Economic Development

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Start Garden reveals 100 Ideas finalists

April 25, 2018
Start Garden has named the 100 finalists in its 100 Ideas competition. Read More

Brewery picks next location in West Michigan

April 20, 2018
A brewery has been awarded a $200,000 incentive to open a new location in the region. Read More

Monroe North owners express parking concerns

City says it’s working with businesses on ‘regulated’ parking options.

April 20, 2018
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Business owners in Monroe North are clearing the air on parking. Read More

ArtPrize paints rosy economic picture

Ninth iteration of art competition creates estimated $33 million in local economic impact.

April 20, 2018
The largest art festival in Grand Rapids continues to have a great effect on the local economy. Read More

Region finds itself in landlord market

Limited vacancies make desirable commercial real estate locations harder to find.

April 20, 2018
The West Michigan commercial real estate market has been at a standstill recently. Read More

Workforce issues haunt West Michigan community leaders

Panel participants make call to action before ‘it’s too late.’

April 20, 2018
Leaders from business and community organizations are stepping up efforts to address West Michigan workforce issues. Read More

Ford airport reports best-ever month

April 17, 2018
Last month was the busiest month in the history of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Read More

$70M building designed to be urban 'beacon'

April 16, 2018
Construction is scheduled to begin this summer on a $70-million mixed-use building in the region. Read More

West Michigan town is No. 1 'small city to start a business' in US

April 16, 2018
A town in West Michigan has been ranked the most business-friendly small city in the nation. Read More

Region goes back to school on talent

West Michigan joins statewide Talent Pipeline Management Academy to solve labor crunch.

April 13, 2018
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has schooled a group of West Michigan stakeholders on connecting the dots between training providers and employers. Read More