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

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

Women-owned businesses vital to GR’s economy

March 10, 2017
Women entrepreneurs significantly bolster the greater Grand Rapids area economy, but they remain a largely unseen and unrecognized force. Read More

Bike share not an answer to parking problem

March 3, 2017
Grand Rapids city commissioners narrowly approved an expenditure of $100,000 to study a bike-share program, for which the city would pay up to $2 million to initiate, providing approximately 20-35 bike stations for sharing. Read More

Educated workforce trumps low tax rates

February 24, 2017
The Michigan House of Representatives late last week did not approve an income tax cut that would have lowered the 4.25 percent tax to 4.05 percent by 2019 and then to 3.9 percent by 2021. Read More

Educational achievement key in talent shortage problem

February 17, 2017
Grand Rapids employers universally are impacted by the talent shortage and identify the issue as the top concern in moving their businesses forward or expanding. Read More