Economic Development

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Training fund bumps up pool to $20 million

West Michigan Works! helps employers with competitive grants.

August 28, 2015
The state program designed to support employer-responsive training increases to $20 million as it launches a third round of funding this fall. Read More

Partnership gives green light to marketing select properties

Regional group touts key industrial locations, including Wyoming’s former GM site.

August 28, 2015
Kent County commissioners got an update from The Right Place Inc. on the just-launched Greenlightwm.com to market some vacant high-profile municipal and county-owned properties in Kent and Muskegon counties for business development. Read More

Partners plan upscale bistro, bakery and café

August 27, 2015
A bakery, café and full-service restaurant are in the works for a vacant building in the growing Plainfield Avenue corridor. Read More

Chamber names Young Athena finalists

August 27, 2015
Young professionals who are recognized as emerging leaders will be celebrated during an event next month. Read More

New York investor buys downtown building

August 26, 2015
The downtown property commonly known as both Lofts @ 5 Lyon and the Commerce Building has a new owner. Read More

Grand Rapids raises its barbecue profile

Restaurants are hustling to meet demand for immensely popular comfort food.

August 21, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Kansas City, Memphis … and Grand Rapids? Read More

Sports commission builds area’s athletic profile

Art Van Sports Complex, NCAA championships boost tourism economy.

August 21, 2015
With the West Michigan Sports Commission’s inaugural Gridiron Classic this week, the organization’s summer is nearing an end. Read More

Gun Lake Casino stops annual payments to state

At issue is Michigan’s launch of Internet lottery sales a year ago.

August 21, 2015
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is planning staff cuts after the tribal owners of Gun Lake Casino stopped paying the state a portion of its slot machine gambling profits, as was stipulated in the compact made with the state. Read More

Event gathers foodies at iconic location

August 21, 2015
A historic location will be the setting for a gathering of some of the lakeshore’s best food and beverage providers. Read More

West Michigan produces 19 of fastest-growing companies in US

August 21, 2015
Nineteen West Michigan companies were named to the Inc. magazine 500|5000 list. Read More