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Ford airport reports best-ever December

January 21, 2019
Gerald R. Ford International Airport is reporting another record-breaking month. Read More

$140 million hotel would tip scales

Community leaders stress another convention-style hotel downtown would help GR compete for bigger conventions.

January 18, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) An underutilized section of the DeVos Place building may be the future home to a 26-story, 400-room hotel that could cost upward of $140 million. Read More

Pioneer wins bid for Calder Plaza redesign

Tentative plans include southeast edge planting improvements, a great pavilion with a stage, a café building.

January 18, 2019
Grand Rapids has brought in Pioneer Construction to manage the redesign of Calder Plaza’s southeast edge, also known as phase one of the city’s master plan. Read More

Grand Rapids is ‘sweet spot’ for airline base

Leaders say Allegiant’s choice of Gerald R. Ford International Airport reflects on airport’s growth.

January 18, 2019
Allegiant Air revealed it is investing $42.8 million to have two planes based in Grand Rapids, which leaders say is a sign of promising tourism growth. Read More

DeVos Place, Performance Hall combine for record-breaking year

Van Andel Arena, on the other hand, saw declining revenue and attendance in fiscal year 2018.

January 18, 2019
SMG-managed DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall are in record-setting territory. Read More

CAA eyes $40M venue

Amphitheater plan originally was proposed back in 2007, but economic downturn forced officials to table idea.

January 18, 2019
Grand Rapids community leaders are considering building a new amphitheater that could cost $40 million. Read More

Huntington extends digital banking experience

The Hub connects customers’ bank accounts to five tools designed to help them spend responsibly.

January 18, 2019
Long gone are the days of paper bill calendars and check registers for most people. In their place, more banks are debuting cutting-edge digital options. Read More

Economic forecast contains ‘two stories’

Top Comerica analyst says the weather is fine today, but storm clouds are gathering on the horizon.

January 18, 2019
One of the nation’s top economists told a recent gathering of local business executives that economic conditions still are looking positive for 2019, but risk factors are “piling up” for a mild recession. Read More

Start Garden investing in 'businesses of tomorrow'

January 18, 2019
How much is a good idea worth? Read More

Grand Rapids bus stops getting $1.5M makeover

January 18, 2019
Grand Rapids is rolling out all the stops for public transit users. Read More