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Valley Meats

Low-sodium meat attracts health industry

Several years ago, Ada Valley Meat Co. listened to the health care industry, and this year it finally paid off in a big way. Read More

sustainable artprize

ArtPrize launches its first sustainability initiatives

ArtPrize kicked off its sixth year last week, and this year the annual open art competition, which will draw hundreds of thousands of attendees to downtown Grand Rapids over 19 days, has launched its first environmental sustainability initiatives. Read More

Tommy Fitzgerald

Inside Track: Chef turns his focus to teaching life skills to local youths

The charred remains of Tommy Fitzgerald’s boyhood home have served as an unlikely spark for helping to steer teens’ lives in a constructive direction — and the reason he recently closed his downtown café. Read More

hospice study

National study reflects regional end-of-life care concerns

To address the need to improve quality and access for end-of-life care across the country, communication and education prove to be pivotal for implementation. Read More

Oil and gas production boosts Michigan economy

An American Petroleum Institute representative in Grand Rapids earlier this month said technological innovation in oil and gas extraction is “changing the entire vision of our energy future and opening vast new possibilities” for economic growth. Read More

Agility Health attributes business growth to diversification strategy

With roots in West Michigan, a rehabilitation health care provider is seeing the fruits of its labor realized with $63M in revenue after a decade of developing partnerships and expanding throughout the nation. Read More

Record Michigan commodities harvest predicted

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Michigan is facing the possibility of a record harvest of corn and soybeans this fall, but those farmers are also facing the challenge of low prices, and rail transport shortages that can be traced directly to the oil and gas boom in the Western states. Read More

Initiative targets workforce assessment

A new initiative is leveraging an existing assessment tool in educational and workforce agency procedures to help employers validate job candidates’ work-ready skills. Read More

Kent approves airport authority concept

The Kent County Board of Commissioners has given unanimous approval to the general concept of an airport authority being established to govern Gerald R. Ford International Airport instead of the current county board-appointed Aeronautics Board of Kent County. Read More

Food benefits program will get new fraud detection system

LANSING — Anti-fraud efforts by Michigan and other states should be ramped up to improve the integrity of the $73-billion-a-year Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, a new federal report says. Read More

GVSU receives $30K grant for brewery safety program

A free interactive training module developed by Grand Valley State University for craft brewers has been renewed by a state-funded grant to improve alternative and additional education on safety and health education in the industry. Read More

MAREC tenant plans West Michigan's largest non-utility solar generator

Grand Valley State University has announced that a business incubator at the university’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon will build the largest non-utility solar generating project in West Michigan at Agritek Industries, a manufacturing company in Holland. Read More

Court upholds $800K tab for leaking underground tanks

LANSING — Michigan is owed more than $800,000 for cleanup costs, civil fines and administrative penalties for failure to properly remediate three sites with leaking underground storage tanks in Berrien County, the state Court of Appeals has ruled. Read More

No immediate action planned on sexual orientation bill

LANSING — While leaders of the Republican majority in the Legislature say there will be no vote on the issue before the Nov. 3 election, Democrats have introduced a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Read More

County health department gets largest federal grant

The Kent County Health Department has been awarded a Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, or REACH, grant of $2.18 million dollars over the next three years, the largest grant ever directly awarded to the KCHD from the federal government. Read More

CON attack is costly to West Michigan businesses

Yet another health care system is attempting to circumvent the Michigan Certificate of Need process, and in so doing actually underscores the obvious necessity of Michigan’s process. Read More

Fences or flamingoes: Be sure you know your homeowner association rules

A new homeowner moves into a neighborhood governed by a private association, receives an invitation to a potluck that doubles as an annual meeting and shows up with a bottle of wine and a dish to pass. Read More

IRA owners' investment decisions may have tax risks

Washington is fond of studies and reports. Read More

Why your sales process or sales system doesn't work

Are you being forced to sell someone else’s way? Are you uncomfortable using a “system” of selling? Read More

$10M renovation project underway at Freedom Village

A retirement community in downtown Holland is receiving some TLC as two construction companies work collaboratively to renovate units in the facility. Read More

Kent County Health Department accredited by national board

The Kent County Health Department has received accreditation by the national Public Health Accreditation Board, only the second health department in the state to be accredited. Read More

Training in hospice and palliative care a 'huge need'

Hospice and palliative care are growing fields. Read More

NaydaCollazo

Change Ups: GVSU appoints 2014-15 artist-in-residence

Grand Valley State University has selected internationally recognized visual artist Nayda Collazo-Llorens as the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Distinguished Artist-in-Residence for the 2014-15 academic year. Read More

State's exporters enjoy significant summer resurgence

According to statistics compiled by the World Trade Organization, growth in global trade continued to grow at a moderate pace in July. Read More

Public Record

September 27 - Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: The CON game is afoot

While a new attack on the Michigan Certificate of Need was waged again last week on behalf of the twice-rejected attempt by McLaren Health of Pontiac for a fancy tower in affluent Clarkston (see Comment on page 12), one notable cost containment advocate was missing. Read More