Economic Development

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State approves $19.3M for West Side project

April 25, 2017
A $55-million West Side project, including a planned Meijer store, has been approved by the state for $19.3 million in funding. Read More

24-story hotel envisioned for DeVos Place

April 24, 2017
A $97-million, 24-story hotel could be the solution for an underutilized area of DeVos Place downtown. Read More

Businesses: Own your problems

Cascade Engineering’s Keller urges leaders to step in and promote societal and cultural shifts.

April 21, 2017
Businesses should relish the opportunity to play a role in the societal and cultural shifts in our country, according to Cascade Engineering Chairman Fred Keller. Read More

Developer buys parking ramp for $3M

April 19, 2017
A parking ramp in the region has been sold to a developer. Read More

Workforce development agency partners for new location

April 19, 2017
Citing the need to provide job-search resources to those living in poverty, a regional workforce development agency has opened a satellite site at a social services nonprofit. Read More

GRBJ Podcast: Kris Larson of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

April 18, 2017
Kris Larson — the president and CEO of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. — is the featured guest in episode 30 of the GRBJ Podcast. Read More

Expert: West Michigan ‘well-positioned’ in trade market

CEO of SafeSource Trading credits region’s diversity in advanced manufacturing, agriculture for good standing.

April 14, 2017
A Chinese expert believes much of the world is looking at trade all wrong, but West Michigan has a lot to gain. Read More

Grand Rapids wins global FoodTrekking award for 'destination experience'

April 11, 2017
Grand Rapids is considered one of the best food and beverage destinations in the world. Read More

Events to discuss talent shortage in city

Speakers for Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s Summit Up! series to present on topics including racial disparity in engineering.

April 7, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce will address the challenges in attracting and retaining talent in the region, including the racial disparity in the engineering field, at the first in a series of events designed to engage the community in critical business issues. Read More

Forum to address municipal funding

Event will feature six mayors and discuss current state of program and how to improve it.

April 7, 2017
Municipal funding can be a confusing issue — which is why the Urban Metro Mayors and Managers are hosting a public forum to educate community members on the state’s current funding system. Read More