Commentary on the news that's shaping West Michigan.


Legislators flunk; ArtPrize advances education

September 23, 2016
After all the popular votes were counted and ArtPrize Two closed in game-changing style, the education community wanted opportunities to invest, partake and learn from all that was available in the wondrous mix. Read More

Gilmore’s entrepreneur effort was one of downtown’s biggest risks, most successful efforts

September 16, 2016
Greg (and John) Gilmore’s announcement of Live Nation’s House of Blues agreement to partner in the $16 million 20 Monroe Live entertainment venue is significant development news, but one also must pause to pay tribute to one of Grand Rapids’ most tenacious businessmen. Read More

More participation needed in career development programs

September 9, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal is reporting on another initiative that links high school students with an array of career choices and the tools they need to achieve selected jobs at graduation. Read More

Dear millennials, GR is another mythological siren call

September 2, 2016
Grand Rapids has a big problem to solve, one that cannot be resolved only by the public or private sector but — once again — by cooperative actions from both, and it is far overdue. Read More

Forum strength rests on strong voices

August 26, 2016
The bi-annual West Michigan Policy Forum reservation line is open, even as the agenda still is taking shape for the Sept. 26 event, which currently gives emphasis to the GOP national agenda and presidential candidates. Read More

City’s ‘sustainable jobs’ goal is a recipe for failure

August 19, 2016
The Business Journal has in the past commended city of Grand Rapids endeavors toward environmental sustainability, from the biodiesel fuel project in 2002 to the Butterworth Solar Project anticipated to be running by the end of this year. Read More

Focus on Division/Heartside is task for all of us

August 12, 2016
The Grand Rapids Business Journal has reported in depth for the past month in a series of stories on the Division Avenue/Heartside business and arts corridor development alongside the long-established “home” to the city’s transient and homeless population, a group of individuals often impaired by drug, alcohol and mental health issues. Read More

Setting course to Windward takes all hands on deck

August 5, 2016
Another big step in Muskegon development has been announced, this time with some promise of community unity and muscle — and that could start the economic domino effect that has long escaped this potential jewel of the West Michigan lakeshore. Read More

In Aug. 2 election, all politics is local

July 29, 2016
The national political convention love fests (though that’s a strong adjective for the GOP) now give way to slugfests and what promises to be exhausting pre-election months. Read More

No more stalling: Bring out the food trucks; city approval of ordinance is long past due

July 22, 2016
Grand Rapids city commissioners will at long last take one more formal step toward embracing food trucks as an important part of the downtown and neighborhood business landscape with a public hearing July 26. Read More