Economic Development

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Effort seeks to attract young professionals

Choose Michigan hopes to draw talent from other Midwest cities.

September 21, 2018
The state of Michigan launched a campaign to attract graduates and young professionals from other areas of the Midwest. Read More

Report documents immigrant contributions

Kent County immigrants contributed $3.3 billion to the county’s GDP in 2016.

September 14, 2018
Grand Rapids community leaders agreed making immigrants feel like they belong in Kent County not only is right but is economically smart. Read More

DDA backs downtown projects

Hotel, market-rate apartments eligible for development support funds.

September 14, 2018
The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority recently approved two downtown construction projects that are eligible for development support funds. Read More

Tariffs weigh heavy on commodities forecast

Experts say trade war is crunching the metal, chemicals/plastics and logistics industries.

September 14, 2018
A group of industry experts says risk is one thing businesses can bet on for 2019 as the global trade war escalates. Read More

Contract manufacturer plans $3.5M expansion

September 13, 2018
A local contract manufacturer of medical devices is planning a $3.5-million expansion in the area that will create 43 jobs. Read More

Airline adding destination

September 10, 2018
An airline is adding a new seasonal non-stop destination from Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Read More

Rich DeVos leaves a legacy of 'stewardship'

Family, community leaders say Amway co-founder used his wealth and knowledge for the betterment of Grand Rapids.

September 7, 2018
It would be hard to make it through a day in West Michigan without seeing evidence of Richard M. DeVos’ presence. Read More

New initiative hopes to bolster Great Lakes cruises

Muskegon has seen a few dozen cruise ship landings in the past three years, with more to come.

September 7, 2018
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A new international campaign to attract more cruise ships to the Great Lakes is expected to benefit the tourism industry in West Michigan. Read More

Hope rolls out innovative experiential learning center

Boerigter Center for Calling and Career aims to provide students with experience to secure jobs after college.

September 7, 2018
Hope College is placing a greater emphasis on providing students with the tools and hands-on experience needed to land jobs after college. Read More

Allegan breaks ground on riverfront plaza

September 6, 2018
Allegan has begun the final phase of a major riverfront redevelopment project. Read More