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Nonprofit hosts Economic Outlook for West Michigan

November 20, 2014
A regional economic development nonprofit is hosting its Economic Outlook for West Michigan next month — an event that’s expected to draw business and community leaders from across the region. Read More

Civic agency produces downtown Speaker Series

November 18, 2014
After a successful first year, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. will host a second year of its popular Speaker Series, which focuses on downtown development topics. Read More

Real estate report reveals insights into West Michigan

UM/ULI’s second annual report says state is ‘undervalued’ by outside analysts.

November 14, 2014
Michigan’s real estate markets had “steady, but uneven,” growth this year. Read More

On-street concierge service gets second year

Downtown’s safety ambassadors generated more than 250,000 contacts during inaugural run.

November 14, 2014
The $300,000 on-street concierge program that launched last year in Grand Rapids is here to stay. Read More

Hotels are on record pace again

Industry has been booming in Kent County since 2012.

November 14, 2014
Business and leisure travelers continued to make their way to Beer City USA and the Kent County region in 2014. Read More

GR Forward employs several outreach methods

Organization is gathering citizen input on downtown’s future.

November 14, 2014
The future of Grand Rapids is housed at 50 Louis St. NW. Read More

Faith-based colleges share 2015 economic forecasts

Economists from Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone and Hope take a shot at it.

November 14, 2014
Only time will tell — about a year, actually — if there was a slam-dunk victory at the Economic Symposium: State of the Economy & Outlook for 2015 held at Aquinas College. Read More

Business Leaders for Michigan produces CEO Summit

November 11, 2014
There won’t be any shortage of West Michigan names and faces at the third-annual Michigan CEO Summit being put on Thursday in downtown Detroit by Business Leaders for Michigan. Read More

Neighborhood businesses garner awards

The newest Rodriguez Supermarket receives the 2014 Grand Award.

November 7, 2014
Ninety-six businesses were nominated for the 25th Annual Neighborhood Business Awards in Grand Rapids last week, with awards in more than a dozen categories presented by business leaders and city officials. Read More

Grand Rapids ranks among top 10 'Emerging Cities' in US for global trade

November 7, 2014
Grand Rapids is considered one of the nation's top markets to invest in for companies planning to expand their global reach. Read More