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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

Make education priority in state’s turnaround

May 22, 2015
The Business Journal is reporting on a study just released by Education Trust-Midwest, a non-partisan education policy organization, showing that, by almost any statistical average, Michigan students are performing among the bottom 10 states in the country. Read More

Senators back to ‘fixing’ non-existent problems instead of fixing roads

May 15, 2015
Michigan legislators were roundly chastised in April before the statewide ballot proposal to fund road repairs, construction and transportation was soundly defeated by voters. Read More

Employees who are ‘true consumers of health care’ bring down costs

May 8, 2015
As health care costs to employers and consumers continue to rise, the echo chambers of despair offer no solution. Read More

2030 District partnership demonstrates long-term economic growth impact

May 1, 2015
Grand Rapids has long been recognized for the number of public and private development partnerships contributing to the lifestyle and therefore the growth of the community, but the recent commitment of Mayor George Heartwell and city staff in a partnership with building owners and developers may be one of the most important to date. Read More