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ArtPrize is springboard to restaurants' busy season

Arena District enjoys 20 to 40 percent boost during event’s run.

September 19, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) With nearly 400,000 more people spending time in downtown Grand Rapids than normal, ArtPrize is a boon to area hotels, restaurants and bars. Read More

ArtPrize is ready for you

The 19-day competition makes changes designed to enhance the discussion on contemporary art

September 19, 2014
Massive throngs of people will descend on Grand Rapids this week when the sixth annual ArtPrize begins its 19-day stay in downtown as artists compete for $560,000 in prizes. Read More

Varied venues add to ArtPrize's flair for the unusual

Forgotten basements, rooftops and the river are just some of this year’s sites.

September 19, 2014
A lot of focus is put on the art during ArtPrize — and rightly so — but venues might be just as important in the long run. Read More

B.O.B. plans begin to take shape

Orion Real Estate Solutions will partner with The Gilmore Collection.

September 5, 2014
A serious step has been taken toward building the next major residential tower in the downtown Grand Rapids skyline. Read More

Region’s building boom attracts property managers

Newmark Grubb|Cressy & Everett opens GR office to handle west side of the state.

September 5, 2014
With dozens of property management companies in the Grand Rapids area, it might seem the market is a little crowded. Read More

Redevelopment of 25 Ottawa focuses on vibrancy, hospitality

Tenants will notice exterior changes and interior amenities.

September 5, 2014
When Franklin Partners announced recently its plan to redevelop the 25 Ottawa building, it pointed to the importance of making the building stand out and creating a hospitality-centered environment for future tenants. Read More

State Bar honors attorney Carl Ver Beek with highest award

Varnum attorney’s lengthy career is marked by community and professional participation.

August 29, 2014
On Sept. 17, the State Bar of Michigan will honor Varnum attorney Carl Ver Beek with the Roberts P. Hudson Award at its annual meeting being held in Grand Rapids. Read More

Law firm adds practice group focused on managing data

A common problem for companies is maintaining far more data than necessary.

August 29, 2014
More than 190 billion emails are being sent globally each business day, which means companies are generating data at an ever-accelerating pace, according to Dawn Garcia Ward, attorney at Warner Norcross. Read More

Declining demographic, better economy impact enrollment

To compete, West Michigan colleges and universities are increasing their recruitment efforts.

August 22, 2014
Students are beginning to take their seats as college classes kick off for the fall semester, but enrollment may face challenges in the future. Read More

WMU students launch SafeSense Technologies with impact sensor

Helmet product is designed to measure concussive blows on gridiron and battlefield.

August 22, 2014
An innovative pressure sensor developed by West Michigan University graduate students can now detect concussive head trauma, with applications both on the playing field and in the battlefield. Read More