Editorial

Commentary on the news that's shaping West Michigan.

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Further analysis needed for large hotel development

February 16, 2018
The Business Journal is reporting on consecutive years of hotel occupancy rate increases; the reasons for that growth were underscored in the recent GRBJ Newsmakers of the Year awards. Read More

Education funding targeting vulnerable students rather than whole districts deserves discussion

February 9, 2018
Gov. Rick Snyder released details of his budget spending plan for the next fiscal year, targeting June approval by the Michigan legislature. Read More

Escalation of Kent County health care costs must be contained by business leaders

February 2, 2018
The 2018 Health Check, analyzing health trends and costs in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan counties, was announced by Grand Valley State University researchers. Read More

Impact of community partnerships is undeniable

January 26, 2018
Constant attention to new or renewal developments — the latest condo or retail project in the central city — often overshadows some of the projects that become map makers for the metro area. Read More

Economic concerns must be prioritized

January 19, 2018
The Business Journal finds reason for continued caution in the reporting of greater Grand Rapids economic forecasts for 2018 and year-end statements summarizing 2017. Read More

Growth projected for 2018 but is precarious long term as talent search intensifies

January 12, 2018
Michigan Treasurer Nick Khouri recently made brief remarks to the Michigan Bankers Association in a joint Economic Forecast Forum with the Michigan Chamber Foundation, providing his certainty that state revenues would increase by 3 percent in 2018. Read More

Private, public sectors have hand-and-glove keys to talent crisis

January 5, 2018
Long-predicted talent shortages remain the biggest obstacle to business success this year. Read More

Business caution signs for the new year

December 29, 2017
Forecasters are bullish regarding the national economy and the only word to add regarding West Michigan’s economy is “cautiously” bullish. Read More

What difference does a year make? Ask the GRBJ Newsmakers

December 22, 2017
Grand Rapids Business Journal has published well more than 2,500 stories in 2017, each focused on reporting in more than 30 business sectors, all of them local and regional. Read More

Bad doesn’t even begin to describe parking plan

December 15, 2017
Grand Rapids city commissioners again gave limited discussion to this business community’s No. 1 issue with the city: downtown parking. Read More