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Developers target Grand Rapids' 'next great neighborhood'

October 22, 2014
The historic Creston neighborhood in northeast Grand Rapids is set to see three projects under development that will create new apartments, a rooftop bar and retail space — which city officials believe will help transform the area. Read More

GR Forward is now open for business

Temporary information center will solicit opinions on how region should grow.

October 17, 2014
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. has opened its temporary GR Forward Open House center in downtown Grand Rapids, where the public can learn about plans for the future of downtown as well as the Grand River corridor and GR Public Schools Museum School and Innovation Central High. Read More

New uses sought for outdated newspaper buildings

Former Grand Rapids Press building will be used by Michigan State University.

LANSING — As some Michigan newspapers downsize to smaller offices, they are leaving behind massive buildings that are outdated but still critical to the communities they cover. Read More

Building company earns B-Corp designation

October 17, 2014
Long focused on the triple bottom line, Bazzani Building Co. recently decided to see if it was really walking the walk as a sustainably minded and socially responsible business. Read More

State names VP to lead 'Pure Michigan'

October 17, 2014
An award-winning tourism executive and Michigan native will be the new vice president leading the state’s “Pure Michigan” campaign. Read More

Architecture firm moves into university business park

October 16, 2014
An architecture and engineering firm is the newest tenant at a university’s business park in the region. Read More

DDA supports $35M Waters Building project

The developer is also seeking brownfield financing through the city.

October 10, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority has approved the recommendation of its Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. administrative staff to provide $70,000 in two grants and up to $1.48 million in future tax increment receipts to support the planned $35 million total re-development of the historic Waters Building on Ottawa Avenue downtown. Read More

Experts forecast 2015 commodities trends

Overall, commodities and industrial metals have been bearish since 2011.

October 10, 2014
Experts in metals, plastics, packaging, and logistics and transportation looked into their crystal balls to help businesses plan for the year ahead during The Commodity Trends 2015 Outlook. Read More

MEDC, Herman Miller target manufacturing perceptions

October 3, 2014
With Michigan’s rich heritage in manufacturing and a looming skilled-labor shortage, multiple organizations are working to address common misconceptions about the industry to attract new talent, connect with future generations and ensure its sustainability. Read More

Policy forum reveals high interest in transportation

October 3, 2014
When all was said and done, the numbers revealed the issue of transportation made the biggest impression on attendees of the 2014 West Michigan Policy Forum. Read More