Focus

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Communities create a ‘grand strategy’ focusing on Grand River projects

The $444M plan, encompassing sites from Lowell to Grandville, is vying for a HUD grant.

September 4, 2015
Several area communities, including Grand Rapids and Kent County, are in the running for millions of dollars from the federal government. Read More

Artistic minds pair well with cool spaces

Brewers repurpose vacant or outdated structures to fit the industry’s character.

September 4, 2015
Snapple bottles littered the vacant party store before it was transformed into Harmony Brewing Co. in 2010. Read More

Michigan’s pace of resource use gives state an ‘ecological debt’

Despite having the third-most resources, Michigan uses more than it regenerates.

September 4, 2015
LANSING — The nation hit Ecological Deficit Day recently, thanks in part to states like Michigan that use more resources than they can regenerate. Read More

State’s design industry struggles with lack of certification

September 4, 2015
It was a grueling, three-day examination process that Autumn Fuchs wasn’t required to put herself through. Read More

Conference puts emphasis on agile thinking within team structure

Event is first of its kind in West Michigan for engineers, business owners, project managers and IT pros.

September 4, 2015
A conference designed to help organizations streamline their operations is on tap Sept. 16 at Davenport University. Read More

Bar puts emphasis on marijuana

Michigan has the potential to lead the country in marijuana-related law.

August 28, 2015
A group of more than 50 attorneys with a stake in marijuana-related law will meet for the first time in October as a formal section of the State Bar of Michigan. Read More

Job prospects looking better for new law students

Decreasing enrollment over last five years has created more openings.

August 28, 2015
Students entering law school this fall might have the best job prospects seen in the profession in a number of years. Read More

Like hops or barley, profit must be ingredient for brewery success

August 28, 2015
Michigan’s booming craft brew industry doesn’t have a problem growing, but it may have a challenge growing profitably. Read More

Key issues for tenants when reviewing a commercial lease

August 28, 2015
Many commercial tenants think of a landlord lease as a standard "form" and focus only on the business terms contained in the lease, such as the rent, square footage, term, renewals and improvement allowance. Read More

Calvin tests ‘service learning’ with Clean Water Institute

New program is poised to make global waves for water and sanitation solutions.

August 21, 2015
After several years of planning, the Clean Water Institute of Calvin College officially launched earlier this summer with a mission to provide clean water access in developing regions. Read More