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Meet civic investor Rachel Lee: Investing in neighborhood vibrancy

Submitted 04-23-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Rachel Lee heads up the neighborhood association in one of Grand Rapids' most walkable neighborhoods. She's intent on keeping her neighbors engaged and involved, as they work together to create a vibrant urban environment.


Canada based boutique opens second U.S. store in Grand Rapids

Submitted 04-22-2014 under NEWS

Lolë boutique opened on March 28 in East Grand Rapids and aims to sell versatile active wear for women.


Local restaurants, businesses help The Rapidian thank investors

Submitted 04-22-2014 under NONPROFITS

Over 28 local businesses and restaurants have donated gift certificates to The Rapidian to help us thank our investors. Donations of $25 and above qualify for receiving a gift certificate of the donor's choice


Building city vibrancy

Submitted 04-22-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Investing in the community, creating opportunities and growing demand increase the vibrancy of a city.


Meet civic investor Derek Coppess: Investing in community creation

Submitted 04-22-2014 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The founder of 616 Development and 616 Lofts didn't start his adult life creating community in downtown Grand Rapids. But family upbringing and a need for a shovel reminded him that people make a life.


Build a strong local food economy: How investing in The Rapidian invests in your community

Submitted 04-19-2014 under NONPROFITS

Follow the story of Rapidian reporter Amy HInman, market director Melissa Harrington and locally-sourced restaurant owner Chef Chris Perkey as they work to make their city a better place. Build a stronger food economy, invest in your community: The Rapidian helps us make it possible.


Catalyst Radio: Wege Speaker Series bringing to town wind energy expert Tom Kiernan

Submitted 04-18-2014 under NEWS

The Wege Foundation continues its speaker series at Aquinas College with wind energy expert Tom Kiernan, CEO of the nonprofit American Wind Energy Association. The free event on Thursday, Apr. 24 begins at 4 p.m.


Meet civic investor Tami VandenBerg: Investing in the other

Submitted 04-14-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Tami VandenBerg believes that we all should have access to a great city. Her work at Well House as well as starting both The Meanwhile Bar and The Pyramid Scheme are all a part of making Grand Rapids great- for all.


CMC welcomes SiTE:LAB co-founder Tom Clinton as new Executive Director

Submitted 04-10-2014 under NONPROFITS

Tom Clinton has accepted a new role as the Executive Director of the Community Media Center. Clinton brings multiple strengths from past roles into his leadership of local community media.


Locally grown gourmet mushrooms on the way to consumers, restaurants

Submitted 04-08-2014 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The Urban Mushroom is growing a hobby into a full offering of gourmet mushrooms through their CSA program and the farmers market. They also have sights set on creative non-edible uses for the magical mycelium.