City hall, county government and the state legislature


Special lane designations would increase mass transit efficiency

Bill seeks approval to construct BRT lanes on Michigan highways.

LANSING — A new bill to allow local transit agencies to construct Bus Rapid Transit lanes on state highways would make mass transit more efficient, advocates say. Read More

Medical marijuana law may receive upgrades

Attorney says bills may ‘shore up’ some issues occurring at the federal level.

November 27, 2015
A series of three bills that passed through the Michigan House and are now expected to be taken up by the Senate would enhance the state’s medical marijuana law, possibly paving the way for lucrative business ventures. Read More

The FDA’s stick gets bigger

One of the significant changes requires foreign farms to be compliant with U.S. safety standards.

November 27, 2015
The United States Food and Drug Administration is getting a bigger stick to wave to help prevent food-borne illnesses. Read More

Company vehicles and tax deductions

November 27, 2015
As 2015 comes to a close, many business owners are seeing a large degree of growth and profitability over the past year. Unfortunately, without some careful planning before the end of the year, that strong bottom line could result in a larger-than-expected tax bill. Read More

Politician opposes incentives for data center campus

November 25, 2015
Opposition against the planned Switch SuperNAP data center campus at the Steelcase pyramid has surfaced. Read More

Consultant calls street planning disjointed

City needs to establish an integrated multimodal network with performance metrics.

November 20, 2015
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based international firm specializing in developing transportation systems, presented its early findings from a recently completed Gap Analysis of Grand Rapids Vital Streets to the Grand Rapids City Commission during its Committee of the Whole meeting. Read More

Talent report sees positives — and one negative

November 20, 2015
Five years after the Great Recession, West Michigan finally is back to its pre-recession levels in payroll jobs and unemployment rates. But there’s still a long way to go in terms of talent development and retainment. Read More

Q&A: Sue Schweim Tellier

November 17, 2015
A specialist in business to government, or B2G, marketing, Sue Schweim Tellier works with small businesses to effectively identify and communicate their differentiators through targeted bid responses. Read More

Work to restore the Grand River surges ahead

City commissioners approve complicated permit submissions.

November 13, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Grand Rapids city officials approved an important next step in the process of restoring and revitalizing the Grand River during the Committee of the Whole meeting last week by authorizing the city engineer to sign and submit all permit applications for future improvement projects related to restoration, flood control and mitigation. Read More

Labor agreements enter county’s approval process

November 13, 2015
Three expiring labor agreements have entered the approval process with Kent County. Read More