Economic Development

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Senior tax breaks do more harm than good, national report says

Organization claims rules cost state 14% in income tax revenue in 2017.

February 21, 2020
Seniors in Michigan pay less than half the taxes that residents under 65 — and who have similar incomes — pay, according to a recent national report. Read More

Kentwood sustains construction boom

City records second consecutive year of more than $100M in private projects.

February 21, 2020
Kentwood officials believe the city is on the rise, based on year-end construction data. Read More

Whitmer administration says ‘Sixty by 30’ hangs in the balance

LEO director presses for funding Michigan Reconnect, Going PRO Talent Fund.

February 21, 2020
A leader within Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration says he is “hopeful” a pair of adult education and workforce development programs will be funded this quarter by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Read More

Report shows continued 'expansionary' trend

Citizens Business Conditions Index rises in Q4 on trade optimism, consumer spending.

February 21, 2020
Easing trade tensions with China, increased consumer spending and a more stable interest rate environment helped improve U.S. business sentiment in the fourth quarter, according to the latest Citizens Business Conditions Index. Read More

Coronavirus affecting auto production

There could be as much as 32% production loss if Chinese plants were to reopen in mid-March.

February 14, 2020
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The auto industry is in the crosshairs of the latest global health crisis that has claimed the lives of over a thousand people while leaving more than 43,000 people infected, per the World Health Organization. Read More

Survey: State’s growth will trail nation’s

Just 6% of employers expect a strengthened Michigan economy, according to Business Leaders for Michigan report.

February 14, 2020
Michigan’s largest employers anticipate the state’s economic growth will continue to lag compared to the nation’s. Read More

Acrisure donates $15M to downtown hospital

February 13, 2020
An insurance broker pledged $15 million to advance children’s health care programs. Read More

Local Olympic-style winter games return

February 13, 2020
The Meijer State Games of Michigan — Winter Games will be in full swing this weekend. Read More

Harvest of Battle Creek partners with national company

Harvest Health & Recreation has dispensaries in six other states, but this is the first in Michigan.

February 7, 2020
A national cannabis company entered the Michigan market. Read More

Laker Line to launch in August

The new bus rapid transit will replace old GVSU Campus Connector route.

February 7, 2020
The Rapid recently announced the official launch date of the Laker Line. Read More