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Mayor braves "polar vortex" to answer citizen concerns

by The Rapidian

Mayor Heartwell answered citizen questions about city issues on Monday evening, with concerns ranging from maintaining city streets to parking cost increases to development inclusivity.

Mayor answers citizen questions about our homeless population on City Connection

by The Rapidian

In this month's edition of the live show where our mayor answers citizen questions, a Rapidian asked the mayor about the city's plans to assist our homeless population as downtown continues to grow.

Connect to the City of Grand Rapids government through social media

by Nicole Merte

If you want to learn more about the city government, you could check your feed on Twitter or Facebook or watch a City Commission meeting online.

Meet Brian Ellis: Running for Republican Congressional seat

by Nicole Merte

Brian Ellis from Grand Rapids was encouraged to run based on disagreeing with Justin Amash's voting record and explains how he would do things differently.

City officials take voluntary pay cuts

by Nicole Merte

The City of Grand Rapids quarterly Transformation Update reveals a variety of ways local government has cut costs.

Grand Rapids leaders launch Yes! GR Parks campaign

by Nicole Merte

Community leaders have introduced a proposal of a new property tax to increase funds for city parks that will appear on the ballot November 5.

Downtown Development Authority approves parklet amendment

by Ana Olvera

The Downtown Development Authority has approved an amendment to the Streetscape Improvement Incentive Program as a first step to the creation of parklets in Downtown Grand Rapids.

Future careers for kids explored on City Connection

by GRTV

The future job market for the next generation in GR could hold more options than you think. Commissioner James White goes into detail from this last episode of City Connection.

Commissioner White answers citizen questions on City Connection

by GRTV

Rapidian staff and politics beat member Renato Delos Reyes poses a question about repairing city damage from flooding. City Commissioner White sat in for Mayor Heartwell

Local labor unions explain possible effects of Right to Work legislation

by Kristin Schmitt

Local unions discuss the effects of the new Right-To-Work Law.

City searches for qualified Comptroller

by Kristin Schmitt

Comptroller: What is it, who qualifies, and what is the City looking for in their search for a new one?

Grand Rapidians rally around cause of immigration reform

by Jennifer Voss

West Michigan Coalition for Immigration Reform aims to bring awareness to the community at large about the realities and difficulties immigrants face and why reform is needed.

City Charter to 'decriminalize GR' hits another delay

by Steven Davison

City Manager Greg Sundstrom has delayed the Charter amendment to decriminalize marijuana in Grand Rapids.

Mayor answers citizen concerns on monthly "City Connection"

by Holly Bechiri

Got a question for Mayor Heartwell? Ask it tonight! Every month, local citizens have an opportunity to interact with Grand Rapid's most prominent elected official.

Protesters gather in opposition of Kent County prosecutor's lawsuit

by Renato Delos Reyes

Protesters gather in opposition of Prosecutor Bill Forsyth's lawsuit blocking the implementation of new City Charter Amendment

Local Elections 2012: Kent County Sheriff's candidates respond to Rapidian questions

by Steven Davison

Lawrence Stelma answered some tough questions to help our local citizens understand who to vote for in upcoming elections Tuesday November 6.

Local Elections 2012: Kent County 13th District commissioner Richard Vander Molen

by Holly Bechiri

Richard Vander Molen answered some tough questions to help our local citizens understand who to vote for in this Tuesday's elections.

Local Elections 2012: State Representative candidates respond to Rapidian questions

by Steven Davison

Winnie Brinks, Bing Goei and Keith Allard answered some tough questions to help our local citizens understand who to vote for in upcoming elections Tuesday November 6.

Local Elections 2012: Kent County 14th District candidates respond to Rapidian questions

by Holly Bechiri

Carol Hennessy and Casey O'Neill answered some tough questions to help our local citizens understand who to vote for in upcoming elections Tuesday November 6.

Local Elections 2012: Michigan U.S. Senate candidates respond to Rapidian questions

by Renato Delos Reyes

Pete Hoekstra, Debbie Stabenow and Scotty Boman answered some tough questions to help our local citizens understand who to vote for in upcoming elections Tuesday November 6.