Economic Development

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Distillery sets sights on west side

Long Road Distillers is expected to open to the public in the fall.

April 11, 2014
The city’s west side is about to get a craft distillery. Read More

Could Russia impact West Michigan?

So far, sanctions are against individuals and one financial institution.

April 11, 2014
In short, yes: West Michigan could feel the impact of U.S. sanctions against Russia, particularly if sanctions targeting specific industries are imposed. Read More

Lakeshore Advantage names president

April 10, 2014
The nonprofit promoting economic development in Ottawa County has named a new president. Read More

Universal Forest Products acquires component manufacturer

April 7, 2014
A Universal Forest Products subsidiary has purchased certain assets of a building component manufacturer located in Locust, N.C. Read More

BLM updates strategic plan

The Michigan Turnaround Plan will emphasize three steps instead of six.

April 4, 2014
Almost five years after the launch of the Michigan Turnaround Plan by the Business Leaders for Michigan, the statewide organization of top executives from 80 leading companies and universities is unveiling a change in strategy to continue the state’s progress toward more jobs, higher incomes and a healthier economy. Read More

GR planners back expanded U.S. 131 study

April 4, 2014
The Grand Rapids Planning Commission is in support of an expanded study regarding the future of U.S. 131. Read More

Forget travel: Grand Rapids is a top destination for business development

March 31, 2014
Last December, the popular and off-the-beaten-track travel website Lonely Planet ranked Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast at the top of its “Top 10 U.S. travel destinations for 2014." Read More

MDOT looks at options for U.S. 131 and I-96

Study is limited in scope, which is disappointing to some.

March 28, 2014
Earlier this month the Michigan Department of Transportation held two public meetings to gather feedback regarding stretches of U.S. 131 and I-96. Read More

Streetcar study should be completed this year

March 28, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The possibility of a streetcar line in Grand Rapids is again under consideration. Read More

Bridge on track for 2020 completion

International crossing still needs design work and property acquisitions.

March 28, 2014
The new international bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, remains on track for 2020 completion, according to Mark Butler, senior communications advisor for Transport Canada. Read More