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Outlook: Economic growth may be masking concerns

University professor points to low labor force participation as a problem.

October 31, 2014
Is there cause for concern amid the national economy’s continued growth? Read More

Auto supplier invests $7.3M in expansion, 198 jobs

October 31, 2014
A supplier of components and systems for auto interiors is planning an expansion at multiple sties in the region that will create 198 jobs. Read More

State approves $50M for skilled tradespeople

October 28, 2014
| By AP
LANSING — Michigan is planning to spend $50 million to help community colleges across the state meet demand for workers in the skilled trades. Read More

$6.1M Amtrak station arrives downtown

October 27, 2014
Commuters departed Grand Rapids from the city’s new $6.1-million Amtrak station for the first time on Monday. 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

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

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New uses sought for outdated newspaper buildings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