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Designing cities for people, not cars

Expert says that’s how vibrant and healthy communities are created.

September 19, 2014
Guillermo Penalosa has a message for city planners: Design cities for people. Read More

Portal emerges to help start-ups

It will connect entrepreneurs with partner organizations that fit their needs.

September 19, 2014
As the entrepreneurial spirit continues to flourish in West Michigan with new ideas, research, innovative technology and creativity taking root, a new initiative is using an online platform to connect individuals with business resources. Read More

Wheel maker drives into market with 300 jobs

September 17, 2014
A subsidiary of a Chinese wheel maker is planning to enter the state by opening a $140-million plant in the region and creating 300 jobs. Read More

Auto supplier plans up to 620 jobs

September 17, 2014
A supplier of carbon fiber parts to the auto industry is planning to bring up to 620 jobs to the area. Read More

WM Sustainable Business Forum celebrates 20 years

Initially, businesses and environmentalists often felt pitted against one another.

September 12, 2014
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum has come a long way since its founding in 1994, when the idea of businesses and environmental organizations collaborating was mostly unheard of. Read More

Event provides matchmaking for Michigan business

Summit will hook up suppliers of all kinds with potential large customers.

September 12, 2014
Business Leaders for Michigan and Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Pure Michigan Business Connect are planning an invitation-only supplier summit Oct. 8 at the Lansing Center. Read More

Mall sale fetches $68 million

September 11, 2014
Centerpointe Mall has at last been sold. Read More

Study: Grand River restoration creates up to $20M annual impact

September 8, 2014
Grand Rapids Whitewater revealed details Monday on the economic impact of restoring the “jewel of the river,” with all signs pointing to conservative estimates. Read More

Report says Grand River restoration ROI is quick

Developers could have permit drawings ready within a year.

September 8, 2014
Grand Rapids Whitewater has taken a large step toward proving the validity of restoring the Grand River’s rapids in the city’s downtown with today’s release of an Anderson Economic Group study. Read More

Amway commits to invest in Ada Village development

September 5, 2014
The means of funding the planned $13 million redevelopment of Ada Village will be introduced to the public tonight by the township board and Ada Downtown Development Authority. Read More