Economic Development

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Manufacturer plans $5.6M expansion

June 28, 2016
A Holland-based automated equipment maker is creating 250 jobs and investing $5.6 million into the region via an expansion. Read More

City ranks among best for economic development

June 28, 2016
For the second straight year, Grand Rapids has been named one of the top three metropolitan areas in the nation for economic development. Read More

Where do you draw the line?

Definition of downtown Grand Rapids’ boundaries depends on whom you ask.

June 27, 2016
(See map below and as seen on WZZM TV 13) Downtown Grand Rapids has official boundaries defined by various government entities, but perceptions continue to change as the city evolves. Read More

Utility spends $200M with West Michigan businesses

June 27, 2016
A utility is reporting that it spent $200 million with businesses located in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties last year. Read More

Ethnic diversity nonprofit celebrates 20 years

Progress has been made, but director says much more can be done.

June 24, 2016
For 20 years, Gail Harrison has been fighting for ethnic diversity along the West Michigan lakeshore. Read More

Developer plans redevelopment of urban block

June 21, 2016
A developer has acquired property in the downtown of a lakeshore city as part of its block-wide plan to create space for restaurants, entertainment, stores, apartments, condos and offices. Read More

Program boosts 2nd stage for rising minority firms

June 17, 2016
A new business growth program hosted by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is off and running. Read More

Reaching for the Switch

County sets in motion tax zone request to draw data center to Pyramid.

June 10, 2016
Kent County commissioners are a step closer to finalizing the deal to bring Switch Ltd. to West Michigan. Read More

Slow grow: Business leaders’ predictions reflect doubts

Quarterly survey finds fewer expect economy to improve in the next 18 months.

June 10, 2016
Some of Michigan’s top business leaders forecast slow economic growth over the next year and a half for the state and nation. Read More

Auto supplier plans 100-plus jobs

June 9, 2016
A maker of “safety-critical” aluminum auto components in the region is planning to expand its operation and create more than 100 jobs in the process. Read More