for employees throughout the country (and the world) has been of immense concern to local business owners. Read More

There’s proof of prosperity, but business leaders provide glimpse of what’s ‘next’

April 28, 2017
Grand Rapids Business Journal reporting in several sectors of the local economy provides May Day examples of upward trends fueling the metro area’s continued growth. Read More

GR builds community with people, not concrete

April 21, 2017
“We have a narrative going on in this country that, if only we have the right person or the right party in the state house, we’d be OK. And I’d like to flip that around, because we really need to be able to own our own problems to be able to inform state and national policy of what works.” Read More

Kent County millage increase offers opportunity to sustain school funding

April 14, 2017
Voters across Kent County in two weeks will be asked to consider a nine-tenths mill tax increase to benefit all 20 Kent public school districts. Read More

Health advances must see continued improvement

April 7, 2017
The West Michigan community has been provided with several sets of new information giving an important overview of the “wellness” of the metro area. Read More

Parking ban reversal may be too little, too late

March 31, 2017
Grand Rapids city commissioners responded to business community appeals last week, eliminating a Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. GR Forward plan banning construction of surface parking lots, which was implemented more than a year ago. Read More

Kent County census increase signals a strong economy

March 24, 2017
After a period of comparative decline, business exports once again are climbing, and West Michigan industries are contributing to Michigan’s increasing numbers. Read More

LINC Up initiative provides multifaceted impact

March 17, 2017
The essential successes of neighborhood improvements in Grand Rapids has become so well understood most every accolade almost sounds ubiquitous. Read More