Economic Development

The Right Place, Lakeshore Advantage, Southwest First and others


Van Andel Arena is a catalytic anchor

Several projects have created a new identity for Grand Rapids over the past two decades.

October 9, 2015
When Neil Diamond took the Van Andel Arena stage Oct. 10, 1996, everyone in Grand Rapids was there. Read More

Inside Track: Owens has a passion for nurturing the community

The leader of Lakeshore Advantage finds the position suits her thirst for knowledge and professional growth.

October 9, 2015
The president of Lakeshore Advantage brings a wealth of experience as an economic developer to supporting businesses in the region. Read More

Chinese foreign direct investment is on the rise

Experts expect Chinese FDI to reach $100 billion to $200 billion in next five years.

October 9, 2015
Nineteen years ago, when Sheldon Day became mayor of Thomasville, Alabama, the biggest issue he faced was the city’s exports: its children. Read More

Community colleges push job training

Programs are being offered both at schools and on location.

October 9, 2015
LANSING — Michigan employers can get free job training for their new workers from local community colleges. Read More

Get Caught Blue-Handed Day impacts local businesses

The ‘Buy Nearby’ campaign supports Michigan’s $93.7B retail industry.

October 9, 2015
Getting caught red-handed usually isn’t a whole lot of fun. Getting caught blue-handed — now that’s a different story. Read More

Beehive designer wins 5x5 Night

October 6, 2015
All honeybees may have a king in the form of one entrepreneur. Read More

Power systems maker wins state funds

October 6, 2015
A maker of power systems has been awarded state funds to help commercialize its products. Read More

Grand Rapids hears from Downtown Improvement District businesses

October 5, 2015
Downtown Improvement District businesses will have the opportunity to speak to Grand Rapids city commissioners regarding the DID board’s five-year special assessment proposal. Read More

Right Place: 30 years of networking

For the organization’s CEO, the first is still the best.

October 2, 2015
The Right Place Inc. broke the ice when it attracted its first international investment to the area in 1990; now it’s celebrating 30 years of building a network of business relationships in West Michigan. Read More

Brewery taps into expansion

October 2, 2015
A brewery in the region has begun a long-needed expansion. Read More