Government retools, industry picks up in tumultuous year


Kent County commissioners unanimously chose Sandi Frost Parrish as their new chairwoman to start off the new year.

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Year brought some growth, setbacks and challenges

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City commissioners chose Greg Sundstrom over Eric DeLong as the city's next manager.

2009 saw West Michigan plod headfirst into a full-blown economic recession.

Economic headlines in West Michigan mirrored those seen throughout the recession-plagued U.S. and world markets in 2009. West Michigan companies and organizations used the region's familiar ingenuity and grit to continue to focus on future growth amid the challenging financial climates. Here's a rundown of some of year's top local business headlines.

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Making headway in a turbulent year

The country joined Michigan in 2008 in experiencing the impact of an economic recession that has likely gripped this state since the early stages of the decade. West Michigan fought to remain its typical resilient self.

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