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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?