Street Talk

A casual, and sometimes cutting, roundup of what's being said around town.


Street Talk: The future is now

School shopping.

July 12, 2019
Fifteen of the Muskegon lakeshore’s up and coming young professionals are being recognized by the business community for contributing to the growth and success of their company/organization and making a positive impact along the lakeshore. Read More

Street Talk: County looks ahead

Fed funding.

July 5, 2019
Kent County has established its strategic plan for 2019-23. Read More

Street Talk: Native son shines

Green fees.

June 28, 2019
A native son has made his mark on the West Coast, but he hasn’t forgotten about his West Michigan roots. Read More

Street Talk: It’s the skills, stupid

Health disconnect.

June 21, 2019
As the second half of the year begins, over 82% of employers report they are actively hiring for open positions. However, 80% of those employers are having trouble finding candidates, with 70% reporting a skills shortage, according to a survey released June 18 by Chicago-based global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Read More

Street Talk: Let’s talk business first

Call of duty.

June 14, 2019
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order earlier this month meant to streamline and better coordinate efforts within state government to meet business and labor needs. Read More

Street Talk: Taxes out of thin air

Good sport.

June 7, 2019
Last year, Kent County Treasurer Ken Parrish negotiated with Airbnb to begin collecting the same lodging excise tax that is paid on regular hotel rooms. Read More

Street Talk: Fraud fighter published

Jailhouse scholars.

May 31, 2019
After conceiving an in-house solution to real estate wire fraud, the co-founder of CertifID has authored a new book on fraud prevention. Read More

Street Talk: Contractor, camp make unexpected connection

Fade to black.

May 24, 2019
Since coming under new ownership in 2018, Wolverine Building Group has been actively searching for ways to give back to the Grand Rapids community, but one particular project had a personal connection with the company. Read More

Street Talk: Phase one complete

Top 10 in 10.

May 17, 2019
The Land Conservancy of West Michigan has completed its phase one campaign for The Highlands, a 121-acre former golf course that’s being converted to a nature area. Read More

Street Talk: Let’s talk streets

Travel team.

May 10, 2019
’Tis the season for detours and weaving in and out of orange cones. But while Grand Rapids motorists are grappling with new ways to add five or 10 minutes to their commute, the new construction actually is the latest installment of a long-term plan. Read More