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Let the voters decide on early childhood millage

June 22, 2018
The Kent County Board of Commissioners pro/con discussion of placing an early childhood development services millage on the November ballot is worthy of note, but the Business Journal advocates for the opportunity to allow county residents to do the same and decide the worthiness of a fundamental building block for children — and future workforce. Read More

General Motors once again offers dynamic economic impact for West Michigan

June 15, 2018
A comparatively quiet media tour of General Motors’ Wyoming components plant last week belied its unceremonious, abrupt closing nine years ago, immediately depleting Wyoming city coffers of more than $1 million in tax revenue, the loss of more than 1,500 skilled jobs and a 66-year GM relationship to West Michigan’s economy. Read More

Suburban economic growth creating additional regional business impacts

June 8, 2018
Business Journal reporting this week reflects several large investments in the suburban Grand Rapids markets, including major housing projects, while new project development declines in the downtown. Read More

RPC’s minority inclusion goal a welcomed sight

June 1, 2018
The Business Journal is reporting on the creation of a venture capital group seeking certification as a U.S. Department of Treasury Community Development Financial Institution. Read More

Parking solutions should take precedent

May 25, 2018
The month of May has brought a series of approvals for the Downtown Development Authority’s $10-million budget attending the GR Forward initiatives, including $2.63 million for a “mobility strategy” related to “bike-friendly” parking solutions, street and boulevard “improvements,” extended DASH service and “education outreach” for “options in and out of downtown.” Read More

Significance of early education cannot be overstated

May 18, 2018
Regional business leaders have long recognized the importance of their support and voice in early education. Read More

West Michigan’s economic toolbox is missing key IT skills in education, workforce

May 11, 2018
The Wall Street Journal on May 2 reported Amazon.com Inc. HQ2 research leaders called 20 of the 238 applicants for its second headquarters to explain why those metro areas were dropped from selection. Read More

World Trade Week highlights drivers of international businesses boosting local jobs, economy

May 4, 2018
West Michigan World Trade Week has for decades provided a dynamic gathering of local businesses that share the demands of the international markets. Read More

State’s VC funding looks bleak, but there’s hope

April 27, 2018
Business Journal reporting on dozens of entrepreneurial startups in the West Michigan region and the uptick in startups by the millennial generation has been sustained. Read More

ArtPrize’s worth goes far beyond the art

April 20, 2018
The Business Journal has opined a few times in the last nine years that the thrill of ArtPrize would be short(er) lived without community support of the cash kind. Read More