economic development

Introducing SoDiv, a New Brand for the Heartside South Division Business Corridor

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 04-27-2021 under NONPROFITS

 “People love to know what is new, what is hip, what is coming... this is our corridor and our neighborhood,” says Renise Warners, owner of Basic Bee Boutique, a business located along the South Division commercial corridor in...

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Passing the Mic: Heartside Downtown Neighborhood Association answers, "How are you preserving your neighborhood's unique history and stories?"

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 11-30-2020 under VOICES

Amy Brower, Executive Director of Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association, asks Grand Rapids' neighborhood associations: "In the midst of all this fast moving change and planning for the future, how are they . . . still preserving some of...

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Passing the Mic: Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association answers, "How can neighborhood associations help improve community-police relations?"

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 10-16-2020 under VOICES

Annette Vandenberg, Executive Director at West Grand Neighborhood Organization, asks Grand Rapids' neighborhood associations: "The one thing that we're working on right now is how we as neighborhood associations can be the bridge to...

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Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses move conversation to action at #TheShift Summit

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-08-2016 under NEWS

Are you ready to make #TheShift? Jamiel Robinson wants to know. Robinson, founder of Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB), is organizing #TheShift Summit, taking place Friday, November 18 at the Seidman College of Business on GVSU’s...

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Forty years later, celebrated Grand Rapids sculpture returns to public view downtown

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 06-28-2016 under NONPROFITS

A seminal work of public art is back home in downtown Grand Rapids. Alhough "Split Ring" by contemporary sculptor Clement Meadmore never really left. A landmark exhibition of outdoor public art called "Sculpture Off the Pedestal...

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Mayor Bliss will be joined by Economic Development Director for latest City Connection appearance

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 05-02-2016 under NEWS

Join us today, Monday, May 5th at 5 p.m. on LiveWire, Comcast Cable 24, for Mayor Rosalynn Bliss' fourth episode of the City Connection. The mayor will be joined by Kara Wood, Economic Development Director, City of Grand Rapids to discuss...

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Preventing displacement in Heartside

by (Dwelling Place)

Submitted 01-11-2016 under NONPROFITS

On December 29, an article entitled “Local urban sociology professor explains concerns about Heartside, gentrification” appeared in The Rapidian that requires a response. The article suggests that development in the Heartside...

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The Right Place's economic outlook for West Michigan

by (sassaria)

Submitted 02-12-2015 under OPINION

On December 16, The Right Place held its Economic Outlook for West Michigan conference at the JW Marriott downtown. The first one was held 18 years ago, and had an attendance of 25. This year, there were 450 people in attendance, from all over the...

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Taking a serious look at the future of the Black community in GR

by (LINC News Bureau)

Submitted 10-25-2013 under NONPROFITS

When weighing the balance of history and the present, there's only one question that really matters: What will the future look like? "Empower Michigan", an initiative spearheaded by activists Jonathan Jelks, LINC Community Liaison...

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616 Lofts fosters community in downtown Grand Rapids

by (Renato)

Submitted 01-25-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Derek J. Coppess created 616 Lofts in 2009 with the intention to build a vibrant residential community in downtown Grand Rapids. Judging by the recent success of such projects as the 616 Lofts above Grand Rapids Brewing Company at 1 Ionia Ave and...

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