Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 5-22-17

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May 22, 2017

Volume: 35
Edition: 21
Since 1983, Grand Rapids Business Journal has been West Michigan's primary and most trusted source of local business news. The weekly print edition of the Business Journal, a must-read for the area’s top decision-makers, is known as the business newspaper of metro Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon and all of West Michigan.

May 22, 2017

30-mile trail project nears completion

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission hopes to complete $41-million plan linking Grand Haven to Grand Rapids in five years.

May 19, 2017
In a few short years, West Michigan residents and visitors will be able to bike from Grand Haven to Grand Rapids making pit stops at parks and swim spots along the way. Read More

Furniture dealers navigate ‘blending’ trend

With the popularity of open plan offices plummeting, furniture and space designers say versatility is the name of the game.

May 19, 2017
A recent poll by Refresh Leadership revealed that only 8 percent of employees like working in open concept offices without walls, cubicles or privacy. Area furniture designers are listening. Read More

Case Equipment undergoes rebranding effort

Following 10 years of declining sales, construction equipment manufacturer looks to triple market share with five-year plan.

May 19, 2017
James Maioho is setting up a bulkhead to help resuscitate Case Construction Equipment’s market share and reputation in Michigan. Read More

‘Perfect storm’ helps nonprofit buy race

MyTeam Triumph purchases Tri del Sol triathlon, where organization got its start.

May 19, 2017
MyTeam Triumph has returned to its roots. Read More

Inside Track: Paying it forward

A recovered drug addict and former Mel Trotter resident, Smashburger GM helps men get life back on track.

May 19, 2017
Tony Johnson often spends his lunch hour at Mel Trotter Ministries interviewing possible job applicants to come work for him at Smashburger, where he is the general manager. Read More

What does future hold for parking?

Mobile GR wants $8.57 million for parking capital projects, including construction of new surface lot near Downtown Market.

May 19, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The Grand Rapids City Commission recently got a preview into what parking and mobility in the city will look like in the coming years. Read More

Distillery pushes into food market

Holland’s Coppercraft adds meal options to pair with its spirits, cocktails.

May 19, 2017
Holland’s Coppercraft Distillery recently opened a full-service restaurant, with intentions to push the lakeshore residents beyond spirits. Read More

Switch draws tech summit next month

C3 president hopes to bring in West Michigan technology leaders and provide place for conversations.

May 19, 2017
A three-part summit is headed to the Switch Pyramid next month. Read More

Franchise opportunities expand in city

Growing population and career options among reasons for interest in Grand Rapids market.

May 19, 2017
As the Grand Rapids population rises, so do the opportunities for residents to own a franchise. Read More

Another ‘crazy’ idea from Secchia; another win for the power of partnerships

May 19, 2017
To say that Kent County’s Millennium Park is connected to Lake Michigan might be considered a stretch of imagination or fantasy, or require proofs of the Grand River’s meandering path to the mouth of the Big Lake. Read More

Appealing property tax assessments when you miss the deadline

May 19, 2017
Appealing real property tax assessments on business property requires careful attention to the details, including filing the appeal by the relevant deadlines. Read More

Change Ups: Cimitile tapped as GVSU provost, executive VP

May 19, 2017
Starting July 1, with the opportunity for an extension, Maria Cimitile will be Grand Valley State University’s new provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs. Read More

Residential construction job growth remains tepid

May 19, 2017
National construction employment remained largely unchanged for the second consecutive month, adding 5,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in April, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Read More

Public Record

May 19, 2017
May 19 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Rapid transformation

Cleaning up.

May 19, 2017
During Josh Naramore’s presentation to the Grand Rapids City Commission during the FY2018 Preliminary Fiscal Plan hearings, the Mobile GR director said the department will be rebranding the Downtown Area Shuttle service line in 2018. Read More