Economic Development

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Ag exporters turn eye toward China, South Korea

Five-day trade mission opens door for fruit producers and hops growers.

November 24, 2017
Five-day trade mission opens door for fruit producers and hops growers. Read More

An unwavering commitment to local businesses

The Right Place CEO Birgit Klohs celebrates 30 years of bringing jobs and investments to West Michigan.

November 24, 2017
Birgit Klohs said the Kent County business community has something that makes it unique: collaborative spirit and culture. Read More

Kent County board passes wage compensation for four units

Negotiators agree to 2-percent wage increases annually.

November 24, 2017
Kent County commissioners are in agreement with wage increases for four bargaining units. Read More

Table set for food initiative

Plan aims to connect region’s natural resources, education and infrastructure assets to grow agriculture exports by 2020.

November 24, 2017
An ambitious plan is taking shape on the lakeshore to grow the region’s labor pool and expand product development and agriculture exports. Read More

Housing Next hires first director

November 21, 2017
The Housing Next Leadership Council has named its first director. Read More

ReThink West Michigan welcomes ex-residents

November 20, 2017
A pair of local organizations are inviting job seekers home for the holidays. Read More

Ice cream maker creating up to 30 jobs

November 20, 2017
An ice cream maker in the region is planning to add up to 30 jobs. Read More

Public panel scrutinizes gentrification

Community leaders and experts see 'almost historic' levels of displacement.

November 17, 2017
Discussion about gentrification in Grand Rapids is gaining steam. Read More

Affordable housing plan moves forward

City commission presents proposals to amend zoning, add incentives to create ‘housing choice.’

November 17, 2017
The Grand Rapids City Commission unveiled its plan to address the city’s affordable housing crunch by spurring private development. Read More

Food companies win Making it in Michigan awards

November 17, 2017
Three West Michigan food businesses have won Making it in Michigan awards from Michigan State University. Read More