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Southtown Plan

Southtown plan goes public

A draft of the Southtown Business Area Specific Plan is out for review and public comment until early November. Read More

EPS Communication

EPS upgrading its signal communication

A security company headquartered in Grand Rapids is preparing for the future in the telecommunications industry. Read More


Distinguished Alumnus follows his own path to success

Dante Villarreal said the phone call informing him he’d been chosen as this year’s 40 Under 40 Distinguished Alum came as quite a surprise. Read More

Wine Bronconess

WMU rolls out student-created wine as fundraiser

In its latest philanthropic venture, Western Michigan University recently began selling a new wine brand designed by students. Read More

Watershed Crockery Lake

Residents look to form watershed council

Chester Township resident Callie Melton started building support for a watershed council after what she called “old-school farming practices” and climate change caused heavy soil erosion that impacted her backyard last year. Read More

Bob Taylor

Inside Track: Bob Taylor helps lost veterans ‘find a new purpose’ in life

As a former member of the U.S. Air Force, Bob Taylor understands what it means to be a military veteran and works to helps others like him. Read More

Report pegs beer's impact at $38.5 million

A new study released by Experience Grand Rapids shows a $38.5 million economic impact from beer tourism last year. Read More

Printing company marks four decades of change

One local business has been evolving for 40 years. Read More

Partnership leads to coffee-flavored CBD gummy

An encounter between Uncommon Coffee Roasters in Saugatuck and Chicago-based Half Day CBD has produced new coffee-flavored, CBD-infused gummies in an emerging market for recreational cannabis in West Michigan. Read More

WMU professor testing opioid treatment app

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Research on the horizon at Western Michigan University will explore how a new smartphone application can help treat opioid addiction. Read More

Switch, school districts at odds over taxes

A tax battle may force some school districts to refund more than $600,000. Read More

Foster care program at risk after budget cuts

An organization formed in a pilot program to oversee foster care in Kent County is at risk of closing after state budget cuts. Read More

City eyes options as land bank winds down

The Grand Rapids City Commission last week gave context on a resolution to authorize a contract between the city and the State Land Bank Authority for its services. Read More

Grand Rapids sets rules for recreational marijuana facilities

Grand Rapids has met the state-imposed deadline for establishing recreational marijuana ordinances. Read More

Talent attracts capital far more than the reverse

The primary lesson Michigan Future has learned can be summed up in three words: talent attracts capital. Read More

Do you have a selling system?

“I have my own style of selling.” Read More

Gina Covert

Change Ups: Aquinas taps Covert for VP advancement role

Gina Covert is Aquinas College’s new vice president for advancement. Covert will provide leadership for the college’s fundraising strategies and capital campaigns, will direct the growth of the college’s endowment, and will oversee planned giving, stewardship, alumni engagement and grant administration. Read More

Public Record

Oct. 11 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: The old switcheroo

What a change four years and a shift in political power can make. Read More