Pete Daly

Pete Daly

Pete Daly is a Grand Rapids Business Journal staff reporter who covers small business, banking and finance, food service and agriculture and government. Email Pete at pdaly at grbj dot com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteDalyGR

ARTICLES

In the dark with MET towers

A state commission wants Michigan law changed regarding wind test towers.

May 22, 2015
The Michigan Aeronautics Commission is pushing for legislation to amend the 1959 Tall Structure Act to enable state officials to know just where existing meteorological evaluation towers are in Michigan, and require them to be more visible to aircraft. Read More

GE Aviation supports Ex-Im Bank

The federal agency will expire July 1 if Congress does not renew it.

May 22, 2015
A West Michigan GE Aviation executive has expressed grave concern about the potential demise of the federal government’s Export-Import Bank, created as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal to help American businesses sell their goods and services abroad. Read More

Pitching to the gaming industry

A GR company is among hundreds introduced to Detroit casinos by Pure Michigan.

May 22, 2015
It’s a good bet there are a lot of new business opportunities for Michigan companies interested in supplying the state’s casino industry. Read More

GR and Kent County in new statewide collaboration

Their new financial management software will come from “the cloud.”

May 22, 2015
The city of Grand Rapids and Kent County government are the first local governments in Michigan to contract for new financial management software available on “the cloud” to members of the non-profit Michigan Municipal Services Authority. Read More

Pain points, pipes and the cloud

IT professionals comment on what’s hot today.

May 22, 2015
When a business owner or CEO hears the IT people talking about pain points, pipes and the cloud, this may be the gist of their conversation: “We could fix these pain points with a bigger pipe, and we could afford a bigger pipe if we spent money on the cloud rather than investing capital on hardware in our backroom.” Read More

Another $600K to Michigan for first-time homebuyer grants

It’s a remainder of the National Mortgage Settlement, and it won’t last long.

May 15, 2015
The National Mortgage Settlement turned over another $600,000 to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority in April to be used as grants and/or interest-free loans to first-time homebuyers. Read More

Kent Dispatch Authority mulling consolidation of operations

There is also an issue the legislature must deal with regarding 911 surcharges.

May 15, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The Kent County Board of Commissioners has received an update from the Kent County Dispatch Authority that included urging consideration of consolidating all emergency dispatch operations in Kent County under the Authority. Read More

GR Merrill Lynch team honored

Barron’s rated group among Michigan’s top institutional consultants.

May 15, 2015
The 16-member Veldheer, Long, Mackay & Bernecker Group in Grand Rapids has been selected by Barron’s magazine as Michigan’s top institutional investment team and the seventh-ranked institutional team in the nation. Read More

Reverse mortgage market grows with aging population

A higher level of debt in retirement is also a driving factor.

May 15, 2015
Reverse mortgages — technically known as an HECM or Home Equity Conversion Mortgage — seem to be advertised more frequently these days, and Mike Gruley says there certainly are many more requests for information about them coming in to his company. Read More

Inside Track: Beverage industry déjà vu

Brien Fox of Henry A. Fox Sales now heads the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America.

May 8, 2015
Brien Fox isn’t the first from his family tree to head the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. Read More