Editorial

Commentary on the news that's shaping West Michigan.

ARTICLES

Circuit West project will put Grand Rapids’ sustainability strategy on the national map

July 21, 2017
It’s a marketing strategy unseen outside Boston and Austin and one also likely to give Grand Rapids some buzz, especially in new economy circles. Read More

Small business resources against cyberhacks readily available in GR

July 14, 2017
The Business Journal has reported several stories the past two weeks focused on IT issues, but there is perhaps no issue more important to small businesses and startups than cybersecurity. Read More

Affordable housing deserves ‘intentional investment’

July 7, 2017
Inner City Christian Federation is expected to close soon on single-family homes and other residential properties in the Grand Rapids area, specifically to develop affordable housing, an urgent need as the city’s residential market continues to climb in value with new construction and escalating existing home prices. Read More

‘Health’ care cost increase rooted in expenditures for property instead of actual ‘care’

June 30, 2017
Business Journal reporting on the high-volume increase of real estate transactions for “health care” is exactly another driver of the cost fracturing the fundamental practice of providing care at affordable prices. Read More

Area entrepreneurs need an assist to link to resources for continued growth

June 23, 2017
The Grand Rapids metro area’s entrepreneurial activity, like an unseen electric current, is providing an economic stimulus and force for the future. Read More

Racial equity issues most rooted in education

June 16, 2017
Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss is providing sustained city leadership in the quest for racial equity in the community, last year winning Grand Rapids a selection as one of five cities in the country to become part of the Racial Equity Here effort. Read More

Reality check: Budget cuts could spell doom for environmental cleanup projects around Michigan

June 9, 2017
A Republican-led conference committee pushing to set the Michigan budget for the next fiscal year late last week approved a big gash in environmental cleanup spending, a $15-million cut. Read More

City tightens parking noose, ignores business retention

June 2, 2017
The ever-widening gap between the city of Grand Rapids and its constituent business community is increasing by the day, as is loss of businesses (and city income tax and property revenues and service fees and licenses). Read More

‘Missing pieces’ in West Michigan’s economic stability

May 26, 2017
The Business Journal is reporting on the findings of a “Missing Pieces” study by Deloitte in conjunction with the Alliance for Board Diversity, measuring the gains made by women on corporate boards in Michigan. Read More

Another ‘crazy’ idea from Secchia; another win for the power of partnerships

May 19, 2017
To say that Kent County’s Millennium Park is connected to Lake Michigan might be considered a stretch of imagination or fantasy, or require proofs of the Grand River’s meandering path to the mouth of the Big Lake. Read More