Economic Development

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Build-a-thon challenges to re-imagine Muskegon Heights

Muskegon Might is designed to inject investment and hope into the downtown area.

July 3, 2015
A new two-day event challenges teams of professionals to redesign architectural structures in downtown Muskegon Heights to bring health and economic vitality back to the city. Read More

State’s Blight Elimination fund targets Club Tequila

Kent County Land Bank has $50K grant to demolish the old South Division joint.

July 3, 2015
Happy hour ended at Club Tequila at 719/725 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids back in 2010, which up to then had been the site of 120 crime reports filed with police since 2008. Read More

City plans $11M redevelopment of arena

July 3, 2015
After an anonymous donation of roughly $2 million, a city in the region has announced its plan to redevelop an iconic structure in its downtown. Read More

Plastics maker invests $14M in expansion

July 2, 2015
A maker of plastic parts for multiple industries is planning to expand its plant in the area and create 54 jobs. Read More

Kent County requests bids for downtown building

July 1, 2015
Kent County has put a downtown building up for sale after identifying it is not being used to its fullest potential. Read More

$50K competition calls for business plans

July 1, 2015
A county in the region is building on recent entrepreneurial momentum with a business plan pitch competition. Read More

Research center seen as catalyst

Economic impact will create ripple effect lasting for years.

June 26, 2015
As the second research center in the downtown Grand Rapids area, the impact of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s new facility could create a ripple effect of economic activity. Read More

Export economic development tool is down to the wire

The deadline for reauthorization of the federal Export-Import Bank is Tuesday.

June 26, 2015
Tomorrow’s expiration of the federal Export-Import Bank’s charter — if Congress does actually let it happen — will have “an impact right here in the Grand Rapids area,” according to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan. Read More

Food maker invests $10.7M in expansion

June 24, 2015
A maker of baked goods and snacks is planning a $10.7-million expansion in the area that's expected to create at least 91 jobs. Read More

Automation supplier invests $2M in expansion

June 24, 2015
A supplier of automation equipment and software to multiple industries is building a new plant in the area as it expands. Read More