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Gaming on board: party provider expands services with Ultimate Gaming Bus

Submitted 12-16-2014 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Brian Mosby started his business three years ago by offering bounce houses and other party fun for young children. He's now expanding his services to include entertainment for older children and teens with a mobile gaming station equiped with up to 50 video games.

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Shop locally, give back at Grand Rapids Downtown Market during holidays

Submitted 12-09-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Buying local this holiday season ensures that more dollars will be recirculated back into the community. The Downtown Market is hosting activities in support of the local economy.

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Building consensus: public engagement strategist to address justice, equity, involvement in city planning

Submitted 12-03-2014 under NEWS

Don Edwards, Principal at Justice and Sustainability Associates in DC, will be visiting Grand Rapids on Thursday for the GR Forward Thinking Speaker Series.

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Why Place Matters

Submitted 12-02-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

ECA board member Chris Cork shares why he relocated to Grand Rapids a decade ago and how the walkablilty ethos was the driving argument in the denial of proposed gas station at Fulton and Carlton.

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Uptown Holiday Shop Hop to kick off annual event

Submitted 12-02-2014 under NEWS

Shopping local is the theme for the annual Uptown Shop Hop and always draws a large crowd during the holiday season.

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Seeing red

Submitted 12-02-2014 under NEWS

How modern day real estate practices are continuing the tradition of redlining in communities of color within Grand Rapids.

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Own our city: Toronto's Chief Planner shares window into ingredients for civic change

Submitted 12-01-2014 under NEWS

Jennifer Keesmaat visited Grand Rapids for the GR Forward Thinking speaker series, to talk to Grand Rapidians about the key elements needed to ensure good growth and change.

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The Acton Institute announces busy slate of events

Submitted 11-19-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Since moving into its new downtown building, The Acton Institute has developed a braod community engagement program offering culture, public affairs, and arts.

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Grand Traverse Distillery to bring artisan spirits to Downtown Market

Submitted 11-18-2014 under NEWS

With craft distilleries making a splash in the local culinary and agro-tourism scene, Grand Traverse Distillery will set up shop in Grand Rapids' Downtown Market this holiday season.

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Renowned urbanist to kick off Speaker Series this Thursday

Submitted 11-18-2014 under NEWS

GR Forward will host a series of five speaking engagements open to the public. The first, entitled "Planning with Bold Vision," will be lead by Jennifer Keesmaat, the Chief Planner for the City of Toronto.

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