Economic Development

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Muskegon creates business resource group

New entity’s goal is to connect businesses with development opportunities.

April 24, 2015
Four lakeshore-based agencies have launched an outreach program to coordinate the delivery of services offered by resource partners in the state providing opportunities and tools for Muskegon businesses. Read More

More loans, more members for Michigan Credit Unions

MCUL reports that 2014 was a high-growth year for Michigan.

April 24, 2015
Michigan credit unions, according to the Michigan Credit Union League, enjoyed double-digit increases in business loans and auto loans through 2014, plus a healthy jump in membership. Read More

Michigan Work Share offers alternative to layoffs

April 24, 2015
To avoid layoffs during a slowdown, Michigan employers can now reduce hours employees work during the week through a work sharing, unemployment insurance program. Read More

Water, water everywhere

Report calls for Michigan to become a global freshwater innovation center.

April 17, 2015
A new report released earlier this month, Michigan’s Blue Economy, highlights several ways the state is already a leader in the area of water-related businesses, university research and placemaking, while also laying out a path to turn Michigan into a freshwater innovation center on a national and global level. Read More

Diversity is a challenge in Ottawa

April 17, 2015
The State of Ottawa County 2015 address made by the county administrator makes it clear: It has a lot going for it but more effort is needed to encourage and promote diversity. Read More

Utilities argue for repeal of energy choice

Grand Rapids Chamber and some West Michigan companies oppose the proposal.

April 17, 2015
David Mengebier says repeal of Michigan’s 10 percent energy choice law is the most reliable and affordable way of providing electricity to customers in Michigan. Read More

Downtown Development Authority changes grant process for events

April 14, 2015
The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority is making changes to how it evaluates events after a request from one of its alliances to standardize its grant program for events. Read More

Developer receives up to $210K for downtown streetscape work

April 13, 2015
A developer has been awarded up to $210,000 in funds for streetscape improvements as part of its roughly $5-million renovation of a building in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

Business leaders sound alarm

Companies partner with educators.

April 10, 2015
The disconnect between workers’ skills and what employers need is reaching “emergency” proportions. Read More

Survey finds business owners are optimistic

April 10, 2015
A national survey by PNC Bank indicates that small and mid-sized business owners are more optimistic this year about their company’s prospects and the U.S. economy. Read More