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Last major film to get state incentives finishes filming in Grand Rapids

Varnum attorney serves as executive producer for ‘God Bless the Broken Road.’

May 27, 2016
One of the last films eligible to receive a hefty sum of Michigan film incentives just wrapped up in Grand Rapids. Read More

New construction fuels retail surge

But without more development, the office and industrial markets are lagging.

May 27, 2016
The local retail real estate sector is humming, but office and industrial are lagging, according to recent quarterly reports from Colliers International|Western Michigan. Read More

College launches co-working space

May 25, 2016
A local college is enhancing its newly re-branded innovation hub. Read More

Thinking outside the box

Employers that have banned the felony box on job applications see workforce rewards.

May 20, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) In 2014, 10,000 prisoners were paroled in Michigan, and approximately 900 of them returned to Kent County to rebuild their lives. Read More

Small biz tussles with red tape

Overtime pay, numerous regulations and health care all are sticking points.

May 20, 2016
There are thousands of regulations on the city, state and federal levels that a small business owner must meet in order to start a business. Read More

Leanness, learning pay off for Michigan Office Solutions

The office equipment dealer hustles to keep up with changes in technology.

May 20, 2016
A shift in philosophy six years ago has done wonders for Michigan Office Solutions. Read More

The Right Place looks ahead to next strategic plan

Agency surpasses investment goal; in home stretch for jobs, payroll.

May 20, 2016
Economic development agency The Right Place is nearing the end of its most recent strategic plan, and the results are coming in. Read More

DDA’s $8.6M budget fuels GR Forward

It includes plans for 103 capital projects, 92 of which were outlined in the master plan amendment.

May 20, 2016
The Grand Rapids City Commission will consider an $8.6 million 2017 budget recommendation from the Downtown Development Authority June 7. Read More

Kraft Heinz picks West Michigan for Grey Poupon production

May 18, 2016
Kraft Heinz Company is planning to make 100 percent of its Grey Poupon mustard in West Michigan. Read More

Downtown Grand Rapids names Movies in the Park lineup

May 17, 2016
Break out the popcorn, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. has announced its summer Movies in the Park lineup. Read More