Economic Development

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State approves $15M to help farmers

July 15, 2019
| By AP
LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to allocate $15 million to a low-interest loan program to help farmers who face financial losses, because wet weather is making it hard to plant crops. Read More

Manufacturer dials into workforce training

Autocam Medical graduates another class of CNC machinists in partnership with GRCC, WMU.

July 12, 2019
If you want something done right, do it yourself — such is the philosophy on display at Autocam Medical when it comes to creating a skilled workforce. Read More

Inside Track: Leader prevails despite the odds

Kitchens rises from poverty and dyslexia to carve out a career creating jobs.

July 12, 2019
When Ron Kitchens was elected alderman in his hometown at age 21, he had never heard the term “economic development.” But he had already decided the greatest force for change in this world is a job. Read More

Chamber focuses on minority contractors

With almost $1B in construction on the books in GR, organization wants to ensure everyone is represented.

July 12, 2019
The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce has been ramping up its focus on helping minority-owned contractor businesses succeed. Read More

Survey reveals immigrant challenges

Results will help community leaders establish ways for better immigrant inclusion in Kent County.

July 12, 2019
A group of community leaders is taking the next step for better immigrant inclusion in Kent County. Read More

Federal grant helps ex-offenders find jobs

Michigan Talent Investment Agency receives $100K for Fidelity Bonding Program.

July 12, 2019
Ex-offenders soon will have more opportunities to find employment, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor. Read More

County supports hospital seeking federal loan

July 12, 2019
| By AP
IRON MOUNTAIN — A hospital that is a major employer in an Upper Peninsula county is getting support from public officials as it pursues a $25 million federal loan. Read More

Creston throwing street party

July 10, 2019
A party featuring a 20-booth artists market, live music and more will hit the streets this weekend. Read More

Furniture supplier planning new facility

July 8, 2019
A manufacturer of adjustable-height table bases is considering building a new production facility in the area. Read More

Federal grant aids mineral researchers

Minerals on the list essential for creating energy-efficient light bulbs, smartphones, robots.

July 5, 2019
Researchers from the Michigan Geological Survey at Western Michigan University are working to record information about the existence of mineral resources throughout the state. Read More