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Partnership launches med-tech venture fund

April 18, 2014
The medical field is gaining a new investor for entrepreneurs pursuing the launch of innovative technology products or services. Read More

Kent County commission to consider agribusiness study

Recurring concerns about farmland preservation led to the proposal.

April 18, 2014
An agribusiness “community work group,” similar to the one set up by Kent County a couple of years ago to study collaboration and potential consolidation of local governments, has been proposed by the Board of Commissioners’ Executive Committee. Read More

City approves finance pact with DGRI

The Grand Rapids comptroller objected on legal reasons but was overruled.

April 18, 2014
A financial agreement between the city of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. has been approved by the city commission, despite objections by city comptroller Sara Vander Werff. Read More

Distillery sets sights on west side

Long Road Distillers is expected to open to the public in the fall.

April 11, 2014
The city’s west side is about to get a craft distillery. Read More

Could Russia impact West Michigan?

So far, sanctions are against individuals and one financial institution.

April 11, 2014
In short, yes: West Michigan could feel the impact of U.S. sanctions against Russia, particularly if sanctions targeting specific industries are imposed. Read More

Lakeshore Advantage names president

April 10, 2014
The nonprofit promoting economic development in Ottawa County has named a new president. Read More

Universal Forest Products acquires component manufacturer

April 7, 2014
A Universal Forest Products subsidiary has purchased certain assets of a building component manufacturer located in Locust, N.C. Read More

BLM updates strategic plan

The Michigan Turnaround Plan will emphasize three steps instead of six.

April 4, 2014
Almost five years after the launch of the Michigan Turnaround Plan by the Business Leaders for Michigan, the statewide organization of top executives from 80 leading companies and universities is unveiling a change in strategy to continue the state’s progress toward more jobs, higher incomes and a healthier economy. Read More

GR planners back expanded U.S. 131 study

April 4, 2014
The Grand Rapids Planning Commission is in support of an expanded study regarding the future of U.S. 131. Read More

Forget travel: Grand Rapids is a top destination for business development

March 31, 2014
Last December, the popular and off-the-beaten-track travel website Lonely Planet ranked Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast at the top of its “Top 10 U.S. travel destinations for 2014." Read More