The Rapidian

Government & Politics

Mayor Heartwell says farewell to his role as Grand Rapids mayor

Submitted 12-29-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

After 12 years as your Mayor and eight years before that as your Third Ward City Commissioner, it is time for me to say goodbye- and to tell you how proud I have been to be your mayor.

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Trump mocks protestors at Grand Rapids rally

Submitted 12-22-2015 under NEWS

Dozens of protestors attended the sold out Donald Trump rally at the Deltaplex, chanting with signs at the entrance and getting tossed out of the venue.

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Special guests visit Mayor Heartwell's last City Connection

Submitted 12-14-2015 under NONPROFITS

A special farewell City Connection was held for Mayor Heartwell's last month as mayor of Grand Rapids. Guests include staff from DGRI, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Mayor-Elect Rosalynn Bliss.

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City Commission to vote on GR Forward plan

Submitted 12-08-2015 under NEWS

GR Forward will head to a final vote at the City Commission on Dec. 15, following months of public forums and approval from the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Grand Rapids Planning Commission.

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Celebrate service to City at retirement party for combined 60 years of service

Submitted 12-08-2015 under NEWS

Local citizens will have the chance to celebrate retiring City officials and staff at a retirement part for Mayor Heartwell, Commissioners Elias Lumpkins and Walt Gutowski and Secretary to the Mayor Jane Bush, on December 16.

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County budget balanced with boost from rising property values

Submitted 12-03-2015 under NEWS

An increase in property value in Kent County helped the commission pass a balanced budget on Nov. 19 and eliminated the need to cut any services.

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Affordable housing workshop to tackle development issues in Grand Rapids

Submitted 11-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

One of the workshops at the Neighborhood Summit next March will seek community input on housing policies, in an effort to create more choices and less disparity.

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Politics & Pints event to connect public to local politicians over beer

Submitted 11-17-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Politics and Pints offers an opportunity for community members to chat and have a beer with local politicians. The event will be held on Nov. 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Founders Brewery.

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Democrat David LaGrand vies for Michigan House seat

Submitted 11-16-2015 under NEWS

David LaGrand hopes to win to a Michigan House seat on his commitment to criminal justice reform, equitable housing and alternative energy. The Democrat will face Republican Blake Edmonds in the March 8, 2016 general election.

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The Healthy Homes Coalition works to keep children's housing safe

Submitted 11-13-2015 under NONPROFITS

As Grand Rapids continues to grow, how do we make sure there is enough healthy, affordable housing for families?

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