Economic Development

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Managing the strong U.S. dollar

Some West Michigan corporations expect a negative impact on foreign sales in 2015.

February 27, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The strong U.S. dollar is great for American tourists going abroad — and not so great for U.S. corporations with sales in other countries. Read More

Tribe advances plan for $180M casino

February 27, 2015
| By AP
A tribe is moving forward with a long-time plan for a casino in the region on land it has owned for years. Read More

The Right Place reports year-end numbers

February 26, 2015
The Right Place has released its economic development numbers for 2014 in its annual report. Read More

Furniture maker invests $8.8M in expansion and 206 jobs

February 25, 2015
An ergonomic furniture maker is planning to undergo an $8.8-million expansion and create 206 jobs — doubling its size and employment. Read More

American Customer Satisfaction Index releases retail report

February 20, 2015
The 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index Retail Report is out. Read More

Professors make case for ‘green GDP’

The method takes into account the economic impact of resource depletion.

February 20, 2015
Standard practice for determining a country’s economic growth and overall wealth has been to look at gross domestic product, but two Calvin College professors argue GDP is an outdated measurement tool that doesn’t take into account the value of natural resources or the impact of their depletion on an economy. Read More

NITC bridge clears last financial hurdle

Canada will fund the U.S. customs plaza in Detroit.

February 20, 2015
Thanks to a public-private partnership, come 2020, traffic traveling between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will have the option of using the New International Bridge Crossing. Read More

Downtown civic agency names chief outcomes officer

February 19, 2015
A former employee of Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration has taken a new leadership position at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Read More

Pilot Malt House gears up for expanded production

Supplier to the beverage industry has long-term growth plan.

February 13, 2015
When Erik May started searching in 2012 for farmers to grow grain for his malting startup, Pilot Malt House, he struggled to find interested parties. Read More

Firm garners $75 million worth of contracts

The work is scattered across several market segments.

February 13, 2015
The last six months at Triangle Associates have been busy — in all the good ways. Read More