Commentary on the news that's shaping West Michigan.
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
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
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
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
Regional business leaders have long recognized the importance of their support and voice in early education. Read More
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
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