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Sports tourism is a nearly recession-proof industry.
Youth and amateur sports can fly under the radar, but the West Michigan Sports Commission has grabbed it by the horns and made it a major part of the West Michigan economy. Read More
A few issues, particularly the size of the authority board, need to be resolved.
A committee of the Kent County Board of Commissioners has postponed for two weeks its approval of a 64-page draft document that will spell out key details of the proposed airport authority that would take over operation of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Read More
Medical Mile’s growing pains are at center of proposal.
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) The Michigan Street Corridor has seen $1 billion worth of development in the past decade, and if projections are correct, the area — also known as the Medical Mile — will see millions of dollars more in development over the course of the next decade. Read More
Organization identifies six goals, including creation of a true ‘downtown neighborhood.’
Following extensive public outreach efforts to gather feedback from all sectors of the Grand Rapids community, GR Forward presented an initial draft vision and set of six goals recently during a standing-room-only public forum. Read More
With economic indicator levels outpacing the national economy, the Grand Rapids metro is also growing at a faster rate than Shanghai and other major markets across the globe. Read More