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Consumers EPA settlement

Consumers Energy reaches settlement with EPA

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Consumers Energy reached a major settlement in federal court in September with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice that will require the utility to spend more than $2 billion upgrading equipment to reduce air pollution at its coal-fired plants. Read More

Amway bedroom

Amway Grand Plaza undergoes $14M facelift

Just shy of its 100-year anniversary, which takes place in 2016, Amway Grand Plaza is undergoing a $14 million renovation project that focuses on business travelers. Read More


Grand River should be the ‘gem’ of the city

“How can you make Grand Rapids suck a little less?” Read More

Troy Yarbrough

Inside Track: Troy Yarbrough is happiest when he’s building something

Growing up, Troy Yarbrough discovered he had a knack for grasping the intricacies of science and mathematics. Read More


Local low-cost home appraisal company now in 23 states

An Internet-based home appraisal business launched a little over a year ago in Grand Rapids has expanded into 23 states over the past six months. Read More

Appliance manufacturer rolls out new energy-efficient line

A Greenville-based manufacturer of under-the-counter refrigeration appliances will release its largest collection of products Nov. 1, all of which are 40 percent more efficient than its previous product line and exceed new U.S. Department of Energy standards. Read More

Parking rate changes coming to downtown

Currently, downtown Grand Rapids has sufficient parking available based on demand; however, new development could lead to a shortage. Read More

USDA honors Michigan milk and sugar co-ops

Two of the many agricultural cooperatives in Michigan have been put on the USDA’s list of the Top 100 co-ops in the nation based on their volume of business. Read More

GR Drive pleased with early ticket sales

As the inaugural season for the Grand Rapids Drive nears, excitement is ramping up. Read More

False advertising class action lawsuits on the rise

Earlier this month, Red Bull proposed a $13 million agreement to settle a false advertising class action lawsuit. Read More

Consumers also investing big at Ludington

Consumers Energy is spending about $400 million at the Ludington Pumped Storage facility a couple miles south of Ludington on Lake Michigan. Read More

City hosts business leaders from Netherlands

Members of the West Michigan Global Initiative hosted a contingent of business leaders from the Netherlands recently as part of an effort to strengthen business ties between the country and West Michigan. Read More

Parking tensions can be eased by serving the customer

It’s a different year and it’s a different “outside consultant,” but the issue remains the same: The downtown area has again reached the tension point for parking. Read More

Lead poisoning prevention as economic development

You might be asking yourself, “Is lead still a problem?” The short answer is yes, but it’s important to note today’s concern is not the same as a decade ago. Read More

Beyond networking — all the way to new business

I’ve been attending networking clubs and networking meetings for the better part of 25 years. Read More


Change Ups: Couple receives Boy Scouts' highest national award

The Boy Scouts of America presented Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School assistant dean Tracey Brame and her husband, Kenyatta Brame, an adjunct professor at WMU-Cooley, the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award, its highest national award, recognizing outstanding service by an individual or organization in support of youth from a low-income background. Read More

Materials prices dip slightly, but still up over last year

Construction materials prices inched down 0.1 percent in September, but rose 1.6 percent compared to the same time last year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Producer Price Index released earlier this month. Read More

Public Record

October 24 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Gas tax survey reveals public’s misconceptions

A recent survey regarding the ongoing road funding issue showcased the public’s support for increased investment — and clearly demonstrated the vast misconceptions surrounding Michigan gas taxes. Read More