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Ag company building $1.2M storage facility

February 19, 2018
An agricultural company is planning to construct a $1.2-million storage facility in the region. Read More

Record attendance drives hotel revenue

Rise in daily room rates, entertainment options attributed to number of hotel rooms booked.

February 16, 2018
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Kent County’s hotel revenue saw an increase of 6.8 percent in 2017. The percentage growth has not been as large as in past years, but the record revenue of nearly $211 million can be attributed to several factors. Read More

Lakeshore Advantage supports $90M in private investment

The economic development agency supported 49 business expansion projects in 2017 that resulted in more than 650 new jobs.

February 16, 2018
Last year’s numbers are in for Lakeshore Advantage, the nonprofit economic development organization serving employers in Ottawa and northern Allegan counties. Read More

Mayor calls for teamwork

In third State of the City address, Bliss details progress of 2017, challenges for 2018.

February 16, 2018
The positive developments in Grand Rapids last year happened because of community partnerships, according to Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. She said teamwork will be even more essential heading into a challenging 2018. Read More

Companies investing $105M in operations and creating 262 jobs

February 15, 2018
Two companies in the region are planning to expand their operations and workforces — after a number of improvements to nearby roadways. Read More

Grand Rapids hosting Neighborhood Summit

February 15, 2018
The city of Grand Rapids will host a free summit on economic equity next month. Read More

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. appoints CEO and board members

February 14, 2018
The management entity for downtown Grand Rapids has selected its new top executive and board members. Read More

Grand Rapids kicking off Beer Month

February 14, 2018
A month-long Grand Rapids beer festival is getting started. Read More

New study highlights impact of immigrants

Organization estimates Michigan’s economy would take $389M hit if Dreamers are relocated.

February 9, 2018
Amid contentious congressional debate about immigration policy, including the future of the Dreamers program, a new report sheds light on one important aspect of the controversy surrounding immigration — its impact on the U.S. economy. Read More

Downtown hosting World of Winter festival

February 9, 2018
Downtown Grand Rapids is kicking off an eight-day winter festival. Read More