Economic Development

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Plastics maker invests $14M in expansion

July 2, 2015
A maker of plastic parts for multiple industries is planning to expand its plant in the area and create 54 jobs. Read More

Kent County requests bids for downtown building

July 1, 2015
Kent County has put a downtown building up for sale after identifying it is not being used to its fullest potential. Read More

$50K competition calls for business plans

July 1, 2015
A county in the region is building on recent entrepreneurial momentum with a business plan pitch competition. Read More

Research center seen as catalyst

Economic impact will create ripple effect lasting for years.

June 26, 2015
As the second research center in the downtown Grand Rapids area, the impact of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s new facility could create a ripple effect of economic activity. Read More

Export economic development tool is down to the wire

The deadline for reauthorization of the federal Export-Import Bank is Tuesday.

June 26, 2015
Tomorrow’s expiration of the federal Export-Import Bank’s charter — if Congress does actually let it happen — will have “an impact right here in the Grand Rapids area,” according to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan. Read More

Food maker invests $10.7M in expansion

June 24, 2015
A maker of baked goods and snacks is planning a $10.7-million expansion in the area that's expected to create at least 91 jobs. Read More

Automation supplier invests $2M in expansion

June 24, 2015
A supplier of automation equipment and software to multiple industries is building a new plant in the area as it expands. Read More

5x5 Night re-emerges

June 22, 2015
The 5x5 Night monthly pitch competition for entrepreneurs is back. Read More

Bringing back coast-to-coast passenger rail

June 19, 2015
It’s been more than 40 years since someone was able to hop a passenger train from one side of Michigan to the other, but the wheels are in motion to once again fill train platforms with those traveling from one coast to the other via intercity train transit. Read More

Parking ideas supported by new mobility focus

Topping the list is formation of a new Mobile GR agency.

June 19, 2015
In order for Parking Services to meet the needs of downtown Grand Rapids parkers, the organization needs to undergo a name change and broaden its focus beyond cars. Read More