Justin Dawes

Justin Dawes

Justin Dawes is a Grand Rapids Business Journal staff reporter who covers economic development, health care, higher education, nonprofits, travel and tourism, the lakeshore and county government. Email Justin at jdawes at grbj dot com. Follow him on Twitter @dawes_justin


Asian chamber looks to expand

Leaders notice lack of Asian American representation on economic development teams in West Michigan.

January 17, 2020
There’s an effort underway to strengthen support for Asian-owned businesses in West Michigan. Read More

Local leaders call free college a ‘game-changer’

Students from 22 Grand Rapids public, charter and private high schools can get two years of free tuition at GRCC.

January 17, 2020
Grand Rapids leaders expect the recently approved Promise Zone plan to greatly affect future opportunities for local students, especially those who come from low-income backgrounds. Read More

Amplify GR proposes Boston Square transformation

Plan includes housing for all income levels, commercial space, an early learning center, a community building and more.

January 17, 2020
The nonprofit Amplify GR is leading plans to transform a 9-acre site within the Boston Square neighborhood in southeast Grand Rapids. Read More

Ford Airport adds board member

January 16, 2020
A new member joined the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority board. Read More

Senior care provider receives dementia accreditation

Holland Home is first in Michigan to receive accreditation from Positive Approach to Care.

January 16, 2020
A senior care provider is the first in the state to receive accreditation from a dementia-focused organization. Read More

Michigan tribes purchase historic downtown building

The 18-story building is a mixed-use development featuring commercial, retail, office space and more.

January 16, 2020
Two Michigan tribes are purchasing a historic building downtown for $17.5 million. Read More

Health system hires doctor to expand endocrinology program

January 15, 2020
A health system in the region has hired a new doctor to expand its treatment of diabetes, thyroid diseases and other glandular conditions. Read More

Ford Airport adds three nonstop flights

January 14, 2020
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is adding nonstop flights to three new destinations. Read More

Grand Rapids high school students to receive free college tuition

January 13, 2020
Students from 22 Grand Rapids public, charter and private high schools will be able to attend college for free. Read More

B.C. Cobb Plant demolition completed

January 13, 2020
The final piece of Muskegon’s former B.C. Cobb Plant has been demolished. Read More