Items Tagged with 'Paul Isely'


Census numbers boost region

Growing population also is attracting more businesses to West Michigan.

April 27, 2018
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Kent County’s population grew by nearly 6,500 people in one year, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau numbers. Read More

Agricultural companies monitor brewing trade war

China was Michigan’s second largest export market in 2017.

March 30, 2018
A trade war is brewing, and Michigan might be caught in the crossfire. Read More

The good and bad of real estate climate

GVSU associate dean expects strong year in 2018 followed by weak recession in 2019.

March 23, 2018
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The real estate sector in 2018 is expected to be a strong year, but the current projection indicates this good year will be followed by a weak recession in 2019. Read More

Michigan raises minimum wage to $9.25

Local economist believes hike will have minimal impact on economy.

January 5, 2018
Michigan employees being paid minimum wage will see an increase in their paychecks in 2018. Read More

Diversified economy grows GR

Expect businesses catering to the middle class to prosper.

January 29, 2016
Grand Rapids is in for a good — but not great — 2016. Read More

Expect increased expenditures

West Michigan is losing its edge in low-cost health care.

January 16, 2015
West Michigan employers will continue to face challenges when it comes to health care. Read More

Forecast for West Michigan economy in '15: 'steady growth'

January 16, 2015
What’s the state of West Michigan’s economy and real estate industry?  Read More

Business forecast: Sunny in 2014

January 31, 2014
Winter might be torturing West Michigan with record-cold temperatures, but economic forecasters are seeing sunnier days ahead. Read More

West Michigan employers 'undecided' on offering health plans

January 10, 2014
Hospitals in four West Michigan counties are experiencing increasing outpatient traffic from beyond the region — and many companies here aren’t even sure if they will offer their employees a health insurance plan next year. Read More

Priorities for attracting and retaining young professionals

July 26, 2013
In a recent Business Journal story, Paul Isely, chair of economics at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business, commented, “I think we’ve made some gains in the past few years, but we’re losing young workers, not bringing in outside talent, and we’re not increasing our rate of patenting. All that tells us that what we’re missing right now is the mix of talent.” Read More