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Report says education lagging in Michigan

May 22, 2015
A nonprofit organization is taking the state to school with its campaign for new strategies and policies to improve Michigan’s public education system performance. Read More

Pitching to the gaming industry

A GR company is among hundreds introduced to Detroit casinos by Pure Michigan.

May 22, 2015
It’s a good bet there are a lot of new business opportunities for Michigan companies interested in supplying the state’s casino industry. Read More

Inside Track: Making waves on the lakeshore

Bringing more market-rate housing and mixed-use buildings to downtown Muskegon are two of Jonathan Seyferth’s challenges.

May 22, 2015
Jonathan Seyferth may not have planned on finding his footing in economic development, but his leadership position at Downtown Muskegon Now has helped the business community begin to rise. Read More

Metal parts supplier invests $1M in expansion, 38 jobs

May 21, 2015
A maker of grease filters and metal roll form products is relocating its recently acquired New York-based operations to the region and pursuing new markets. Read More

Eight Grand Rapids companies on Michigan’s 50 to Watch list

May 15, 2015
Mayor George Heartwell last week recognized eight Grand Rapids companies that made this year’s Michigan 50 Companies to Watch list. Read More

DDA proposes $9.7M budget

May 15, 2015
As part of the $9.7 million Downtown Development Authority budget proposed last week, Grand Rapidians could see makeovers of at least four underpasses, the conversion of part of Ionia Avenue NW to a bike-friendly street, and more green spaces. Read More

Real estate enjoys surge in 1st quarter

NAI Wisinski report indicates strength in industrial, office and retail.

May 8, 2015
West Michigan’s commercial real estate market is improving on all fronts. Read More

Office furniture recovery remains strong

Dunlap April data is down slightly from the two previous surveys.

May 8, 2015
Citing “extraordinary” new product development, Michael A. Dunlap has reported his survey of the office furniture industry in April is close to the previous two in October and January. Read More

Best and Brightest names elite-level winners

May 7, 2015
The winning companies of this year’s Best and Brightest elite awards and Best of the Best awards were announced Thursday during an annual awards event honoring West Michigan businesses for their best practices in human resources. Read More

Tesla buys West Michigan firm

May 7, 2015
A Silicon Valley electric vehicle and battery maker’s arrival in West Michigan is indicative of the region’s manufacturing strength. Read More