Items Tagged with 'W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research'

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Economic growth expected for Grand Rapids

Professionals express concerns over lack of skilled labor in skilled trades industry, NAFTA.

December 29, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) After a year of surpassed expectations, another economically successful year is expected for West Michigan, though growth may be limited compared to last year. Read More

How to keep warm during the retail ice age

October 18, 2017
The Grand Rapids Business Journal recently published a very informative article by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The article discusses a rise in big-box retail brick-and-mortar store closings, including “Sears (265 stores closed this year), JCPenney (138 stores) and Macy’s (100 stores)” — and the list continues to grow. While this signals financial challenges for those retailers and landlords, it may also create opportunity for those landlords or investors who are able to purchase these properties as vacant, value-add assets. Read More