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Sunday, 12 March 2023 18:16

People in the news: March 13, 2023

A roundup of promotions, new hires, advancements and award winners in West Michigan.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 12 February 2023 18:00

West Michigan downtowns show signs of resilience, despite lagging office market

With the exception of a shaky office market, business leaders in West Michigan are reporting largely healthy downtown city centers with increased visitors, an influx of businesses opening and new projects under construction.

Wednesday, 30 March 2022 15:29

Grand River Greenway project lands $55M in state infrastructure plan

GRAND RAPIDS — Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. will receive $55 million to connect trails along the Grand River as part of a $4.7 billion infrastructure plan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed today.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 13 March 2022 18:38

$40M grant program would help downtowns recover from remote work shift

As companies take varied approaches to in-person and remote work, commercial real estate experts generally agree that office square footage needs will likely shrink with the adoption of more hybrid workspaces.

Sunday, 13 March 2022 18:53

Advocates seek minority voices, opportunity with 12 ‘transformational’ projects

Regional business and economic development leaders recently announced a list of 12 “transformational” projects that could reshape Kent County’s ability to attract visitors, new residents and employers.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:21

MDOT study of U.S. 131 to balance industrial, placemaking concerns

GRAND RAPIDS —  The Michigan Department of Transportation has launched an online survey seeking public feedback on potential redesign strategies for a contentious segment of US-131 between 28th Street and Wealthy Street. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 19 December 2021 17:30

Housing, riverfront key to bringing back downtown GR from COVID depths

The lifting of initial COVID-19 restrictions on retailers and restaurants brought activity back to downtown Grand Rapids, but officials still see persistent effects on the city’s core that stem from a reduction in downtown office workers.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 13 October 2021 14:56

Grand Rapids to consider $22M in brownfield incentives for 8-story Spectrum Health development

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health has filed a Brownfield Plan Amendment for its new Center for Transformation and Innovation, an eight-story office tower planned for the Monroe North neighborhood near downtown Grand Rapids. 

Sunday, 10 October 2021 19:00

‘Such an animal:’ State prepares for inevitable reconstruction of the unsafe, aging S-curve:

GRAND RAPIDS — The state’s new fiscal year budget that began Oct. 1 includes $10 million to study the reconstruction or potential reconfiguration of the Wealthy Street interchange on US-131 that officials have referred to as the most dangerous intersection in the state. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 18 July 2021 17:10

Office workers gradually return to downtowns as officials forecast a new landscape

The short-term outlook of city officials and commercial real estate experts is improving as office workers gradually return to in-person work, and they share an optimism as downtowns reawaken from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday, 04 July 2021 16:20

First-of-its-kind study of GR to guide long-term development

GRAND RAPIDS — As the city updates its nearly 20-year-old Master Plan to guide future development, local officials say a first-of-its-kind study last year can help ensure equitable outcomes while providing the best return on investments.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 06 June 2021 18:00

GR startup finds purpose with urban air quality mapping

When Darren Riley graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, he took with him in-demand skills rooted in software development and cybersecurity.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 23 May 2021 17:10

Pack Elephant helps local, diverse artisans scale their business

GRAND RAPIDS — When Winsome Kirton worked in advertising, she was often disappointed by executives’ uninspired corporate gifts that didn’t match the company’s values. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 14 March 2021 19:10

Downtowns feel the pain as office workers remain home

In a typical year, around 40,000 office workers a day are in downtown Grand Rapids buying coffee or lunch, or sticking around to shop or attend an event. 

Sunday, 08 November 2020 18:20

Resilient and agile: Restaurant industry tackles a potentially long-term transformation as consumer behavior and buying patterns shift

Restaurant owners have had to get creative and at times take extreme cost-cutting measures to keep their doors open this year, indicating the COVID-19 pandemic’s long-term effects for the industry.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 27 September 2020 11:40

Equity gets closer look with Grand River restoration project

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand River has historically divided the city of Grand Rapids in multiple ways, but as redevelopments have ramped up in recent years, leaders of a restoration plan are stressing the importance of making the river accessible to all residents. 

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 16 August 2020 19:00

‘Questions and concerns:’ Outdoor drinking areas may offer lifeline for bars and restaurants, but oversight questions remain

Designating outdoor drinking areas is not only a way to modernize Michigan’s alcohol regulations, but also extends a critical lifeline for restaurants and bars grappling with limited activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 09 July 2020 10:28

City groups planning fall “mashup” of events in place of ArtPrize

GRAND RAPIDS — Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is reallocating $50,000 it initially budgeted for ArtPrize 2020 toward a new event tentatively planned for September. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:58

After 2020 cancellation, future of ArtPrize remains unclear

After canceling this year’s ArtPrize because of concerns over COVID-19, organizers of Grand Rapids’ flagship arts event and the largest art competition in the world have avoided questions about whether it will return.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 21 June 2020 16:32

Restaurants, bars expand outside with social zones

JW’s Food & Spirits had never offered outdoor seating in the more than two decades the restaurant and bar has been in operation at the corner of North 7th Street and Washington Avenue east of downtown Grand Haven. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 21 June 2020 09:14

MiBiz Growth Report: June 21, 2020

Here is the MiBiz  Growth Report for June 21, 2020.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 10:21

Grand Rapids youth program will temporarily employ 1,000 residents

GRAND RAPIDS — A youth employment program will launch this summer, employing 1,000 Grand Rapids residents ages 15-21. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 14 June 2020 20:32

Hinman’s downtown hotel project opening delayed due to COVID-19

GRAND RAPIDS — The Hinman Co.’s 13-story, 140,000-square-foot hotel located at 10 Ionia Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids is expected to be completed two months later than anticipated because of construction delays stemming from COVID-19.

Friday, 12 June 2020 10:30

Relief funding available for GR businesses as murals cover downtown storefronts

GRAND RAPIDS — About 100 downtown businesses were damaged after May 30 protests of police brutality, causing an estimated $500,000 in damages for window repair and storefront replacement.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 09:37

Grand Rapids board approves $200K in economic relief for COVID-19

The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority board has approved $200,000 in economic relief funding a month into state and local efforts to contain the coronavirus.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 13 March 2020 16:55

Local bars, restaurants take precautions against coronavirus

GRAND RAPIDS — Restaurants and breweries across West Michigan are taking precautions to protect employees and patrons from coronavirus. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 11 March 2020 09:56

Chicago firm proposes 167-unit apartment building near downtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — A Chicago-based real estate firm has proposed a $26.1 million, 167-unit apartment building near downtown Grand Rapids. 

Sunday, 02 February 2020 18:30

Kent County again weighs selling 82 Ionia, plans building projects

GRAND RAPIDS — Among various other projects this year, Kent County officials again are assessing whether to sell a facility at 82 Ionia Ave. and construct a new building elsewhere in downtown Grand Rapids.

Sunday, 02 February 2020 17:30

Proposed Wheeler Development tower helps with downtown GR density goals

GRAND RAPIDS — Wheeler Development Group’s proposed mixed-use tower could help the city accomplish several goals for the downtown area. 

Monday, 27 January 2020 14:30

City, Grand Rapids Chamber bring on new staff to help business attraction, equity

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has hired a retail retention and attraction specialist to help attract regional and national retailers to the city.

Published in Economic Development

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