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Parking rate changes coming to downtown

There is sufficient space now, but development may change that.

October 24, 2014
Currently, downtown Grand Rapids has sufficient parking available based on demand; however, new development could lead to a shortage. Read More

City hosts business leaders from Netherlands

Effort is part of strengthening ties between the two regions.

October 24, 2014
Members of the West Michigan Global Initiative hosted a contingent of business leaders from the Netherlands recently as part of an effort to strengthen business ties between the country and West Michigan. Read More

Grand River should be the ‘gem’ of the city

Group embarks on preliminary engineering and design work that would restore the rapids.

October 24, 2014
“How can you make Grand Rapids suck a little less?” Read More

Developers target Grand Rapids' 'next great neighborhood'

October 22, 2014
The historic Creston neighborhood in northeast Grand Rapids is set to see three projects under development that will create new apartments, a rooftop bar and retail space — which city officials believe will help transform the area. Read More

GR Forward is now open for business

Temporary information center will solicit opinions on how region should grow.

October 17, 2014
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. has opened its temporary GR Forward Open House center in downtown Grand Rapids, where the public can learn about plans for the future of downtown as well as the Grand River corridor and GR Public Schools Museum School and Innovation Central High. Read More

New uses sought for outdated newspaper buildings

Former Grand Rapids Press building will be used by Michigan State University.

LANSING — As some Michigan newspapers downsize to smaller offices, they are leaving behind massive buildings that are outdated but still critical to the communities they cover. Read More

Building company earns B-Corp designation

October 17, 2014
Long focused on the triple bottom line, Bazzani Building Co. recently decided to see if it was really walking the walk as a sustainably minded and socially responsible business. Read More

State names VP to lead 'Pure Michigan'

October 17, 2014
An award-winning tourism executive and Michigan native will be the new vice president leading the state’s “Pure Michigan” campaign. Read More

Architecture firm moves into university business park

October 16, 2014
An architecture and engineering firm is the newest tenant at a university’s business park in the region. Read More

DDA supports $35M Waters Building project

The developer is also seeking brownfield financing through the city.

October 10, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority has approved the recommendation of its Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. administrative staff to provide $70,000 in two grants and up to $1.48 million in future tax increment receipts to support the planned $35 million total re-development of the historic Waters Building on Ottawa Avenue downtown. Read More