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Displaying items by tag: economic development

Sunday, 03 July 2022 18:29

MiBiz Growth Report: July 5, 2022

Here is the MiBiz Growth report for July 5, 2022:

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 03 July 2022 18:20

Former GR cannabis administrator seeks clarity with local zoning

A Q&A with Landon Bartley, interim president of the West Michigan Cannabis Guild and principal and CEO of Proxima Collective

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 03 July 2022 18:10

Roundtable: Cannabis experts tackle evolving business climate, social equity pressures

As Michigan emerges as one of the top cannabis markets in the U.S., industry experts and operators still face the growing pains of a sector with high barriers to entry and increasing consolidation.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 01 July 2022 13:40

GR amphitheater project lands $30M in state funding with budget deal

GRAND RAPIDS — A major economic development project to build a 12,000-capacity amphitheater along the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids has secured $30 million in state funding.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 28 June 2022 16:32

State backs Battle Creek McCamly Plaza hotel redevelopment with $7.5M loan

State officials have approved a $7.5 million loan for the redevelopment of the former McCamly Plaza hotel in downtown Battle Creek that’s being led by an affiliate of the city’s economic development arm.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 24 June 2022 09:51

Digital consultant Twisthink expanding with new headquarters at GR Innovation Park

Holland-based digital consulting firm Twisthink LLC is expanding with a new headquarters at the Michigan State University Grand Rapids Innovation Park.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 16:24

Grand Haven to allow recreational cannabis businesses with major zoning limitations

Grand Haven will join dozens of communities statewide that allow cannabis sales for adult recreational use, though local officials have placed significant zoning restrictions on where retailers and other facilities could operate.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 19 June 2022 18:28

MiBiz Growth Report: June 20, 2022

Here is the MiBiz Growth report for June 20, 2022

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 15 June 2022 14:56

Whitmer declines to OK Little River Band of Ottawa Indians’ proposed Fruitport Twp. casino

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is unable to approve the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians’ proposed $180 million off-reservation casino project in Fruitport Township near Muskegon. 

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 08 June 2022 09:51

$8.7M in federal funding to help rejuvenate West Michigan Railroad

The West Michigan Railroad Co. will receive up to $8.7 million in federal funding to upgrade and rebuild 5.6 miles of track in Southwest Michigan that railroad officials say will help spur economic development.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 07 June 2022 14:46

Kent County names first coordinator of immigrant, refugee Welcome Plan

Kent County has appointed Hollin De La Cruz as its welcome plan coordinator, a newly created position to oversee the county’s formal efforts to welcome immigrants and refugees.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 06 June 2022 14:43

West Mich. higher ed sees major recent leadership turnover

West Michigan colleges and universities saw significant leadership turnover during the spring, bringing in a new crop of presidents as workforce development proves crucial during a widespread talent crunch.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 05 June 2022 18:15

Reporter’s Notebook: Michigan risks slipping in key economic metrics without education investments

However lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reach consensus over billions in one-time federal pandemic funds and budget surpluses with investments, tax cuts or a combination of the two, Jeff Donofrio wants Michigan to be far more competitive in the long term.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 June 2022 18:12

Editor’s Notebook: Off-reservation casino proposals highlight inadequate tribal funding, inequitable federal model

Whether the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will secure the necessary approval from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to open a casino in Fruitport Township remains an open question, but the answer will likely emerge within a matter of days.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 June 2022 18:04

Muskegon Lake cleanup milestone creates ‘greater energy’ around future developments

MUSKEGON — Community leaders and environmental advocates say a recent cleanup milestone will continue to spur development projects around Muskegon Lake and help the city’s ability to attract new residents.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 05 June 2022 18:00

Foster parents face significant barriers to work-child care balance

Lena Scoby considered her inability to have biological children as a sign to take her call to motherhood in a new direction. She accepted her first foster care placement, a young girl named Summer, in 2018. At the time, Scoby was single and working full time. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 June 2022 18:47

State plans $100M to boost child care programs after pandemic downturn

The state intends to steer $100 million to support a goal of opening 1,000 new child care programs over the next two and a half years.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 03 June 2022 11:59

Grand Rapids Gold bringing basketball back to downtown GR with 5-year deal at Van Andel Arena

Gold officials this week announced that the team will play its 24 home games at Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids this coming season.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 01 June 2022 14:09

Holland and Muskegon groups join sustainable cruising initiative

Cruise the Great Lakes — a consortium of local tourism agencies, cruise lines, port authorities, U.S. states and Canadian provinces — has launched a sustainability pledge for ship operators and local communities in response to increasing demand for sustainable travel options.

Tuesday, 31 May 2022 16:31

Grand Action 2.0 names Kara Wood as new executive director

Grand Action 2.0, the revamped group of executives behind some of the largest downtown Grand Rapids developments over the past couple of decades, has named a new executive director.

Published in Economic Development
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

Thursday, 26 May 2022 10:12

MiBiz Growth Report: May 23, 2022

Here is the MiBiz Growth report for May 23, 2022:

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 24 May 2022 19:03

Whitmer asks Interior Dept. to solve ‘unworkable’ timeline involving pair of tribes

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer finds herself in a “particularly unworkable” situation regarding two American Indian tribes in West Michigan, Tribal Business News reports

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 24 May 2022 17:52

Muskegon Lake cleanup milestone paves way for federal delisting as contaminated area

MUSKEGON — Local, state and federal officials gathered today to celebrate a recent environmental cleanup milestone at Muskegon Lake, clearing the way for the body of water to be removed from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Area of Concern list.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 22 May 2022 18:14

MUVE app launches in West Mich. to break down transportation accessibility barriers

ACanadian app developer focused on removing mobility barriers for people with disabilities and the elderly is launching its first commercial deployment in West Michigan.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 22 May 2022 18:03

Community leaders push for connectivity at congested U.S.-131 interchange

GRAND RAPIDS — Despite numerous complexities involved with improving the congested Wealthy Street interchange at U.S.-131, city and community leaders seek to create more connectivity with $10 million recently allocated to upgrade the aging infrastructure.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 20 May 2022 12:53

U-M economic outlook shows short-term return to growth; inflation concerns through 2023

University of Michigan economists expect second-quarter growth for the U.S. economy, although momentum may wane in the latter half of the year as interest rates rise.

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 19 May 2022 16:18

State GOP lawmakers pass tax cut plan amid expected budget revenue windfall

Republicans in Lansing have passed another election-year tax cut plan that would reduce the personal income tax, raise Michigan’s earned income tax credit, and create a $500 per-child tax credit.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 17 May 2022 16:09

Gun Lake Investments taps former deal partner to run operations

After a seven-year career in tribal economic development at Waséyabek Development Co. LLC for his tribe, Jimmy TenBrink now finds himself heading up operations for a familiar tribal partner. 

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 11 May 2022 12:25

Grand Rapids approves 90-day grace period for non-complying cannabis operators; licensing dispute attracts state attention

GRAND RAPIDS — A divided Grand Rapids City Commission is granting a 90-day grace period to cannabis operators that are failing to meet social equity goals they promised three years ago while city staff determine a path forward.

Published in Economic Development

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