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


Creative Class millennials will pay dearly for folly of manufactured political ‘issues’

October 21, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal reporting on the manufacturing sector over 30 years provides a deep well of information and reporting on the transformation that has been occurring in the West Michigan economy since the 1980s. Read More

Hats off to local business owners

October 14, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal reports following new economic investments in suburban cities and townships has been extensive in 2016, and when taken all together, it provides a strong indication of continued growth and economic diversity for the entire region, stretching in every direction. Read More

‘Leadership’ deserves high praise

October 7, 2016
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School has created a new course in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, one deserving of commentary as even discussion of the word “leadership” is ever more woefully mired in its antithesis. Read More

With medical center developments, caution over congratulations is advised

September 30, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal is reporting on several multimillion-dollar medical center developments, as Spectrum Health expansions continue in Ottawa County, and Mercy Health begins construction on its $271 million complex in Muskegon. Caution rather than congratulations is advised, as it adds to increasing cost of care for West Michigan residents. Read More

Legislators flunk; ArtPrize advances education

September 23, 2016
After all the popular votes were counted and ArtPrize Two closed in game-changing style, the education community wanted opportunities to invest, partake and learn from all that was available in the wondrous mix. Read More

Gilmore’s entrepreneur effort was one of downtown’s biggest risks, most successful efforts

September 16, 2016
Greg (and John) Gilmore’s announcement of Live Nation’s House of Blues agreement to partner in the $16 million 20 Monroe Live entertainment venue is significant development news, but one also must pause to pay tribute to one of Grand Rapids’ most tenacious businessmen. Read More

More participation needed in career development programs

September 9, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal is reporting on another initiative that links high school students with an array of career choices and the tools they need to achieve selected jobs at graduation. Read More

Dear millennials, GR is another mythological siren call

September 2, 2016
Grand Rapids has a big problem to solve, one that cannot be resolved only by the public or private sector but — once again — by cooperative actions from both, and it is far overdue. Read More

Forum strength rests on strong voices

August 26, 2016
The bi-annual West Michigan Policy Forum reservation line is open, even as the agenda still is taking shape for the Sept. 26 event, which currently gives emphasis to the GOP national agenda and presidential candidates. Read More

City’s ‘sustainable jobs’ goal is a recipe for failure

August 19, 2016
The Business Journal has in the past commended city of Grand Rapids endeavors toward environmental sustainability, from the biodiesel fuel project in 2002 to the Butterworth Solar Project anticipated to be running by the end of this year. Read More