Carole Valade

Carole Valade

Carole Valade is editor of Gemini Publications, which includes Grand Rapids Business Journal, Grand Rapids Magazine and Michigan Blue Magazine. Email Carole at cvalade at grbj dot com. Follow her on Twitter @valadester

ARTICLES

Kent County board should be encouraged to find agreement on committing to sustainable business park instead of landfills

August 10, 2018
In September, the Kent County Board of Commissioners will begin work sessions on the sustainable business park master plan and hopes to attract companies that can convert recovered material into new products — including combined heat and power plants. Read More

HireReach sets bar for employment practices

August 3, 2018
The Business Journal story reporting on changes in hiring practices at Mercy Health is nothing short of riveting for its success in eliminating bias in the selection and training process. President Bill Manns initiated the implementation of a new process five years ago to address diversity and turnover. Read More

City of Grand Rapids’ economic ‘help’ for ‘business’ is confounding

July 27, 2018
The city of Grand Rapids’ Economic Development Corporation “approved two agreements to help boost minority business development” in the “greater Grand Rapids area.” Read More

Income inequality continues to burden Michigan

July 20, 2018
The nonprofit think tank Economic Policy Institute last week released an updated report on income equality levels across the country, in all states, all counties and 916 metropolitan areas. Read More

Muskegon partners muscling economic stability

July 13, 2018
Earlier this year, the Business Journal recognized Muskegon development as the top 2017 economic development news and as Grand Rapids Business Journal Newsmaker of the Year, recognizing more than $1 billion in investments in public spaces, new building, renovation and business expansions. Read More

Solving workforce issues takes more than educated guesses

July 6, 2018
The Business Journal has reported this month on more than four initiatives to resolve the crisis in Michigan education, both local and statewide. Read More

ArtPrize symbolizes and rewards a design-centric business community with economic gains

June 29, 2018
The Business Journal this week reports on the domino economic impact of the decision to make ArtPrize a biannual event, but additional reporting reflects the overall economic opportunity of a labor force steeped in design-centric practices. Read More

Let the voters decide on early childhood millage

June 22, 2018
The Kent County Board of Commissioners pro/con discussion of placing an early childhood development services millage on the November ballot is worthy of note, but the Business Journal advocates for the opportunity to allow county residents to do the same and decide the worthiness of a fundamental building block for children — and future workforce. Read More

General Motors once again offers dynamic economic impact for West Michigan

June 15, 2018
A comparatively quiet media tour of General Motors’ Wyoming components plant recently belied its unceremonious, abrupt closing nine years ago, immediately depleting Wyoming city coffers of more than $1 million in tax revenue, the loss of more than 1,500 skilled jobs and a 66-year GM relationship to West Michigan’s economy. Read More

Suburban economic growth creating additional regional business impacts

June 8, 2018
Business Journal reporting this week reflects several large investments in the suburban Grand Rapids markets, including major housing projects, while new project development declines in the downtown. Read More