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Michigan chambers list legislative priorities

Grand Rapids among eight to recognize need for skilled workers as top issue.

May 17, 2019
The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and seven other chambers and organizations around the state have released a joint list of legislative priorities. Read More

Tourism exec named to national class of '15 Over 50'

May 17, 2019
A local tourism professional is one of the industry’s “15 Over 50” in the U.S. Read More

West Michigan employers rank among 'Best Places to Work'

May 16, 2019
A business publication has included three organizations in the region in a ranking of the nation’s best workplaces. Read More

Feds giving Ford airport $14M

May 16, 2019
Gerald R. Ford International Airport is getting $14 million in federal funding for an expansion project. Read More

DDA backs mural downtown

May 15, 2019
A Polish artist is leaving her mark on downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

$15.5M grant increasing school district's 'access to higher education'

May 14, 2019
A foundation has given a university a $15.5-million grant to expand higher education options for a public school district’s students and teachers. Read More

Calder Plaza is adding a parklet

May 13, 2019
More parklets are popping up around downtown, and a new concept is coming to Calder Plaza. Read More

LEAD program empowers young people of color

Course looks to prepare 15- to 24-year-olds for employment with workshops for résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing.

May 10, 2019
The city of Grand Rapids is fortifying young people for the workforce. Read More

Study: Pharmacists were underpaid for drugs

Pharmacy benefit managers potentially pocketed $64M over two years, leaving Medicaid system to foot bill.

May 10, 2019
A new study shows middleman Medicaid management companies potentially overcharged Michigan taxpayers by at least $64 million over two years. Read More

River work, downtown core top DDA budget

Panel is in fourth year of following GR Forward plan for improvements.

May 10, 2019
The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority is moving forward on significant capital improvement projects, including the reconstruction of Calder Plaza, according to its proposed budget for fiscal year 2020. Read More