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An in-depth look at specific West Michigan industries.
Meetings, sporting events and all kinds of travel are leading to record hotel revenues.
The convention and tourism climate in Grand Rapids is still on the upswing, with 2014 on target to be the fourth consecutive year of record room revenue, according to Janet Korn, Experience Grand Rapids senior vice president. Read More
$300K in improvements will allow venue to host bigger shows for longer periods.
Downtown Grand Rapids is set to become a bigger magnet to tourism. Read More
Breweries, restaurants and shopping are reviving the tourism trade.
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Downtown Muskegon, once known as an industrial town, has shed its former image to become a vibrant destination. Read More
An industry insider says construction is booming and there are lots of jobs available.
The head of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan says the abrupt closing of Lamar Construction in no way reflects a slowdown in the Michigan construction industry. Read More
Lamar Construction of Hudsonville, one of the larger commercial/industrial construction companies in West Michigan, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy July 11, indicating in court documents it has more than 200 creditors and debts of $10 million to $50 million, with estimated assets between $10 million and $50 million. Read More
Competition tops list, but there are concerns about skilled employees, too.
Michigan’s publicly traded manufacturing companies consider competition and consolidation to be their biggest risks in 2014. Read More
The Kentwood tornado adds to winter ice damage still being repaired.
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Like many other insurance agents in the Grand Rapids region, Mike Brouwers’ phone was ringing off the hook a week ago, a result of the tornado that ripped through the densely populated suburb of Kentwood Sunday evening. Read More
A rebounding economy has firms looking for quick expansion, but there are risks involved.
A local risk management firm is seeing a trend toward mergers and acquisitions as businesses gain confidence in economic stability. Read More
WMIPEI develops plan to use student teams to augment services.
Michigan’s largest federally qualified health center may be welcoming a pilot program this fall where students from different health care backgrounds and academic institutions will work as a team at the clinic. Read More