Items Tagged with 'Grand Rapids'


Street Talk: Reaching critical mass

Heart-stopping shopping.

November 27, 2015
Downtown parking is certainly on the minds of many people in Grand Rapids, and everyone wants to talk about it. Read More

Letter: Downtown Grand Rapids is moving forward, not backward

November 20, 2015
Editor: A public discussion 18 months in the making moves to a climatic stage in December, as the Grand Rapids City Commission considers adopting a 10-year community plan and investment strategy to transform the Grand River into a distinct asset and support the next generation of growth in downtown Grand Rapids — which anchors one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Read More

Work to restore the Grand River surges ahead

City commissioners approve complicated permit submissions.

November 13, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Grand Rapids city officials approved an important next step in the process of restoring and revitalizing the Grand River during the Committee of the Whole meeting last week by authorizing the city engineer to sign and submit all permit applications for future improvement projects related to restoration, flood control and mitigation. Read More

A 70 percent town

Officials know there’s more work to be done on the city’s brand recognition.

November 13, 2015
In 2008, Kent County had hotel occupancy of 48 percent. Read More

City’s transformation of business district to residential has consequential ramifications

November 13, 2015
Grand Rapids City Commissioners will, in just a few weeks, determine whether to approve the GR Forward plan, a massive reconstruction of the downtown from the Leonard Street area of Monroe North to beyond the Downtown Market — a plan far more elaborate than the failed 1970’s pedestrian mall “revitalized” in the late 1990s at a cost of $6.4 million and reopened in 2000. Read More

Skin in the game: big business decisions versus small business

November 13, 2015
An experience buying a new notebook computer caused me to wonder who makes the big decisions in big business. I went from anger to wonderment at the methods they will use to increase sales. Read More

DGRI plan reshapes downtown

GR Forward now includes preamble and strategies that measure diversity improvements.

November 13, 2015
The GR Forward plan is moving ahead with full support from the Downtown Development Authority and Monroe North Tax Increment Financing Authority. Read More

Change Ups: Lectronix engineering design center based in GR

November 13, 2015
Lansing-based technology and engineering firm Lectronix Inc. will lease for five years a 1,482-square-foot space at 2627 East Beltline Ave. NE that will serve as its engineering design center. Read More

Grand Rapids and Holland partner on SmartZone

Designation will support growth of tech and research-related firms and jobs.

November 6, 2015
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has officially approved the designation of a satellite SmartZone encompassing 1,000 acres along Lake Macatawa in Holland. Read More

City approves alternative funding plan for parks

Officials compromised on financing option to keep projects on schedule.

October 30, 2015
After deciding to postpone voting on a financing plan that leveraged a $2 million, five-year loan from the General Fund to address the FY2015 Parks Millage Fund deficit last month, city officials have agreed on an alternative option. Read More