Economic Development

The Right Place, Lakeshore Advantage, Southwest First and others


Ford airport reports best-ever February

March 22, 2019
Despite record cold temperatures and winter storms, February was another record-breaking month for Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Read More

City creates economic development department

March 20, 2019
A city in the region has created and staffed an economic development department. Read More

West Michigan produces 12 of the state's 50 Companies to Watch

March 18, 2019
A dozen companies from the region rate among this year’s 50 Companies to Watch in Michigan. Read More

Nonprofit hosting Outstanding Growth Awards

March 18, 2019
An event downtown tomorrow will honor an area business for its outstanding growth. Read More

Nonprofit staffing program makes $20.3M impact

Guiding Light’s The Job Post hired 813 people in 2018.

March 15, 2019
A nonprofit staffing program placed 813 people in full-time employment in 2018, creating a potential annual impact of nearly $20.3 million. Read More

Survey: Commuter project in high demand

West Michigan Express would connect Holland to Grand Rapids along Chicago Drive Corridor.

March 15, 2019
Based on the results of an employee interest survey, the West Michigan Express, a pilot commuter service project connecting Holland to Grand Rapids along the Chicago Drive Corridor, is closer to reality. Read More

Partners envision park plan

The Right Place helping Kent DPW with development of sustainability venture.

March 15, 2019
The Right Place and the Kent County Department of Public Works are partnering on planning and development of the future sustainable business park. Read More

Small business lobby opposes state tax plan

SBAM, others call Gov. Whitmer’s proposed expansion of the corporate income tax a ‘step backward.’

March 15, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented her 2020 fiscal year state budget proposal on March 5, small business groups immediately objected to her plan to offset a pension tax repeal by increasing taxes on small businesses, or “pass-through” entities. Read More

Firm bids $5M for riverfront property

March 12, 2019
A public agency has hooked a single bid for a piece of riverfront property in Grand Rapids. Read More

Lakeshore hub honoring Innovator of the Year finalists

March 12, 2019
The Lakeshore Innovator of the Year will be named this week. Read More