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Mayor engages questions of local economic growth, public transportation on City Connection

Submitted 09-08-2014 under NONPROFITS

Mayor Heartwell answered citizen questions, like one from Chelsie Wyse, asking about how efforts like The Rapid's Silver Line can help local economic growth


City officials monitor growth trends, watch for indicators of gentrification

Submitted 08-21-2014 under NEWS

Grand Rapids planning director Suzanne Schulz discusses how City officials work to ensure the growth of a diverse city population.


Story Matters: John Rossano gives back by volunteering at Disability Advocates

Submitted 08-12-2014 under NONPROFITS

John Rossano decided to volunteer for Disability Advocates because he wanted to be able to help others, just as he had received help himself. He encourages everyone to volunteer.


Security director examines proposed panhandling restrictions

Submitted 08-08-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Russell Wolff is the director of Grand Valley State University Pew campus security. In light of the proposed panhandling ordinance, he shares his experiences with panhandlers and enforcing campus rules.


11th Annual Mayors' Grand River Cleanup

Submitted 08-05-2014 under NONPROFITS

The 11th Annual Mayors' Grand River Cleanup Is Set For September 20th


Mayor adresses sharing economy, elections live on City Connection

Submitted 08-04-2014 under NONPROFITS

Mayor Heartwell will answer questions about upcoming ballot proposals in Tuesday's primary elections, answer a question from Rapidian intern Ashley Borres about sharing economy and Uber, and more- live Monday at 5 p.m.


Guiding Light director: Proposed panhandling ordinance a mistake

Submitted 08-04-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Stuart Ray is the executive director at Guiding Light Mission. He says the proposed panhandling ordinance in Grand Rapids does not address the current issues, and he offers alternative solutions.


Story Matters: Deb Havens sees politics as "resource choices"

Submitted 07-30-2014 under NONPROFITS

Deb Havens, running for State Senate District 28, wants people to believe once again that they can make a difference through political involvement.


Senior Artie Smith grateful for good food, good friends

Submitted 07-25-2014 under NONPROFITS

Feeding America West Michigan and the Grand Rapids Housing Commission work together to feed seniors.


Story Matters: Black Hills resident Kapriona Smith compares Grand Rapids to Detroit

Submitted 07-23-2014 under NONPROFITS

Kapriona Smith just moved to Grand Rapids this spring, and says the economy alone makes it a great place to live. She talks about what it's like to live in her current neighborhood of Black Hills.