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Developer plans 12-story hotel downtown

January 19, 2017
A slated $63.5-million downtown project could switch from apartments to a hotel. Read More

American Seating says goodbye to the ballpark

Company intends to sell architectural fixed seating business to Irwin Seating; will focus on transportation seating.

January 13, 2017
American Seating announced its intentions to exit the fixed seating market, which includes seating for outdoor sports stadiums, auditorium and lecture halls, and performing arts theaters, earlier this month. Read More

Retail opportunity arises in West Michigan

With closing of Sears in Woodland Mall, experts predict national realtors will be eager to fill space.

January 13, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Area realtors are looking at the closure of the Woodland Mall Sears as an opportunity for the region. Read More

City turns to sensors for data

Grand Rapids takes first step toward becoming smart city with installation of antenna to gather traffic, energy data.

January 13, 2017
A new technology in Grand Rapids launched last weekend could help the city become more efficient. Read More

Ford airport books record year

January 13, 2017
Gerald R. Ford International Airport is reporting a record number of passengers flew through the airport last year. Read More

Tech company expanding operation

January 11, 2017
A technology company in the area is investing $364,000 to grow its operation. Read More

GRBJ Podcast: Carlos Sanchez of Ferris State

January 10, 2017
Carlos Sanchez — director of the Ferris State University Latino Business and Economic Development Center — is the featured guest in episode 16 of the GRBJ Podcast. Read More

Grand River restoration project receives $4M from feds

January 6, 2017
The Grand River Revitalization and Rapids Restoration Project has received a $4-million boost from the federal government. Read More

Future looks bright for GR housing market

Amerinote Xchange CEO predicts millennial generation will push into home ownership.

December 30, 2016
Many signs point to Grand Rapids maintaining a strong housing market in 2017. Read More

Sports commission expects to bring 80 events in 2017

Organization to host State Games of America, with estimated economic impact of $5.6 million.

December 23, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) With 2017 rapidly approaching, West Michigan Sports Commission president Mike Guswiler made a confident claim: “It’s going to be a good year.” Read More