Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 11-6-17

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November 13, 2017

Volume: 35
Edition: 46
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.

November 13, 2017

Reports show steady retail growth

As big names close down, new players fill vacancies, change retail market across all sectors.

November 10, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The quarterly report released by Colliers International West Michigan reflects a strong economy across the retail, industrial and office space sectors. Across these industries, a high demand for space is keeping vacancy low. Read More

Holland property ranks among top five Marriott hotels

Initial success of Courtyard by Marriott in downtown is boosted by city redevelopment.

November 10, 2017
The performance of Holland’s third and newest downtown hotel has landed its general manager on a list of “30 GMs to Watch” and rocketed the location to the top echelon of Marriott hotels by guest satisfaction. Read More

Unions opt for own training center

New education building will meet technological changes in construction industry.

November 10, 2017
The Michigan Statewide Carpenters and Millwrights Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund recently broke ground on a state-of-the-art training center to service union carpenters and millwrights in the West Michigan region. Read More

Griffins tickets in demand despite smaller crowds

Hockey team sees increase in full- and partial-season plans, expects bigger attendance once football season ends.

November 10, 2017
Although the crowd size doesn’t quite reflect it, tickets for the Grand Rapids Griffins are in high demand. Read More

Inside Track: Enriching the culture of Grand Rapids

After 33 years with Calvin College, Michael Van Denend looks to make city ‘globally astute’ as executive director of World Affairs Council of Western Michigan.

November 10, 2017
Thirty-three years is a long time to spend in one job. That’s what Michael Van Denend did, and then he changed careers. Read More

Ag industry growth slows

Dietary changes, technology cause Michigan’s supply to outpace demand in livestock, crops and horticulture.

November 10, 2017
West Michigan continues to lead the state’s agricultural sector, but the growth rate is regressing. Read More

Ottawa prepares for marina facelift

Historic Ottawa Beach Parks renovations will cost $2.3 million and is slated to open by 2019.

November 10, 2017
The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission revealed preliminary plans regarding an upgraded marina facility and enhanced park land on Lake Macatawa at the Historic Ottawa Beach Parks site in Holland. Read More

HBAM: 3Q housing permits increase 4.5 percent

Despite predicted increase, units built remain below historic average.

November 10, 2017
Housing permits for single-family home construction increased 4.5 percent in Michigan during the first nine months of 2017. Read More

GR’s struggles aside, region continues to show growth potential

November 10, 2017
The Business Journal report on Colliers International West Michigan quarterly occupancy rates shows strength — and growth — across all sectors: retail, office and industrial; and given announced plans, the trend is likely to continue through the fourth quarter and into 2018. Read More

Another ‘hottest ZIP code’ in GR: 49507 tops list of lead-poisoned children

November 10, 2017
For the second year in a row, Grand Rapids’ 49507 ZIP code took first honors in the list of ZIP codes with the most lead-poisoned children in the state of Michigan, and its lead over other ZIP codes statewide continues growing. Read More

Tax reform proposals could impact year-end decisions

November 10, 2017
As the calendar year draws to a close, many of us consider what actions and decisions we should be considering with respect to our financial affairs. Read More

Change Ups: Rose & Westra relocates

November 10, 2017
Rose & Westra’s new location is at the historic Widdicomb Building, 601 Fifth St. NW, Suite 102. Read More

Lack of construction employees prompts frustration, alarm

November 10, 2017
An analysis of data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the nation’s construction sector added 11,000 net new jobs in October, matching the revised total from September. Read More

Public Record

November 10, 2017
Nov. 10 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Surviving the ‘Amazon effect’

Native speakers.

November 10, 2017
For those outside of the retail industry, the advent of Amazon and e-commerce as a whole seemed to spell the “apocalypse” for brick and mortar retail, but surprisingly, the brick and mortar model is changing to adapt to the new landscape. Read More