Editorial

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This partnership transcends blockade of political boundaries and egos

July 31, 2015
In the not-too-distant past during the Great Recession, counties and cities were battling for any drop of economic development within each jurisdiction while property tax revenues and income tax revenue bled red, soaking municipal budgets. Read More

County’s consideration of change in airport management deserves support

July 24, 2015
Kent County, and especially Gerald R. Ford International Airport, are fast approaching a monumental change that could provide a boost to all regional businesses. Read More

Economic incentive programs should include talent acquisition

July 17, 2015
Michigan and regional economic development teams have seized upon the late June news of Grand Rapids’ (metro area) No. 3 rank in the nation for economic growth by Area Development magazine, an authoritative compilation of measures of job growth and economic development for U.S. regions. Read More

‘Diversity’ is defined as a principle and is not an optional city planning tool

July 10, 2015
Grand Rapids is moving forward on a six-point plan that will impact every aspect of doing business for the foreseeable future. Read More

City parking ‘study’ was no study and assumed a conclusion

July 3, 2015
Grand Rapids city commissioners are considering a wide-ranging distortion and redistribution of parking areas and rates along with behavior modification methods in a comparatively short range of time, and are further advised by an outside consultant that part of the solution is city-run alternative modes of transportation and an entire new division of parking services. Read More

Power of partnerships moves economic needle to unforeseen heights

June 26, 2015
Grand Rapids Business Journal opined in 2000 that Jay Van Andel’s gift of the $60 million Van Andel Institute could be considered a far-reaching legacy not just for Grand Rapids but for the state and the world. Read More

Michigan’s General Fund: another example of government unable to manage itself

June 19, 2015
In the June 15 issue of GRBJ, a quote from a news release attributed to Business Leaders for Michigan and its President and CEO Doug Rothwell was noteworthy. Read More

Muskegon aligns for economic sustainability

June 12, 2015
Muskegon has endured a decade of fits and starts, especially the havoc wreaked during the Great Recession when promising projects abruptly were halted, and manufacturing losses left the city and county hard hit. Read More

Michigan Attorney General should investigate any breach of public trust as AFH closes

June 5, 2015
Grand Rapids Business Journal has for more than two decades reported on the Alliance for Health, a nonprofit created and served by area business leaders to bring health care groups together to cooperate in health services for the community and provide oversight to prevent health care costs from escalating, especially in regard to duplicated services. Read More

Politicians should pull up a stool and work together on beer tax

May 29, 2015
Brewers often seem able to settle their differences by sitting down together over a few beers. Politicians should take note. Read More