Economic Development

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Hudsonville makes push for growth

Community center and upscale restaurant among city expansion projects.

July 21, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A project to turn Hudsonville from a drive-by community to a destination is well underway. Read More

Partners producing Young Professionals of Color Conference

July 21, 2017
A local manufacturer is partnering with several area groups to host a conference on helping young professionals of color innovate and grow. Read More

Grand Rapids Whitewater hires president and CEO

July 21, 2017
The downtown river restoration project has a new leader. Read More

Breastfeeding startup wins InnovateHER

July 19, 2017
An entrepreneur who created a product to help working moms continue breastfeeding has won $8,000 in prizes at a local pitch competition. Read More

Plastics supplier investing $5.8M in operations

July 18, 2017
A plastic components maker is investing $5.8 million in the state, including at one of its West Michigan facilities. Read More

Industrial real estate demand high

Despite appeal, rising construction costs make new builds without a secured tenant too risky.

July 14, 2017
Industrial real estate demand in West Michigan shows no signs of slowing down, but construction costs still constrain development. Read More

Affordable housing projects receive $2.3M from state

July 14, 2017
Three West Michigan affordable housing projects have been awarded a total of $2.3 million from the state. Read More

Ford airport reports best-ever June

July 14, 2017
For the sixth time this year, Gerald R. Ford International Airport has posted another monthly passenger record. Read More

Sparta hosting Town & Country Days

July 14, 2017
Thousands of people are expected to visit Sparta next week for its four-day heritage festival. Read More

Legislature approves tax breaks for companies that add jobs

July 13, 2017
Qualified companies that create hundreds or thousands of Michigan jobs will receive tax incentives under bills approved by lawmakers, six years after Gov. Rick Snyder and fellow Republicans replaced such breaks with a scaled-back economic development program. Read More