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Displaying items tagged: WOODTV8

Monday, 28 November 2022 09:21

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Ottawa Co. adopts $32.7M ARPA spending plan

Ottawa County commissioners last week signed off on a $32.7 million spending plan that will direct federal stimulus funding to two dozen local projects.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 21 November 2022 10:26

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Talent, inflation top concerns for West Mich. biz execs, survey finds

A survey of more than 300 West Michigan business leaders shows that talent availability and inflation are their biggest barriers to growth, while investing in automation and raising prices will be key measures to overcome risk.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 14 November 2022 10:08

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Statewide housing tax incentive bills clear legislative hurdle

State House lawmakers late last week passed a series of bills that aim to make it easier for developers to build much-needed projects through various tax incentives.


Monday, 31 October 2022 15:47

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Small biz group leads opposition to federal rule proposal for ‘gig economy’ workers

The Biden administration last month proposed new rules for employers that could have sweeping implications for small business owners who rely on independent contractors.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 24 October 2022 16:51

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Development-ready sites narrowed down across West Michigan

West Michigan economic development agencies have spent the past eight months inventorying more than 100 sites across the region and selecting the top 10 that could be most suitable for large projects.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 18 October 2022 19:11

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Kent Co. officials see affordable housing path with ARPA funding

Affordable housing was a key theme among proposals submitted to county officials by organizations seeking a share of $127 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding.


Monday, 17 October 2022 10:08

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Kent Co. prepares to select projects for federal ARPA funding

Kent County officials are in the process of narrowing down hundreds of funding requests for more than $100 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 10 October 2022 16:18

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Michigan SOAR fund ramps up incentives for major projects

A recently created statewide economic development fund created to distribute incentives continues to dole out funding for major projects.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 04 October 2022 19:23

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Butterworth landfill solar project could advance following settlement agreement

A long-discussed plan for a large solar project at the former Butterworth landfill in Grand Rapids could be moving forward under a recent settlement agreement approved by state energy regulators.


Monday, 03 October 2022 13:39

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Furniture manufacturers navigate return-to-office uncertainty with cost cuts

Steelcase Inc. and MillerKnoll Inc. — the two largest players in office furniture manufacturing — are experiencing lower order volumes as corporations delay return-to-office plans, and are both responding with cost-cutting measures in the coming weeks.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 27 September 2022 18:20

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Municipalities approve tax incentives for major battery manufacturing proposal

Local officials in Mecosta County on Monday night approved long-term tax incentives for a potential electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant eyed for the Big Rapids area.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 26 September 2022 11:31

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: ‘Transformational’ battery project eyed near Big Rapids

State and local economic development officials are in the process of luring a major Chinese electric vehicle battery manufacturer to Mecosta County that could result in thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment over the next decade.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 22 August 2022 12:32

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: BHSH 2022 revenues dragged down by Beaumont Health

First-half financial data for BHSH System show a nearly $100 million loss for Beaumont Health was offset by stronger performances by Spectrum Health and Priority Health in West Michigan.

Published in Health Care
Monday, 25 July 2022 10:47

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: New state laws roll back COVID-19 workplace protections

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this month signed three pieces of legislation into law that begin to roll back workplace protections for both employers and employees before eliminating them entirely by July of 2023.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 18 July 2022 19:23

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Tax cut negotiations coming between Whitmer, GOP lawmakers

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to sign off on the next state fiscal year budget, the administration and GOP-led Legislature will now shift their attention to reaching a potential compromise on tax relief for the public.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 11 July 2022 13:45

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Economic development, mental health funding in latest state budget deal

The recently announced state budget deal between top Republican lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer includes hundreds of millions of dollars for economic development and mental health care projects.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 20 June 2022 13:14

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: State lawmakers advance housing bill package

State House lawmakers last week advanced a four-bill package to help alleviate housing shortages statewide by incentivizing developers to build projects across varying price points.

Tuesday, 31 May 2022 14:41

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Whitmer seeks resolution to ‘unworkable’ timeline involving two West Mich. tribes

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently appealed to the U.S. Department of the Interior for help in resolving an “unworkable” timeline as two tribes separately make economic development efforts.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 16 May 2022 12:42

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: West Michigan food producers on front lines of formula shortage

Four food manufacturing companies with operations in West Michigan are on the front lines of the ongoing baby formula shortage that is causing significant challenges for families with infants.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 09 May 2022 12:53

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Most GR cannabis equity businesses not meeting goals

Very few Grand Rapids cannabis businesses are fulfilling social equity promises they made three years ago to gain an advantage when applying for a city license, though some city officials say the program is filled with “unattainable” goals.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 21 February 2022 12:29

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Consumers Energy supporting EV charging rollout

Consumers Energy announced plans today that it will issue 200 rebates over the next two years to help offset the cost for site hosts to install electric vehicle charging stations.

Published in Energy

Monday, 14 February 2022 13:26

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Grand Haven to consider Chinook Pier redevelopment proposal

City officials in Grand Haven are considering a Zeeland-based developer’s proposal to reconfigure Chinook Pier in downtown.

Monday, 31 January 2022 14:04

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Whitmer, Republicans unveil competing tax cut plans

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislators have offered competing tax cut proposals in recent weeks as a result of budget surplus and an influx of federal stimulus funding.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 13 December 2021 15:53

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Recapping the Legislature’s swift action on economic development incentives

State lawmakers moved quickly last week to advance new economic development incentives, with the House and Senate passing legislation to create new funds and programs to attract major advanced manufacturing projects.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 29 November 2021 12:48

MiBiz on WOOD-TV: The Right Place expands to Mason, Mecosta counties

GRAND RAPIDS — Regional economic development organization The Right Place Inc. recently announced new partnerships that would bring its services and expertise to Mason and Mecosta counties in West Michigan.

Published in Finance
Monday, 15 November 2021 13:49

MiBiz on WOOD-TV: Bell’s Brewery deal latest in West Michigan craft beverage acquisitions

GRAND RAPIDS — Bell’s Brewery Inc.’s announcement last week that it’s selling to the parent company of New Belgium Brewing Co. sent shockwaves through Michigan’s craft beverage industry. It also represents the latest in a series of high-profile deals involving Michigan craft beverage companies.

Published in Finance
Monday, 08 November 2021 12:28

MiBiz on WOOD-TV: New Community Transformation Fund names first managing director

GRAND RAPIDS — A venture capital fund that plans to invest in minority-owned businesses has named Ollie Howie as its first managing director.

Published in Finance

Monday, 15 February 2021 15:55

MiBiz, WOOD-TV8 launch news partnership

GRAND RAPIDS — MiBiz Inc. and WOOD-TV8 launched a new media partnership that includes sharing breaking news between the two outlets and a weekly roundup of business news during the station’s Monday morning “Daybreak” program.

Published in Economic Development