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Taxing of satellite health centers needs clarity

March 27, 2017
How much land can a nonprofit hospital remove from the tax rolls? That’s a key question as a tax tribunal judge recently ruled against Grand Rapids Township and for Spectrum Health. Read More

Rocky road ahead for Meals on Wheels?

Proposed White House budget cuts could reduce funding by as much as $160,000, according to program’s director of operations.

March 24, 2017
Meals on Wheels Western Michigan is considering the possibility it will have to eliminate up to 37,000 meals for seniors if cuts in the White House budget released two weeks ago are realized. Read More

Consultants urge city to improve equity for better competition

There is ‘limited alignment’ between thinking about equity and implementing it in practices, policies and incentives.

March 24, 2017
Following a weeklong visit from representatives from the Rose Center for Public Leadership, city officials were debriefed on how Grand Rapids can improve its equity. Read More

DOL initiates hold on fiduciary responsibility

Ruling will not be enforced April 10, but smaller firms work to get in line with standards.

March 24, 2017
As the deadline for financial advisors to begin operating under the fiduciary responsibility rapidly approaches, the Department of Labor indicated it will not enforce the law until a full review of the regulation is complete. Read More

Census Bureau estimates West Michigan's population is rising

March 24, 2017
| By AP
Newly released U.S. Census Bureau estimates show communities in parts of West Michigan with relatively strong population growth compared with other parts of the state. Read More

Court earns national 'mentor' status from DOJ

March 22, 2017
The U.S. Department of Justice has recognized a court in the region for its work helping non-violent felony offenders with substance use disorders. Read More

Survey finds CEOs exude confidence

More than 60 percent believe state’s economy will improve over next six months.

March 17, 2017
Optimism among Michigan’s executives continues to be high in the wake of the 2016 election. Read More

GRPS refunds bonds with lower rate

District said it hopes $5M in savings persuades taxpayers to vote for May 2 millage funding high school renovations.

March 17, 2017
Grand Rapids Public Schools has refunded bonds originally sold in 1997 for capital improvements, securing a lower interest rate and saving taxpayers $5,007,680. Read More

The Economic Club hosting former UK Prime Minister David Cameron

March 8, 2017
Former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron will be coming to Grand Rapids this summer to give the keynote address at The Economic Club of Grand Rapids’ annual dinner. Read More

GRBJ Podcast: George Heartwell

March 7, 2017
George Heartwell — the former mayor of Grand Rapids — is the featured guest in episode 24 of the GRBJ Podcast. Read More