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First neighborhood summit to encourage residents to voice priorities for their communities

Submitted 02-24-2015 under NEWS

"Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City" is the first summit of its kind in Grand Rapids, bringing together leaders and citizens with the goal of strengthening local communities.

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State economy loses $435 million to landfill

Submitted 02-23-2015 under NEWS

Due to a lack of community participation in recycling, the governor has developed a recycling initiative to increase residential recycling access statewide.

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Love matters: GR Forward speaker says love important factor in city-building

Submitted 02-03-2015 under NEWS

Peter Kageyama, author of "For the Love of Cities," will be visiting Grand Rapids on Thursday, February 12He says civic engagement can take many forms, as a way to act upon our love for places.

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The rewards of serving one's neighborhood

Submitted 02-03-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

ECA board member Heather Colletto reflects on the responsibilities and benefits of neighborhood involvement, including realizing the impact of a community association when a gas station was proposed for a busy Eastown corner.

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Mayor Heartwell responds to citizen concerns on police relations, street plowing, fracking

Submitted 02-02-2015 under NONPROFITS

This month's live open forum included a conversation about the 12 point plan.

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Grand Rapids weighs in on free community college proposal

Submitted 01-30-2015 under NEWS

Community college administrators, GRCC students, and politicians respond to President Barack Obama's idea to provide federal and state funding to cover the first two years of college education for all American citizens.

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Story Matters: Rozann Mueller shares students' challenges and motivations in pursuing GED

Submitted 01-28-2015 under NONPROFITS

Rozann Mueller describes students in Alternative Directions’ GED program.

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Catalyst Radio: Change U social justice series begins Jan. 23 with Confronting Structural Violence

Submitted 01-16-2015 under NEWS

Offered through Grand Valley State University’s LGBT Center, Change U is a series of four free monthly sessions focusing on Confronting Structural Violence, the Non-profit Industrial Complex, Queering LGBT Rights and Climate Justice. The series’ aim is to address systems of oppression.

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DGRI to bring champion of data-driven goals to speaker series

Submitted 01-13-2015 under NEWS

Theresa Reno-Weber will be sharing how her team in Louisville uses data and performance-based government strategies to improve services, build transparency and increase involvement at the city government level.

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Mightier than the sword

Submitted 01-08-2015 under OPINION

As an open and welcoming news source for all, empowering local residents to become citizen journalists, the news coming from Paris has hit us hard here at The Rapidian. It's also made us stronger.

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