Items Tagged with 'Grand Action'


Street Talk: Casino scratches its seven-year itch

Maine man.

February 9, 2018
The Gun Lake Tribe is a patient bunch. Read More

Downtown champion John Canepa dies

January 26, 2018
John Canepa, the former president and CEO of Old Kent Bank and a co-founder of Grand Action, has died at 87. Read More

Confidence in the city remains high

Amid uncertainty following Grand Action shutdown, community leaders look to next steps.

September 22, 2017
Three local executives said they don’t know where the city is headed — but they agreed Grand Action has set the stage for future growth. Read More

Lapses in city and private sector leadership critical for Grand Rapids

September 22, 2017
One could say Grand Rapids is facing an uncertain future. Read More

No heirs apparent for Grand Action 2.0

As co-chairs retire, committee waits for next generation of leaders to emerge with a new focus for Grand Rapids.

September 15, 2017
The thing about vision is, it can dim over time. And the retiring co-chairs of Grand Action Committee are waiting for younger eyes to take over with a fresh plan for the city. Read More

What they’ve accomplished

Grand Action’s fingerprints are all over downtown projects.

September 15, 2017
Grand Action was founded in 1991, originally as an outgrowth of Grand Vision. Read More

Grand Action throws gauntlet to private sector thriving on its success

September 15, 2017
Grand Action’s biggest distinction is that it represented the private sector, not public governments. Read More

Grand Action leaders shut it down

September 15, 2017
Grand Action Committee co-chairs John Canepa, Dick DeVos and David Frey are retiring from their roles within the organization at the end of the year, effectively sidelining the business-based nonprofit that has been the catalyst for more than $3.5 billion in downtown economic development and was instrumental in Grand Rapids’ growth over the past 25 years. Read More

Dick DeVos: 'Mission accomplished'

September 15, 2017
For Dick DeVos, the Grand Action retrospective starts with a clear, concise two-word phrase. Read More

David Frey: 'Not your grandmother's Grand Rapids'

September 15, 2017
The current strength of private development in Grand Rapids has Grand Action Co-chair David Frey feeling good about handing off the baton. Read More