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New banners for Grandville business corridor

Submitted 04-28-2016 under NONPROFITS

The Grandville Avenue Business Association and Habitat Kent are installing light post banners to help showcase the neighborhood and local businesses.


Dog training business to open in Baxter neighborhood

Submitted 04-26-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Booming dog training business, A Pleasant Dog, moves to the Baxter Neighborhood this summer, June, 2016.


Racial equity, citizen empowerment focus of City's neighborhood liaison

Submitted 04-19-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Stacy Stout looks to implement ways to institutionalize equity and for residents to have more ownership in City decisions.


Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates receives $30K grant from community foundation

Submitted 04-19-2016 under NONPROFITS

Funds will be used to provide low-cost immigration legal services


Bartertown works to build community through food with new programs, livable wages

Submitted 04-12-2016 under NEWS

New ownership of the plant-based restaurant leaves tipping model, adds program for feeding those in need.


The Rapid's new ad series tells riders' stories, benefits to community

Submitted 04-12-2016 under NEWS

The Rapid is launching a new campaign that informs the Greater Grand Rapids region about the merits of public transportation through simple, powerful, consistent, and, most importantly, positive messages about the experience.


New non-profit provides scholarships to improve educational equity for trans community

Submitted 04-05-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Grand Rapids Trans Foundation, introduced to the community on March 31, 2016, will be offering scholarships to local low-income trans students to remove educational barriers.


Mayor Bliss to discuss Housing and Homelessness in monthly call in show

Submitted 04-04-2016 under NEWS

Tracie Coffman, Director of Kent County's Essential Needs Task Force, to guest.


Central District Cyclery moves to Creston neighborhood

Submitted 03-30-2016 under NEWS

Bike shop joins exciting changes happening in area centered around Plainfield Avenue, directly north of downtown Grand Rapids, with coffee bar on site.


Citizens' housing, income, equity concerns become focus of Grand Rapids' second neighborhood summit

Submitted 03-22-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City Summit brought together various community members and organizations to discuss current issues of housing, race and equity, neighborhood schools, and economic empowerment.