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

Kent eyes farmland PDR

December 19, 2014
Kent County commissioners will decide Jan. 6 whether to add another 64 acres to the 3,000 acres of farmland already protected from future development. Read More

Kent County Animal Shelter is a people business

Bissell Pet Foundation funded record number of pet adoptions this fall.

December 19, 2014
On the surface, the Kent County Animal Shelter seems to be mainly about dogs and cats, but it is really a business that revolves around people and their relationship with animals. Read More

Good cider is pretty simple

Engelsma’s Apple Barn wins the statewide cider contest again this year.

December 19, 2014
Jim, Becky and Bridget Engelsma’s recipe for award-winning fresh apple cider is pretty simple as far as the ingredients go: several varieties of apples, period. No preservatives, either. Read More

Inside Track: Scripps is energized by politics

The president of the MiEIBC has been a member of the Michigan House and previously worked on campaigns here and in Scotland.

December 19, 2014
For a guy who isn’t 40 yet, the president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council seems to already have been there and done that. Read More

Nonprofit wins federal grant for farm-to-table work

December 19, 2014
A nonprofit has won a federal grant to help expand community supported agriculture in the region. Read More

Kent County prepares for expanded services for veterans

Some individuals are critical of how the millage revenue will be spent.

December 12, 2014
Hiring of additional staff is underway in Kent County, as is the search for a new home for the county’s office of veterans services, the result of the successful millage vote in November. Read More

State board supports Kent parkland purchase

Natural Resources Trust Fund recommends grant of $810,000 to help buy 170 acres.

December 12, 2014
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board is recommending the Michigan Legislature fund 69 recreation development projects and land acquisitions in 2015, one of which is the purchase of 170 acres in Caledonia Township by Kent County for addition to an undeveloped park. Read More

County is talking trash

Waste haulers object to being ‘tax collectors.’

December 5, 2014
While Kent County commissioners move closer to a Dec. 18 vote on their latest plan for covering future “legacy” costs of three old county landfills, waste haulers are objecting to being tax collectors for the county government. Read More

Great Lakes Farm Expo starts Tuesday

Fruit and vegetable growers are sure to discuss the perennial migrant labor issue.

December 5, 2014
One of the biggest agricultural industry trade shows in North America happens every December in Grand Rapids, and it starts Tuesday. Read More

Kent County to act on three union contracts

Committee unanimously endorses 2 percent wage increase per year.

December 5, 2014
A committee of the Kent County board of commissioners has approved three union contracts that will include 2 percent raises each year for three years, if the full board gives its assent Dec. 18. Read More