Economic Development

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Nonprofits step in to help homeless youth with health care

Initiative makes connections with insurers, providers and crisis support therapists.

December 13, 2019
Five nonprofit organizations have collaborated to provide wraparound health and wellness services for homeless youth. Read More

Right Place exceeds three-year goals

But tariffs and infrastructure present challenges over the next couple of years.

December 13, 2019
The Right Place concluded its three-year strategic plan well over goals. Read More

West Michigan town ranks No. 1 for affordability

December 9, 2019
A personal finance website has ranked a town in the region as the top city for high salaries and low cost of living. Read More

Sparta DDA seeks bids for incubator space construction

Partnering with a private developer, project will utilize 200-space parking lot downtown.

December 6, 2019
The Sparta Downtown Development Authority is taking the next steps toward establishing a retail incubator space. Read More

Kent recycling center no longer will accept plastic bags

Operational challenges force county’s recycling program to discontinue service.

December 6, 2019
Recycling has taken another turn in Kent County. Read More

DNR opts out of waterway project

Project would have dredged approximately 23-mile stretch of Grand River for recreational boat usage.

December 6, 2019
The Grand River Waterway project has lost crucial support in its effort to dredge the Grand River and make it navigable for powerboats. Read More

Inside Track: Jill of all trades

Sonja Johnson leverages work in multiple industries as executive director of GVSU’s Van Andel Global Trade Center.

December 6, 2019
Starting life in a small town of about 13,000 people, Sonja Johnson now helps businesses make connections all over the world. Read More

Planners looking to ‘reimagine’ downtown

Open houses to provide ideas and priorities about the design and operations of the core downtown streets.

December 6, 2019
The city of Grand Rapids is hosting several community engagement opportunities this week in advance of reimagining downtown streets. Read More

City adopts vision for Southtown

Business Area Specific Plan, which has been underway for two years, now is part of Grand Rapids’ master plan.

December 6, 2019
The Southtown Business Area Specific Plan now is incorporated into the master plan for Grand Rapids, following city commission approval. Read More

Association: Business outlook slips for 2020

National employer group finds executives are responding with caution to reports of softening economy.

December 6, 2019
The Employer Associations of America (EAA) just released its 2020 National Business Trends Survey, and it shows executives are feeling a little less confident about next year’s economy. Read More