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Downtown Market says it’s on ‘solid footing’

Despite twice requesting extensions on $3-million loan from state, market’s CEO and president claims it is ‘financially sustainable.’

February 17, 2017
Despite having twice requested extensions on its $3-million loan with the state of Michigan, Mimi Fritz of the Grand Rapids Downtown Market said the Grand Action and Downtown Development Authority-backed venture is financially sustainable and doing well. Read More

Fast-growing investment firm looks to the future

FormulaFolio Investments lands on Inc. lists, doubles its downtown footprint — and now aims for certified B Corp. status

February 17, 2017
For Ryan Wenk, watching FormulaFolio Investment’s year-over-year growth has been like witnessing a car traveling at full speed. Read More

Partners representing West Michigan at SXSW Michigan House

February 17, 2017
For the third year, Michigan House will be finding a temporary home at SXSW in Austin, Texas — and this time, they’re bringing Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. Read More

Tribe makes nearly $7M in revenue-sharing payments

February 17, 2017
A tribe in the region has distributed millions in revenue-sharing payments to the state and local governments. Read More

Real estate firm releases downtown parking report

February 16, 2017
A local commercial real estate firm has released a report on parking in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

The Right Place appoints board members

February 16, 2017
A local economic development nonprofit has appointed nine new members to its board of directors and re-appointed three officers. Read More

GRBJ Podcast: Birgit Klohs of The Right Place

February 14, 2017
Birgit Klohs — president and CEO of The Right Place — is the featured guest in episode 21 of the GRBJ Podcast. Read More

Pet treat startup wins 5x5 Night

February 13, 2017
A startup maker of pet treats has won the latest 5x5 Night. Read More

Inside Track: Driving force fuels Ross

New co-director of Start Garden: Everyone has a responsibility to make the city inclusive, equitable and diverse.

February 10, 2017
Darel Ross II, the new co-director of Start Garden, is a man on a mission. Read More

Parking at 95 percent capacity

City focuses on building surface parking lots rather than parking structures.

February 10, 2017
Grand Rapids may not have the solution to the city’s parking crunch just yet, but officials are willing to listen to questions. Read More