Economic Development

The Right Place, Lakeshore Advantage, Southwest First and others


Nonprofit buying 177 properties for affordable housing

June 26, 2017
A Grand Rapids affordable housing nonprofit is under contract to buy 177 properties. Read More

Nonprofit earns $500K grant

June 26, 2017
A local economic development nonprofit has been awarded a $500,000 grant to support its neighborhood revitalization projects. Read More

Program provides burst of energy to startups

SURGE connects entrepreneurs at all stages of development to services.

June 23, 2017
To better assist entrepreneurs in West Michigan, Zeeland-based economic development agency Lakeshore Advantage launched a new initiative fueled by input from the entrepreneurs themselves. Read More

Developer plans $8.6M commercial project

June 23, 2017
A Grand Rapids developer is planning a commercial project in the area with restaurant, retail and office spaces. Read More

Exec wins Business Person of the Year award

June 21, 2017
Birgit Klohs, president and CEO of The Right Place, can add another award to her mantle. Read More

GRBJ Podcast: Kurt Trevan of Gun Lake Investments

June 20, 2017
Kurt Trevan — the CEO of Gun Lake Investments — is the featured guest in episode 39 of the GRBJ Podcast. Read More

Soul food restaurant closes doors

June 19, 2017
A soul food restaurant in Grand Rapids has closed. Read More

City launches initiative for racial equity

Mayor, higher ed leaders, private sector will seek inclusive solutions for boosting minority employment and job creation.

June 16, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss promised in her 2016 State of the City address that she would focus on racial equity, and she intends to keep her word. Read More

DDA approves spending for Lyons Edge project

Agency to pay $370,000 for improvements that include replacing the existing stepped amphitheater with more green space.

June 16, 2017
A $4-million improvement project to Lyons Edge continues to inch along. Read More

Packaging company expanding plant

June 16, 2017
A packaging company is spending $10.8 million to expand its operation in the region. Read More