Commentary on the news that's shaping West Michigan.


Goals to measure effectiveness key in solving affordable housing issue

November 17, 2017
Two very different meetings were held a day apart last week to give community discussion to the increasingly obvious affordable housing issue in Grand Rapids. Read More

GR’s struggles aside, region continues to show growth potential

November 10, 2017
The Business Journal report on Colliers International West Michigan quarterly occupancy rates shows strength — and growth — across all sectors: retail, office and industrial; and given announced plans, the trend is likely to continue through the fourth quarter and into 2018. Read More

Women inclusion cannot improve without zero-tolerance policy on sexual assault, intimidation

November 6, 2017
Grand Rapids Business Journal has been reporting on the biannual Inforum Women’s Leadership Report since 2013. Read More

Political, economic ‘to-do list’ is offered in Amazon’s hunt for HQ2

October 27, 2017
The proposal by economic developers in Michigan focuses on what exists, but the bid requirements are specific as to what needs to be. Read More

Young business leaders are shaping GR’s new economy in investments and employment

October 20, 2017
Young business leaders representing more than 18 diverse business categories will be celebrated this week for their successes in those varied industries, and most especially for helping shape and expand the economic foundations of the region, from Battle Creek to Rockford; Holland to Lowell; and most every suburb and city in between. Read More

Holland cleans up act with energy park

October 13, 2017
The plant already has the attention of environmental specialists. Read More

Immigrant, refugee population research won’t change GR’s boyhood image

October 6, 2017
West Michigan is a landscape vastly populated by private, family-owned businesses, the majority of which expect to remain family owned. Read More

Talent, housing hinder economic growth

September 29, 2017
Adding to the issues related to talent attraction is a lack of affordable housing. Read More

Lapses in city and private sector leadership critical for Grand Rapids

September 22, 2017
One could say Grand Rapids is facing an uncertain future. Read More

Grand Action throws gauntlet to private sector thriving on its success

September 15, 2017
Grand Action’s biggest distinction is that it represented the private sector, not public governments. Read More