City of Grand Rapids

Mayor Heartwell's 10th State of City Address focuses on youth and sustainability

by (Carol Shirey)

Submitted 01-31-2013 under NEWS

Mayor George Heartwell's 10th State of the City address outlined past successes, current activities and future plans for the second largest city in Michigan. Over 400 people joined the mayor and other dignitaries for breakfast at DeVos Place on...

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Mayor answers citizen concerns on Monday night's City Connection

by (Holly)

Submitted 11-05-2012 under NEWS

On November 5, Mayor Heartwell answered questions from local citizens in his monthly call-in show on GRTV (and streamed live here on The Rapidian!) "City Connection."  Heartwell answered questions such as how to avoid parking tickets, the...

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City, schools join forces to inform local citizens with We Are GR initiative

by (Holly)

Submitted 08-02-2012 under NEWS

This week, the City of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) revealed their most recent collaboration, We Are GR. We are GR is a triannual publication, augmented by a website, Facebook page and Twitter account, that aims to provide...

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Youth Policy Summit on Great Lakes Water Resources held at Aquinas College

by (Allison Arnold)

Submitted 07-25-2012 under NEWS

This week, running July 22-28, the Keystone Center is hosting a Youth Policy Summit on Great Lakes Water Resources at Aquinas College. The program was offered to high school students from all over the country who are interested in learning the...

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Residents upset over fireworks may see relief

by (jon_dunn)

Submitted 06-19-2012 under NEWS

According to the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD), since the state passed the new fireworks law they've been receiving 40 to 50 calls a day from annoyed residents. Confusion over the new law left the police department unsure of what they...

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The City of Grand Rapids hopes to get social with you

by (jon_dunn)

Submitted 05-23-2012 under NEWS

The City of Grand Rapids is in the midst of a transformation. With five years worth of a temporary tax hike totaling $32 million dollars, they're hoping to overhaul the city's business plan top to bottom. They say a more fiscally responsible...

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New curbside refuse collection service begins this summer

by (Julie Davidson-...)

Submitted 03-02-2012 under NEWS

Beginning July 1st, the city will offer curbside refuse collection services using a micro-chipped 'smart cart' and a pay-as-you-throw system. A customer will be charged only when their City-provided cart is emptied at the curb. Residents...

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Quality of LIFE board game created by planning department

by (Chelsea)

Submitted 02-06-2012 under OPINION

The Grand Rapids Planning Department is hoping to spark some community conversation about what needs to be done to improve the Michigan Street Corridor. Instead of just holding meetings and forums, the planning department is trying something new:...

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Grand Rapids parking goes electric

by (Scott Kaplan)

Submitted 01-31-2012 under NEWS

A group of middle school students from Grand Rapids Public School’s Center for Economicology crowded around Mayor George Heartwell last Tuesday to hear him announce five new Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) charging stations that will soon be...

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Can we keep buying local in the winter?

by (eschroeder)

Submitted 01-31-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

There are arguments for and against buying local produce, but whether or not you are an advocate, there is something deliciously visceral about a weekend farmers market. In the summer there are sights, smells and an infectious bustle that cannot...

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