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SBDC to offer online class for start-ups

Anyone can sign up but only Michigan residents get personal consultant.

January 30, 2015
The Michigan Small Business Development Center, located at Grand Valley State University, is launching a new program called Start Smart Online. Read More

Sports commission contributes $145M to local economy

Sports tourism is a nearly recession-proof industry.

January 30, 2015
Youth and amateur sports can fly under the radar, but the West Michigan Sports Commission has grabbed it by the horns and made it a major part of the West Michigan economy. Read More

West Michigan retaining young, educated residents

Grand Rapids is most popular destination for people from other states.

LANSING — While many of Michigan’s counties are experiencing an exodus of the young and educated, the Greater Grand Rapids region is bucking the trend. Read More

Panel wants airport authority details amended

A few issues, particularly the size of the authority board, need to be resolved.

January 30, 2015
A committee of the Kent County Board of Commissioners has postponed for two weeks its approval of a 64-page draft document that will spell out key details of the proposed airport authority that would take over operation of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Read More

Varga, Silver Line cited with Newsmaker award

State’s first bus rapid transit system is seen as economic development engine.

January 30, 2015
It’s been a long road for Peter Varga. Read More

Corridor draws city planners’ attention

Medical Mile’s growing pains are at center of proposal.

January 30, 2015
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) The Michigan Street Corridor has seen $1 billion worth of development in the past decade, and if projections are correct, the area — also known as the Medical Mile — will see millions of dollars more in development over the course of the next decade. Read More

RV maker plans three facilities, 396 jobs

January 27, 2015
An Indiana-based subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway that makes recreational vehicles plans to construct three facilities in the region and create 396 jobs to support its three new product lines. Read More

GRCC hosts annual Giants Awards at DeVos Place

Event honors African-American individuals and organizations for community involvement.

January 23, 2015
Next month an annual awards banquet will honor the influential work and initiatives of 13 African-American individuals and organizations. Read More

River at center of GR Forward’s plans

Organization identifies six goals, including creation of a true ‘downtown neighborhood.’

January 23, 2015
Following extensive public outreach efforts to gather feedback from all sectors of the Grand Rapids community, GR Forward presented an initial draft vision and set of six goals recently during a standing-room-only public forum. Read More

Grand Rapids ranks 69th in world for economic growth rate

January 22, 2015
With economic indicator levels outpacing the national economy, the Grand Rapids metro is also growing at a faster rate than Shanghai and other major markets across the globe. Read More