Editorial

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Caution, financial issues give pause to GR projects

December 9, 2016
When Grand Action steps to the podium regarding community projects — projects that in the past have created long-term economic growth in Grand Rapids — business pays attention. Read More

Plaza development represents the best of Grand Rapids and its spirit

December 2, 2016
The Plaza Roosevelt Development, in all its several parts, represents what is — and what could be more often — the best of Grand Rapids. Read More

It’s time for West Michigan to fix itself

November 25, 2016
This cannot be overstated. Read More

Charitable is good but change maker is priceless

November 18, 2016
’Tis the season employers and employees are deliberate in making a statement in regard to participating in the community with shared gifts and talents to favored human services agencies most in need. Read More

Hotel occupancy increases begs discussion of Calder Plaza possibilties

November 11, 2016
Business Journal reporting on the very good news of consecutive years of hotel occupancy increases — with the additional 800 rooms added by new hotel construction during the past 18 months — begs new discussion and new possibilities directly impacting current thinking and planning, especially related to Calder Plaza, its environs and its refurbishment. Read More

Senate energy ‘choice’ legislation is designed to deceive

November 4, 2016
The Michigan Senate announced in late October its determination to pass new energy choice legislation in lame-duck session (which begins Nov. 9). Read More

Top ‘cool city’ attribute is rooted in Kent, Ottawa financial investments

October 28, 2016
Business Journal reporting on Kent County’s Triple-A bond ratings — for 18 consecutive years — may seem like old news, but additional affirmation of its impact in state and national financial studies emphasizes its importance in the growth of Grand Rapids, as much or more than new development and “cool city” lifestyle attributes put together. Read More

Creative Class millennials will pay dearly for folly of manufactured political ‘issues’

October 21, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal reporting on the manufacturing sector over 30 years provides a deep well of information and reporting on the transformation that has been occurring in the West Michigan economy since the 1980s. Read More

Hats off to local business owners

October 14, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal reports following new economic investments in suburban cities and townships has been extensive in 2016, and when taken all together, it provides a strong indication of continued growth and economic diversity for the entire region, stretching in every direction. Read More

‘Leadership’ deserves high praise

October 7, 2016
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School has created a new course in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, one deserving of commentary as even discussion of the word “leadership” is ever more woefully mired in its antithesis. Read More