City hall, county government and the state legislature


Politician opposes incentives for data center campus

November 25, 2015
Opposition against the planned Switch SuperNAP data center campus at the Steelcase pyramid has surfaced. Read More

Consultant calls street planning disjointed

City needs to establish an integrated multimodal network with performance metrics.

November 20, 2015
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based international firm specializing in developing transportation systems, presented its early findings from a recently completed Gap Analysis of Grand Rapids Vital Streets to the Grand Rapids City Commission during its Committee of the Whole meeting. Read More

Talent report sees positives — and one negative

November 20, 2015
Five years after the Great Recession, West Michigan finally is back to its pre-recession levels in payroll jobs and unemployment rates. But there’s still a long way to go in terms of talent development and retainment. Read More

Q&A: Sue Schweim Tellier

November 17, 2015
A specialist in business to government, or B2G, marketing, Sue Schweim Tellier works with small businesses to effectively identify and communicate their differentiators through targeted bid responses. Read More

Work to restore the Grand River surges ahead

City commissioners approve complicated permit submissions.

November 13, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Grand Rapids city officials approved an important next step in the process of restoring and revitalizing the Grand River during the Committee of the Whole meeting last week by authorizing the city engineer to sign and submit all permit applications for future improvement projects related to restoration, flood control and mitigation. Read More

Labor agreements enter county’s approval process

November 13, 2015
Three expiring labor agreements have entered the approval process with Kent County. Read More

County budget heads to commissioners for final vote

November 13, 2015
The 2016 annual budget will go in front of the Kent County Board of Commissioners Thursday. Read More

Opponents say energy bills would benefit utility companies

November 13, 2015
LANSING — A pair of Senate bills would shift the state’s focus away from renewable energy to the benefit of large utility companies — and Michigan’s budding renewable market could be left out in the cold, according to opponents like the Sierra Club. Read More

DGRI plan reshapes downtown

GR Forward now includes preamble and strategies that measure diversity improvements.

November 13, 2015
The GR Forward plan is moving ahead with full support from the Downtown Development Authority and Monroe North Tax Increment Financing Authority. Read More

Retired General David Petraeus keynotes Dutch-American event

November 13, 2015
A retired U.S. general who helped lead the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will be in town next Tuesday to talk about what it means to be Dutch. Read More