Focus

An in-depth look at specific West Michigan industries.

ARTICLES

Figuring the MPG of a house

The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability in GR verifies LEED certification for homes in all price ranges.

April 11, 2014
The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability talks a lot about MPG — but it’s not referring to cars. Read More

From waste to watts

Consumers Energy seeks to buy more green electricity from organic waste material.

April 11, 2014
CMS Energy Corp. in Jackson has announced its intention to buy back more electricity generated by anaerobic digestion of farm animal manure, sewage and other types of organic waste material. Read More

Pure Michigan Business Connect counts $1.6B in gains for state

Consumers Energy is working with 65 West Michigan suppliers.

April 11, 2014
Consumers Energy says that, over the last two years, it has increased its spending with contractors located in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties by $125 million, thanks to the Pure Michigan Business Connect program. Read More

Michigan triples wind power capacity

The head of the American Wind Energy Association will speak at Aquinas.

April 11, 2014
Michigan is “a wonderful case study” of many of the challenges and opportunities facing wind-generated electricity throughout the U.S., according to Tom Kiernan. Read More

Resisting the consolidation trend among hospitals

Grand Haven’s 95-year-old NOCH has held off overtures from the big hospitals.

April 4, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Officially, it’s North Ottawa Community Health System, but people in the Grand Haven area know it by its acronym, NOCH. Read More

2014 health rankings used for comparison and assessment

April 4, 2014
Counties across the country got health checkups recently, and those in West Michigan seem to be in pretty good shape. Read More

Managing Social Security — and your lottery jackpot

Should one delay drawing Social Security? Should a lottery jackpot be taken in a lump sum?

March 28, 2014
Americans who make it to age 62 have a major financial decision to make: start drawing Social Security benefits now? Or wait? Read More

Baby boomer wealth leads to business for DWH

Local firm is growing, with a new partner and a new office in Detroit.

March 28, 2014
DWH, a Grand Rapids business advisory firm launched in 2006 by Doug Wilterdink, has gone from a two-person staff to 30 and just opened an office in Detroit at the request of wealth management companies that refer DWH to their clients. Read More

MCTI’s 70-year history reveals ability to adapt

Several local businesses are on board through equipment donations and hiring.

March 21, 2014
A comprehensive rehabilitation educational training center in southwest Michigan is turning 70 and still going strong. Read More

GRCC offers extensive on-demand workforce training

More than 600 employers use its training and development courses.

March 21, 2014
Grand Rapids Community College continues to bridge the skill gap for in-demand jobs and prospective employees. Read More