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Is Michigan a startup state?

September 29, 2014
A conversation about growing Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem kicked off a conference Sunday in Grand Rapids — designed to align legislative policies with economic development initiatives in West Michigan. Read More

Oil and gas production boosts Michigan economy

September 26, 2014
An American Petroleum Institute representative in Grand Rapids earlier this month said technological innovation in oil and gas extraction is “changing the entire vision of our energy future and opening vast new possibilities” for economic growth. Read More

Kent approves airport authority concept

It is just the start of what some say may be a long, involved process.

September 26, 2014
The Kent County Board of Commissioners has given unanimous approval to the general concept of an airport authority being established to govern Gerald R. Ford International Airport instead of the current county board-appointed Aeronautics Board of Kent County. Read More

West Michigan Policy Forum convenes heavyweights

September 26, 2014
When regional leaders convene Sunday and Monday for the 2014 West Michigan Policy Forum, much of the talk will center on workforce talent. Read More

National transit conference schedules trip

September 25, 2014
Grand Rapids is in line to be a “transit-learning laboratory” for the nation’s top advocates for public transportation. Read More

Designing cities for people, not cars

Expert says that’s how vibrant and healthy communities are created.

September 19, 2014
Guillermo Penalosa has a message for city planners: Design cities for people. Read More

Portal emerges to help start-ups

It will connect entrepreneurs with partner organizations that fit their needs.

September 19, 2014
As the entrepreneurial spirit continues to flourish in West Michigan with new ideas, research, innovative technology and creativity taking root, a new initiative is using an online platform to connect individuals with business resources. Read More

Wheel maker drives into market with 300 jobs

September 17, 2014
A subsidiary of a Chinese wheel maker is planning to enter the state by opening a $140-million plant in the region and creating 300 jobs. Read More

Auto supplier plans up to 620 jobs

September 17, 2014
A supplier of carbon fiber parts to the auto industry is planning to bring up to 620 jobs to the area. Read More

WM Sustainable Business Forum celebrates 20 years

Initially, businesses and environmentalists often felt pitted against one another.

September 12, 2014
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum has come a long way since its founding in 1994, when the idea of businesses and environmental organizations collaborating was mostly unheard of. Read More