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Confidence in the city remains high

Amid uncertainty following Grand Action shutdown, community leaders look to next steps.

September 22, 2017
Three local executives said they don’t know where the city is headed — but they agreed Grand Action has set the stage for future growth. Read More

20-acre property on 28th Street for sale

September 21, 2017
More than 20 acres of vacant land along 28th Street are for sale. Read More

Aerospace supplier investing $6M in expansion

September 20, 2017
An aerospace supplier is expanding one of its facilities in the region. Read More

Local First producing workshop on business structures

September 18, 2017
The next installment in a Local First workshop series will focus on helping entrepreneurs learn about pros and cons of various business structures. Read More

No heirs apparent for Grand Action 2.0

As co-chairs retire, committee waits for next generation of leaders to emerge with a new focus for Grand Rapids.

September 15, 2017
The thing about vision is, it can dim over time. And the retiring co-chairs of Grand Action Committee are waiting for younger eyes to take over with a fresh plan for the city. Read More

What they’ve accomplished

Grand Action’s fingerprints are all over downtown projects.

September 15, 2017
Grand Action was founded in 1991, originally as an outgrowth of Grand Vision. Read More

The Rapid rolls out transit study

Public transit provider launches public feedback tool for input on system improvements.

September 15, 2017
The Rapid is reaching out for customer input to determine how it will improve its system in the next 10 years. Read More

Grand Action leaders shut it down

September 15, 2017
Grand Action Committee co-chairs John Canepa, Dick DeVos and David Frey are retiring from their roles within the organization at the end of the year, effectively sidelining the business-based nonprofit that has been the catalyst for more than $3.5 billion in downtown economic development and was instrumental in Grand Rapids’ growth over the past 25 years. Read More

Dick DeVos: 'Mission accomplished'

September 15, 2017
For Dick DeVos, the Grand Action retrospective starts with a clear, concise two-word phrase. Read More

David Frey: 'Not your grandmother's Grand Rapids'

September 15, 2017
The current strength of private development in Grand Rapids has Grand Action Co-chair David Frey feeling good about handing off the baton. Read More