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Utilities argue for repeal of energy choice

Grand Rapids Chamber and some West Michigan companies oppose the proposal.

April 17, 2015
David Mengebier says repeal of Michigan’s 10 percent energy choice law is the most reliable and affordable way of providing electricity to customers in Michigan. Read More

Diversity is a challenge in Ottawa

April 17, 2015
The State of Ottawa County 2015 address made by the county administrator makes it clear: It has a lot going for it but more effort is needed to encourage and promote diversity. 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

Downtown Development Authority changes grant process for events

April 14, 2015
The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority is making changes to how it evaluates events after a request from one of its alliances to standardize its grant program for events. Read More

Developer receives up to $210K for downtown streetscape work

April 13, 2015
A developer has been awarded up to $210,000 in funds for streetscape improvements as part of its roughly $5-million renovation of a building in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

Business leaders sound alarm

Companies partner with educators.

April 10, 2015
The disconnect between workers’ skills and what employers need is reaching “emergency” proportions. Read More

Survey finds business owners are optimistic

April 10, 2015
A national survey by PNC Bank indicates that small and mid-sized business owners are more optimistic this year about their company’s prospects and the U.S. economy. Read More

Downtown building sees $3.5M renovation

April 9, 2015
A building in downtown Grand Rapids is about to get a makeover. Read More

Defense contractor relocates to West Michigan

April 8, 2015
A defense contractor is relocating to the area and creating 120 jobs and a $12.3-million investment in the process. Read More

Colleges produce business plan competition

April 8, 2015
Forty-one college teams representing nine schools will compete next week for roughly $30,000 in startup capital during a regional business plan competition. Read More