An in-depth look at specific West Michigan industries.
2016 will bring leadership transitions and continued development.
The city of Grand Rapids is “ringing in the New Year” with a transition of leadership, as Rosalynn Bliss assumes the mayoral role Jan. 1, Dave Allen becomes Third Ward Commissioner, and Jon O’Connor takes on the role of a First Ward Commissioner. Read More
A gap in skilled talent remains top of mind.
Economic development organizations such as Grand Rapids-based The Right Place Inc. and Zeeland-based Lakeshore Advantage seek to drive economic prosperity in the West Michigan region by attracting, retaining and expanding businesses and providing support for job seekers and potential talent. Read More
Firm features some of the same technologies used in the auto industry.
While 2009 was an awful year for many West Michigan businesses, Jim TenBrink and Joel Zylstra saw it as their window of opportunity for starting a medical modeling company with a new approach to product development. Read More
Talent shortage will become more acute as current workers retire.
“Without tool-and-die makers and machinists to build things, our country is going to be in trouble,” said Rob Willsea, recruiting and sales manager for Expert Technical Training. Read More
But if incentives can’t keep auto sales rolling, all bets are off.
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Since the Great Recession, the auto industry has been on an upswing, a positive change that’s been more evident in Michigan than anywhere else. Read More
Pro Vision sees success in transit, law enforcement and commercial markets.
A local company that equips police cruisers, transit buses and commercial and industrial vehicles across the globe with mobile camera systems is gearing up for growth as it sees increasing opportunities across all three of its market segments. Read More
LANSING — Michigan has only 2 percent of the nation’s public charging stations for electric vehicles. Lansing has the most — 27 — followed by Detroit with 25. Read More