Editorial

Commentary on the news that's shaping West Michigan.

ARTICLES

Kent County census increase signals a strong economy

March 24, 2017
After a period of comparative decline, business exports once again are climbing, and West Michigan industries are contributing to Michigan’s increasing numbers. Read More

LINC Up initiative provides multifaceted impact

March 17, 2017
The essential successes of neighborhood improvements in Grand Rapids has become so well understood most every accolade almost sounds ubiquitous. Read More

Women-owned businesses vital to GR’s economy

March 10, 2017
Women entrepreneurs significantly bolster the greater Grand Rapids area economy, but they remain a largely unseen and unrecognized force. Read More

Bike share not an answer to parking problem

March 3, 2017
Grand Rapids city commissioners narrowly approved an expenditure of $100,000 to study a bike-share program, for which the city would pay up to $2 million to initiate, providing approximately 20-35 bike stations for sharing. Read More

Educated workforce trumps low tax rates

February 24, 2017
The Michigan House of Representatives late last week did not approve an income tax cut that would have lowered the 4.25 percent tax to 4.05 percent by 2019 and then to 3.9 percent by 2021. Read More

Educational achievement key in talent shortage problem

February 17, 2017
Grand Rapids employers universally are impacted by the talent shortage and identify the issue as the top concern in moving their businesses forward or expanding. Read More

City can’t fix the parking problem it created

February 10, 2017
Grand Rapids Business Journal has been reporting on and opining about the eventuality of an employer parking crisis downtown since 2012. Read More

Participants in a world of passengers: sometimes the two are confused

February 3, 2017
It would seem an appropriate time to opine on the effectiveness of all armchair quarterbacks. Read More

Lack of skilled workers will hamstring economy

January 27, 2017
Construction season in Grand Rapids must move “just in time” in less than 30 days, but there are not enough skilled construction workers in the field with iPads and instruction. Read More

Bed check: Sharpen the instruments of health care cost containment

January 20, 2017
In the not-so-distant past, consumers blissfully were unaware of the continuing escalation of the price of health care, but the Grand Rapids business community was moved to action by more than a decade of escalating costs for insured employees. Read More