Economic Development

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West Michigan employers win $5M for workforce training

December 7, 2016
The state has awarded $5 million total to more than 120 employers in West Michigan for workforce training programs. Read More

GRBJ Podcast: Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss

December 6, 2016
Rosalynn Bliss — the mayor of Grand Rapids — is the featured guest in episode 11 of the GRBJ Podcast. Read More

Grand Action considers stadium, hotel and DeVos Place expansion

December 5, 2016
A professional soccer franchise, a new downtown hotel and a convention center expansion are among a list of proposed projects that could be undertaken in Grand Rapids over the next several years. Read More

City taps firm as lead developer for ex-GM plant site

December 5, 2016
A 92-acre industrial site in the area has a new lead developer. Read More

Finding a place for ‘trailing spouses’

Hello West Michigan connects uprooted families to jobs, volunteer opportunities and friends.

December 2, 2016
One of the challenges facing West Michigan when it comes to talent acquisition is how to secure workers who have spouses or partners who also need employment in the area. Read More

Tourism exec wins national award

November 30, 2016
A tourism exec in town is considered one of the top twenty-something professionals in the country by an industry association. Read More

Business incubator hires PR firm

November 30, 2016
A small business incubator focused on agricultural technology has selected a PR firm to help with its marketing and rebranding. Read More

Lakeshore Advantage honors Innovation Trailblazer

November 29, 2016
The founder of a publicly traded diversified manufacturer has been honored as an innovator by an economic development nonprofit. Read More

Procurement nonprofit elects president

November 24, 2016
An economic development leader in the region is the new president of a statewide nonprofit focused on helping businesses secure government contracts. Read More

Feds award state $2.5M grant for apprenticeships

November 24, 2016
A federal grant will allow Michigan to expand skilled-trade apprenticeship opportunities for underserved groups. Read More