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Designing cities for people, not cars

Expert says that’s how vibrant and healthy communities are created.

September 19, 2014
Guillermo Penalosa has a message for city planners: Design cities for people. Read More

Kent County's annual 'bifurcated budget' goes public on Thursday

Funding through the state would total $44.4 million, with a matching $25 million from the county.

September 19, 2014
Kent County operates on a calendar year but the state follows the federal fiscal year starting Oct. 1 — and a lot of money comes through the state to Kent County each year — so the county board is doing its annual work to stitch together its so-called “bifurcated budget.” Read More

Unclaimed property audits could increase

September 19, 2014
Businesses with unclaimed property have a higher chance of becoming the subject of an audit, mostly due to an increase in the number of auditing firms across the country. Read More

Counties struggle after losing court revenue

Decision bars local courts from collecting costs from criminals.

September 19, 2014
LANSING — A Michigan Supreme Court decision cutting a major source of funding for local courts could cost some counties more than $1 million, unless the Legislature reinstates their ability to assess court costs in criminal cases. Read More

Haveman 'very proud' of Healthy Michigan rollout

September 19, 2014
Jim Haveman, a Grand Rapids native who has twice headed the Michigan Department of Community Health, retired for good this month and noted he is especially proud of the rollout this year of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Healthy Michigan Plan. Read More

Grand Rapids suburb ranks as 'most-educated town' in state

September 17, 2014
Business Insider has been publishing reports from the federal government’s American Community Survey and recently ranked a Grand Rapids suburb the “most-educated town” in Michigan. Read More

Retailer pays $2M for selling recalled products

September 17, 2014
| By AP
A retailer will pay $2 million to settle charges that the company knowingly sold and distributed hundreds of recalled products. Read More

The state of crowdfunding in Michigan

September 17, 2014
The Michigan Invests Locally Exemption, which went into effect on Dec. 30, 2013, amended the state’s uniform securities act to provide an exemption from registration under Michigan securities law for the sale by a company of its securities, most notably sales of securities via equity crowdfunding through third-party Internet portals. Read More

State clarifies tax overhaul to avert payouts

September 15, 2014
| By AP
LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill to clarify that Michigan never intended to give out-of-state companies a lower tax liability in a 2007 business tax overhaul. Read More

City’s solar-generating proposal moving forward

The Office of Energy and Sustainability is planning to issue an RFQ/RFP.

September 12, 2014
A combined RFQ-RFP will hopefully be issued by the city of Grand Rapids by late October to start the process of finding qualified solar energy developers willing to submit bids for a proposed generating facility on the city-owned former Butterworth landfill site. Read More