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The economic ripple effect of SuperNAP

Should Michigan legislators pass the necessary bills, the Switch SuperNAP data center hoping to call the former Steelcase pyramid home would have a much greater economic impact than its $5 billion worth of equipment. Read More

Dan Grzywacz

Millennial home buying is now trending

Change is coming on the home-buying front. Read More

John Bitely

Report finds a market for homebuyers 55 and up

The 55-and-up homebuyer market is heating up, according to a new report from the National Association of Home Builders. Read More

Monroe Center

Consultant calls street planning disjointed

Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based international firm specializing in developing transportation systems, presented its early findings from a recently completed Gap Analysis of Grand Rapids Vital Streets to the Grand Rapids City Commission during its Committee of the Whole meeting. Read More

Kyle Caldwell

Inside Track: Caldwell makes transition from photography to philanthropy

While at Lansing Community College in the 1980s, Kyle Caldwell spent a week riding with midnight ambulance shifts. Read More

Rate hike

Ready for a rate hike?

In its October 2015 Economic and Mortgage Finance Commentary, the Washington, D.C.-based Mortgage Bankers Association indicated it anticipates nearly $905 billion in purchase mortgage originations in 2016, which is a 10 percent increase from 2015, and refinance originations to decrease by nearly 33 percent to $415 billion due to the likelihood of rising rates. Read More

Local wages way below average

In the report Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy 2007-2014, Michigan Future Inc. explores why the state has become a low-prosperity state and the economic challenges the state — and Grand Rapids and Detroit — must overcome to move toward high prosperity and generating a broad middle class. Read More

Talent report sees positives — and one negative

Five years after the Great Recession, West Michigan finally is back to its pre-recession levels in payroll jobs and unemployment rates. But there’s still a long way to go in terms of talent development and retainment. Read More

Event aims to attract talent home

If you left West Michigan, come back. If you are thinking about leaving, don’t. Read More

Economists offer tempered enthusiasm for 2016

If there was excitement about the economic forecast for 2016, it was tempered inside the Gainey Conference Center at Cornerstone University last week. Read More

Doorbusters a bust?

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Consumers might want to be a tad wary of Black Friday deals this year, according to a NerdWallet study. Read More

‘Disjointed’ downtown plan replaces realities with idealization

Grand Rapids Business Journal has since last year expressed concerns in regard to components of the GR Forward plan that would amend the Grand Rapids Master Plan if approved by the commission Dec. 15. Read More

Letter: Downtown Grand Rapids is moving forward, not backward

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

’Tis the season for tax-planning opportunities and decisions

The presidential candidate debates have been running on the cable business news channels, covering tax and economic policy views of the candidates. Read More

Your name matters to your business prospects — or does it?

Here is a question I’ve received more than a hundred times in one form or another: How do I make a (better) name for myself? Read More


Change Ups: AgriScience facility opens for training

Phase one of a multi-phase renovation project to the former Providence Christian High School building in Fremont was recently completed. Read More

Stronger dollar, weaker global economy impact input prices

The Producer Price Index for inputs to construction industries declined for a fourth consecutive month in October, according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics data released this month. Read More

Public Record

Nov. 20 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Economic reality check

Michigan Future Inc. recently released its first report in nearly a decade evaluating the performance of the state during an “expanding Michigan economy.” Read More