Economic Development

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Downtown partners on Christmas tree

November 30, 2015
Downtown Grand Rapids will celebrate the lighting of its Christmas tree this Thursday at Rosa Parks Circle. Read More

Pigeon Hill expansion nearing completion

November 27, 2015
Muskegon’s Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. is nearing completion at its production facility. Read More

New report touts region’s generosity

November 27, 2015
A new study indicates Kent County is one of the most generous counties in the state. Read More

Politician opposes incentives for data center campus

November 25, 2015
Opposition against the planned Switch SuperNAP data center campus at the Steelcase pyramid has surfaced. Read More

Where will you #ShopSmall?

November 24, 2015
From the second I heard the faint sound of jingle bells on my TV (on Nov. 1 this year), I knew the holiday shopping season had begun. Read More

The economic ripple effect of SuperNAP

Call it an industrial park for the new economy

November 20, 2015
Should Michigan legislators pass the necessary bills, the Switch SuperNAP data center hoping to call the former Steelcase pyramid home would have a much greater economic impact than its $5 billion worth of equipment. Read More

Event aims to attract talent home

Rethink West Michigan is taking advantage of holiday visits with family to connect with ex-pats.

November 20, 2015
If you left West Michigan, come back. If you are thinking about leaving, don’t. Read More

Local wages way below average

Michigan Future report emphasizes a transition toward a knowledge-based economy.

November 20, 2015
In the report Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy 2007-2014, Michigan Future Inc. explores why the state has become a low-prosperity state and the economic challenges the state — and Grand Rapids and Detroit — must overcome to move toward high prosperity and generating a broad middle class. Read More

Talent report sees positives — and one negative

November 20, 2015
Five years after the Great Recession, West Michigan finally is back to its pre-recession levels in payroll jobs and unemployment rates. But there’s still a long way to go in terms of talent development and retainment. Read More

Economists offer tempered enthusiasm for 2016

Experts from faith-based schools preach caution, lowered expectations.

November 20, 2015
If there was excitement about the economic forecast for 2016, it was tempered inside the Gainey Conference Center at Cornerstone University last week. Read More