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Displaying items tagged: economic development

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 15:45

New Peters-backed law adds safeguards for Michigan metros once at risk of losing federal funds

Federal legislation that aims to protect certain metropolitan areas, including six in Michigan, from losing key federal funding has been signed into law.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 05 December 2022 12:25

Grand Rapids first market announced for new professional women’s volleyball league

GRAND RAPIDS — A new professional U.S. women’s volleyball league that’s set to launch in 2024 has tapped Grand Rapids as its first market, team owners and league executives announced today.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 04 December 2022 17:47

MiBiz Growth Report: Dec. 5, 2022

A roundup of mergers and acquisitions, expansions and other briefs across West Michigan.

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 01 December 2022 16:34

Wyoming officials hope federal stimulus funding jumpstarts City Center project

WYOMING — City officials have secured $6 million from Kent County’s share of federal stimulus funds to help advance longtime plans for a downtown just south of 28th Street.

Thursday, 01 December 2022 13:26

Kent County approves $108M for 30 projects in ‘politicized’ ARPA vote

GRAND RAPIDS — The Kent County Board of Commissioners voted today to allocate $108 million in federal stimulus funds to 30 local projects as several commissioners described the process as highly politicized.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 01 December 2022 08:55

Trinity Health seeks input, partners to revitalize housing in GR’s Heartside neighborhood

GRAND RAPIDS — More than 4,700 people once lived in the neighborhood immediately surrounding Trinity Health’s Saint Mary’s Hospital campus back in the early 1900s.


Wednesday, 30 November 2022 11:46

Public-private partnership aims to create 1,000 child care slots across Ottawa Co.

Ottawa County officials have signed off on plans to leverage $7.5 million in federal stimulus funds with nearly $25 million from the private sector to create 1,000 new child care slots in the next three years.

Published in Nonprofits
Tuesday, 29 November 2022 16:47

Coalition aims to educate, amplify residents’ voices in GR budget process

GRAND RAPIDS — Dozens of individuals and organizations in Grand Rapids have formed the Coalition for Community Owned Safety to educate residents on the city’s budget and explore new ways to direct city funding to address the root causes of crime. 

Published in Nonprofits
Monday, 28 November 2022 16:48

New report examines causes of Michigan’s declining labor participation rate

Falling off the “benefits cliff,” declining higher education enrollment, and a widespread skills gap have each contributed to Michigan’s labor force participation rate dropping by nearly twice the national average over the past two decades.

Published in Talent

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
Wednesday, 23 November 2022 13:45

Ottawa County approves $32.7M in ARPA funds for community projects

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners has approved allocating $32.7 million in federal stimulus funds for 24 community projects, over some objections that an incoming slate of commissioners should get to vote on project funding.

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

Sunday, 20 November 2022 19:14

MiBiz Growth Report: Nov. 21, 2022

Below is a snapshot of growth activity that was published in our Nov. 21, 2022 print edition. 

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 18 November 2022 12:18

Ottawa Co. considers 24 projects for $31.5M in federal ARPA funding

Ottawa County officials are considering a plan to redirect $12.5 million in reserves to fund the full number of projects prioritized for federal stimulus funding.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 17 November 2022 11:16

Incoming Senate Majority Leader from GR discusses ‘right to work,’ civil rights expansions, housing and abortion as an economic issue

Democratic state Sen. Winnie Brinks from Grand Rapids continues to make history. She was the first woman to represent Grand Rapids in the state Senate since Eva McCall Hamilton was elected in 1920, and she will be Michigan’s first woman Senate Majority Leader when the Democrats take control of the legislative branch on Jan. 1 for the first time in 40 years.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 16 November 2022 20:08

Housing, public safety top concerns for 3 incoming Grand Rapids city commissioners

GRAND RAPIDS — The three new members elected to the Grand Rapids City Commission on Nov. 8 each plan to make housing and public safety key priorities.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 15 November 2022 19:57

3 Michigan tribal economic development entities form ‘historic’ construction joint venture

A trio of non-gaming tribal economic development entities has formed a rare real estate development, construction and property management joint venture that’s considered the first of its kind in the Midwest.

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 17:36

Housing loan fund, public amenities among 21 projects recommended for share of Kent County stimulus funding

Kent County staff have narrowed down more than 300 requests for federal stimulus funding to 21 projects that involve housing, public amenities, support for underrepresented communities, and social programs.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 11 November 2022 11:11

Kalamazoo and Muskegon airports gain new airliners, plan for the future

Two smaller West Michigan regional airports have launched new flight offerings that officials hope will attract passengers as the facilities continue to rebound from the pandemic and launch capital projects.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 07 November 2022 16:14

Key metrics on West Michigan industrial activity trending downward, survey finds

Key metrics in a monthly report on West Michigan’s industrial economy trended downward last month into negative territory, reflecting a slowing economy.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 06 November 2022 19:18

MiBiz Growth Report: Nov. 7, 2022

Below is a snapshot of growth activity that was published in our Nov. 7, 2022 print edition. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 06 November 2022 18:16

Using A.I. for good: Data ethicist discusses ways companies can leverage benefits of algorithms

University of Virginia data scientist and criminologist Renée Cummings will visit Grand Rapids this month to share her insights — and warnings — on the growing use of artificial intelligence and algorithms in corporate decision making. The exponential growth in data availability has created the need for companies to make informed decisions when deploying such technology in hiring practices, DEI efforts or growing revenue, for example. That decision making should be done in a way that is justice-oriented, equitable, diverse and inclusive, Cummings says. The former journalist-turned-data scholar will make multiple appearances in Grand Rapids from Nov. 14-17 as part of a weeklong exploration of data ethics led by The Delta Project, Greater Grand Rapids NAACP, the West Michigan chapter of Public Relations Society of America, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Grand Valley State University and a consortium of tech businesses. Cummings spoke with MiBiz ahead of her visit to highlight key themes of her work and why businesses should be paying attention to ethics in data-based decision making.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 04 November 2022 13:28

Wyoming Kentwood Chamber forms BIPOC advisory council to convene minority business leaders

The Wyoming Kentwood Chamber hopes a newly formed BIPOC Business Leader Advisory Council gives a voice to business owners and entrepreneurs from underrepresented yet demographically prominent communities.

Published in Talent
Tuesday, 25 October 2022 15:23

Meijer Sports Complex plans $11M expansion as sports tourism exceeds pre-pandemic levels

PLAINFIELD TWP. — Eight years after opening the Meijer Sports Complex, the West Michigan Sports Commission is embarking on an $11 million capital campaign to expand the Rockford area facility with more fields and amenities.

Published in Economic Development

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
Sunday, 23 October 2022 18:00

‘NOBODY IS IMMUNE:’ Businesses face growing risks, costs from cyber threats

Cybercrime cost Michigan victims more than $181.6 million in 2021.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 23 October 2022 18:00

MiBiz Growth Report: Oct. 24, 2022

Below is a snapshot of growth activity that was published in our Oct. 24, 202 print edition. To subscribe (free to qualified business executives in West Michigan), visit mibiz.com/subscribe.

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 20 October 2022 15:39

WMPF panel: ‘We are stuck’ in the past on economic development incentives

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Policy Forum hosted a conference today in Grand Rapids where speakers promoted sweeping K-12 education reforms and lamented the ongoing use of large incentive packages to lure automotive supplier jobs.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 19 October 2022 14:05

Officials seek more employers to grow affordable child care program statewide

A public-private initiative formed to make child care affordable for working parents in Michigan has begun moving from the pilot stage to full implementation.

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.


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