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

Grand Rapids ranks among state’s worst for bicycle fatalities

April 21, 2014
The high fatality rate in bicycle accidents in West Michigan has prompted the state to use a federal grant to set up a three-year bicycle safety education program in the greater Grand Rapids area. Read More

Inside Track: The new face of change at Muskegon City Hall

Frank Peterson, a native of Flint, is the Port City’s first new city manager in 19 years.

April 18, 2014
Don’t ever try to suggest to the new city manager that Muskegon is just a gritty Rust Belt town, a former industrial center down on its luck and struggling to stay alive — like, say, Flint. Read More

Making a living from old appliances

West End Appliance will soon be open in a new location.

April 18, 2014
Some people may restore a 1964 Ford Mustang and become very attached to it. Matt Prentice has restored a Frigidaire Flair range and became just as attached to it. Read More

Ludington carferry invests in new technology

The SS Badger owners face stiff penalties from EPA if coal ash is dumped overboard after 2014.

April 18, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Lake Michigan Carferry Inc., owners of the S.S. Badger in Ludington, have announced that installation of the first phase of a new combustion control technology will be completed before the start of the 2014 sailing season May 16. Read More

Kent County commission to consider agribusiness study

Recurring concerns about farmland preservation led to the proposal.

April 18, 2014
An agribusiness “community work group,” similar to the one set up by Kent County a couple of years ago to study collaboration and potential consolidation of local governments, has been proposed by the Board of Commissioners’ Executive Committee. Read More

Kent County senior millage on August ballot

The ballot question, set for final review May 8, would raise it to 0.50 mills.

April 18, 2014
A committee of the Kent County Board of Commissioners has approved proposed language for the August primary election ballot that would renew the senior services millage at 0.50 mills. The wording of the ballot proposal now goes to the full commission May 8. Read More

City approves finance pact with DGRI

The Grand Rapids comptroller objected on legal reasons but was overruled.

April 18, 2014
A financial agreement between the city of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. has been approved by the city commission, despite objections by city comptroller Sara Vander Werff. Read More

Figuring the MPG of a house

The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability in GR verifies LEED certification for homes in all price ranges.

April 11, 2014
The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability talks a lot about MPG — but it’s not referring to cars. Read More

Farmland preservation to continue in 2014

April 11, 2014
Applications will continue to be accepted for farmland preservation by Kent County this year under the county’s Purchase of Development Rights program, but without any county funding appropriated for the program. Read More

From waste to watts

Consumers Energy seeks to buy more green electricity from organic waste material.

April 11, 2014
CMS Energy Corp. in Jackson has announced its intention to buy back more electricity generated by anaerobic digestion of farm animal manure, sewage and other types of organic waste material. Read More