Economic Development

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Lender receives $500K to help small businesses

Northern Initiatives will use grant to expand portal and technical assistance for customers.

October 18, 2019
Diverse small business loan customers in West Michigan will get a leg up from their lender this year, thanks to a $500,000 grant. Read More

Muskegon Heights seeks to enhance business community

Newly formed Muskegon Heights Business Association initially will focus on promoting job opportunities.

October 18, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A new business association formed in the city of Muskegon Heights. Read More

GVSU sees fifth cohort in Professional MBA program

New curriculum allows students to participate in the classroom, as well as online.

October 18, 2019
This fall semester marked the fifth cohort enrolled in Grand Valley State University’s new Professional Master of Business Administration program. Read More

BLM sees diminished outlook

Survey shows nearly half of Michigan businesses expect a worsening state economy in next six to 12 months.

October 18, 2019
Business leaders’ concerns are growing regarding the future economic growth over the short and long term. Read More

Ford airport reports best-ever September

October 15, 2019
Last month was the busiest September ever for Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Read More

Report pegs beer's impact at $38.5 million

Anderson Economic Group study shows an increase of more than $26 million from four years ago.

October 14, 2019
A new study released by Experience Grand Rapids shows a $38.5 million economic impact from beer tourism last year. Read More

Southtown plan goes public

The proposal has four main goals to improve commercial core and public spaces.

October 11, 2019
A draft of the Southtown Business Area Specific Plan is out for review and public comment until early November. Read More

Distinguished Alumnus follows his own path to success

Dante Villarreal was the first in his family to finish high school and attend college.

October 11, 2019
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

Grand Rapids sets rules for recreational marijuana facilities

Six-month window allows city time to finalize application and establish fees for licenses.

October 11, 2019
Grand Rapids has met the state-imposed deadline for establishing recreational marijuana ordinances. Read More

Foster care program at risk after budget cuts

Gov. Whitmer cut $2M from West Michigan Partnership for Children, the organization’s administrative budget.

October 11, 2019
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