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Facebook aims to train individuals in tech skills

Social media company partnering with six local organizations to teach basic digital marketing skills.

June 22, 2018
Facebook recently announced a pledge to train 1 million individuals and small business owners across the U.S. by 2020. Read More

Study shows business case for racial equity

Report finds Michigan can gain $92 billion in economic output by 2050 if racial disparities are eliminated.

June 22, 2018
A recent study found Michigan could gain $92 billion in economic output by 2050 if racial disparities in health, education, incarceration and employment are eliminated. Read More

Kent mulls childhood millage

Six-year millage would help fund a gap in prevention and early intervention services.

June 22, 2018
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) Kent County is considering whether residents will vote on a six-year millage to support early childhood development services. Read More

Summer Games hosting Opening Ceremony

June 21, 2018
The Opening Ceremony for an Olympic-style event in West Michigan is Friday. Read More

SBDC producing How to Buy or Sell a Business

June 19, 2018
The Michigan Small Business Development Center will host a conference downtown this month for entrepreneurs to learn about buying or selling a business. Read More

GM unveils Wyoming plant upgrade

Overhaul of $119M brings axle production for full-size trucks back in-house, creating 300 jobs.

June 15, 2018
General Motors completed a yearslong $119-million upgrade to its Wyoming components plant, creating hundreds of local jobs in the process. Read More

GR well on its way to becoming an entrepreneurial hotspot

Start Garden among many organizations helping entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life.

June 15, 2018
Grand Rapids is making a name for itself in the entrepreneurial space. Read More

DDA approves FY2019 budget

In addition to supporting five GR Forward goals, DDA also approved a retail innovation/incubation grant.

June 15, 2018
The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority has hit the final step in the 2019 budget approval process. Read More

Feds award Ford airport $18.7M for project

June 15, 2018
Gerald R. Ford International Airport has been awarded $18.7 million from the federal government for a major construction project. Read More

Taste of Muskegon serving 'best' of the city

June 14, 2018
A festival showcasing restaurants from the Muskegon area is taking place this weekend. Read More