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RV maker plans three facilities, 396 jobs

January 27, 2015
An Indiana-based subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway that makes recreational vehicles plans to construct three facilities in the region and create 396 jobs to support its three new product lines. Read More

GRCC hosts annual Giants Awards at DeVos Place

Event honors African-American individuals and organizations for community involvement.

January 23, 2015
Next month an annual awards banquet will honor the influential work and initiatives of 13 African-American individuals and organizations. Read More

River at center of GR Forward’s plans

Organization identifies six goals, including creation of a true ‘downtown neighborhood.’

January 23, 2015
Following extensive public outreach efforts to gather feedback from all sectors of the Grand Rapids community, GR Forward presented an initial draft vision and set of six goals recently during a standing-room-only public forum. Read More

Grand Rapids ranks 69th in world for economic growth rate

January 22, 2015
With economic indicator levels outpacing the national economy, the Grand Rapids metro is also growing at a faster rate than Shanghai and other major markets across the globe. Read More

Grand Rapids ranks among worst economically for African-Americans

January 22, 2015
For all of its growth in recent years, Grand Rapids still has a long way to go to make itself more economically friendly for African-Americans. Read More

The Right Place names board members

January 21, 2015
The Right Place has named four business leaders to its board and several officers to lead the governing body. Read More

Whitewater project keeps flowing

Project engineer says he sees ‘nothing that should stop it.’

January 16, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Grand Rapids Whitewater is taking another step forward in its efforts to restore the rapids of the Grand River. Read More

DDA approves funds for Olds Manor project

Money will be used to fill an areaway and improve the building’s streetscape.

January 16, 2015
The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority has approved funding for the recently announced Olds Manor redevelopment project, also known as the Rowe Hotel building. Read More

Metro area ranks best in the Midwest

Grand Rapids/Wyoming named 25th best performing city in the U.S. for 2014.

January 16, 2015
2014 was a year of economic performance so excellent for Grand Rapids and Wyoming that the area was recently named the top-performing city in the Midwest. Read More

Kent County leads U.S. employment recovery

Report indicates Kent is first of nation's 'large economies' to fully recover.

January 16, 2015
According to a study by the National Association of Counties, Kent County is the first “large economy” county in America — counties with more than 500,000 residents — to reach its pre-downturn unemployment rate. Read More