Economic Development

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Initiative helps vets find jobs

Heather Merrick, a former military member, hopes to aid those struggling to find work after serving.

October 21, 2016
After Heather Merrick left the Army in 2008, she couldn’t understand why she was having so much trouble finding a job. Read More

Change in diet inspires change in restaurant

Cherie Inn owner Michael Kulczyk develops healthier, vegan-friendly food options.

October 21, 2016
Last week, Michael Kulczyk stepped on the scale revealing he had lost 100 pounds since March 1. Read More

Watermark promises ‘business as usual’

COO Craig Smith affirms newly purchased Thornapple Pointe will remain public golf course.

October 21, 2016
With an aging ownership group, The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe was at a crossroads. Read More

Hop growers expanding

Michigan production blooms from 320 acres last year to 650.

October 21, 2016
With private equity entering the Michigan hop industry, the state’s top growers are positioning themselves for the future. Read More

Minor-league sports thriving in Grand Rapids

Despite good attendance numbers, franchises struggle with season ticket sales.

October 21, 2016
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) Grand Rapids is establishing its presence in minor-league sports circles. Read More

Less is more strategically for Fifth Third

Emphasis will shift from adding physical branches to investing in digital banking.

October 21, 2016
Fifth Third Bank CEO Greg Carmichael sees West Michigan as a vital market for the bank, but not one that will require a lot more brick-and-mortar investment. Read More

DDA eyes boundary expansion

Other changes would focus on affordable housing and minority, women businesses.

October 21, 2016
The “downtown” boundaries could receive an update before the end of the year. Read More

Zoo, GR Public Museum fuel economy

Study shows more than 60 percent of visitors come from outside Kent County.

October 21, 2016
A recent study of the economic impact of two local institutions shows both greater reach and more significant outcomes for the community than study participants expected. Read More

Sparta sails in downtown GR’s wake

Cellar Brewing Co., other companies move downtown to improve village’s appeal.

October 14, 2016
Downtown Sparta is changing. Read More

Demand for downtown office space could wane

Parking supply, cost might force companies to settle for suburb locations.

October 14, 2016
Downtown office transactions could cool down in the long term — but not yet. Read More