City hall, county government and the state legislature


Grand Rapids seeks public input on parks master plan

May 4, 2016
Residents of Grand Rapids are being asked to participate in the planning process for the city’s next parks master plan. Read More

County clears downtown restaurant to re-open

April 29, 2016
A downtown restaurant that was forced to close recently for numerous health code violations is back in operation. Read More

County shuts down downtown restaurant

April 25, 2016
A downtown restaurant has been shuttered for at least one week due to a number of health code violations. Read More

Parking shift begins in Arena South district

Theater development eventually will create more parking, but the short-term might be dicey.

April 22, 2016
Businesses in downtown’s Arena South district already are being asked to relocate parking as a result of the newly announced Loeks Studio C! movie theater and 616 development project. Read More

County moves agribusiness to forefront

Report identifies opportunities to support, expand $230M industry.

April 22, 2016
Already contributing more than $230 million in agricultural products to Michigan, Kent County now has an idea of how to better utilize its agribusiness. Read More

Group pushes repeal of restaurant smoking ban

Kent County Health Department is among those in favor of leaving law in place.

LANSING — A group of Michigan residents and businesses is pushing to repeal a state law forbidding smoking in restaurants. Read More

City officials give green light to CID, NEZ requests

Expanded Madison Square CID will now include 827 parcels.

April 15, 2016
City commissioners have approved three requests supporting investment and development in Grand Rapids. Read More

Health system joins federal Veterans Choice Program

April 13, 2016
A statewide health care system has joined the Veterans Choice Program, which will allow it to provide services to veterans in the state. Read More

Parking commission considers new downtown strategy

April 12, 2016
The Grand Rapids Parking Commission may finally be taking business owners’ concerns about a lack of parking downtown seriously. Read More

Feds single out library as international model for disabled patrons

April 11, 2016
Dignitaries from the Middle East and Africa visited a local library this week to learn about the laws and programs designed to improve access to public spaces and services for people with disabilities. Read More