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Contractor prepares spec industrial center on Broadmoor Avenue

A.J. Veneklasen envisions 262,000 square feet of space in $15M project.

May 1, 2015
For anyone thinking the availability of speculative industrial space in Grand Rapids is long gone, think again. Read More

Study unveils a Grand (River) plan for downtown

Downtown and River Action Plan has six specific goals.

May 1, 2015
Grand Rapids has come a long way in a few decades, but there’s still work to be done. Read More

GR housing rates create inequality gap

City and developers are addressing the affordability problem.

May 1, 2015
The national foreclosure crisis is winding down, but some cities like Grand Rapids are still feeling the devastating effects. Read More

Powerhouse team backs energy reduction plan

Grand Rapids joins cities nationwide by becoming an Emerging 2030 District.

May 1, 2015
A new public-private partnership is about to change the way energy is used in Grand Rapids forever. Read More

Former ConAgra site lands new tenants

More than half of the 230,000-square-foot facility is spoken for.

May 1, 2015
Although 2014 was a dark year for the mammoth industrial building at 4490 44th St. SE in Kentwood, 2015 is looking a lot brighter. Read More

Fast on their feet

Appellate Practice Academy trains attorneys for highest courts.

April 24, 2015
Most attorneys will never set foot in front of the Michigan Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court; those who do are likely to find themselves less prepared than they expected. Read More

State groups strengthen police, community ties

LANSING — As communities across the country confront mistrust between police and citizens, organizations across Michigan are working to build relationships officials hope can avoid unrest. Read More

New bills aim to close the gender-wage gap

April 24, 2015
LANSING — Employers could be required to release gender-based wage information and the state could be required to report unequal wage data under a package of bills aiming to close the wage gap between men and women in Michigan. Read More

Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage cases

If laws change, businesses will have less trouble adapting than government.

April 24, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right and should be extended to couples in all 50 states. Read More

Water, water everywhere

Report calls for Michigan to become a global freshwater innovation center.

April 17, 2015
A new report released earlier this month, Michigan’s Blue Economy, highlights several ways the state is already a leader in the area of water-related businesses, university research and placemaking, while also laying out a path to turn Michigan into a freshwater innovation center on a national and global level. Read More