Planning for Successful Fundraising

by (johnsoncenter)

Submitted 10-31-2016 under

Do you feel your organization approaches fundraising haphazardly? This workshop led by Tamela Spicer puts a laser focus on proper planning for a successful fundraising program. It offers an overview of how and why planning is important to successful...

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Gentrification or revitalization: Which is it?

by (Andrew Sisson)

Submitted 06-28-2016 under OPINION

“Let’s be clear what we are seeing on the Westside is revitalization, not gentrification." This is how I was corrected by a fellow participant in a roundtable to inform the City of Grand Rapid’s Residential Market Analysis in...

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids names Chief Development Officer

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 03-17-2016 under NONPROFITS

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids has added a new key member of its senior management staff. The organization recently announced that Nikki Outhier will serve as Chief Development Officer.  In her new role, Outhier will provide vision,...

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Baxter, Madison neighbors urged to speak up about local developer's plans


Submitted 03-15-2016 under NONPROFITS

Last week the Greater Grand Rapids Racial Equity Network (GGRREN) was made aware of plans by Rockford Construction to develop specific areas around Eastern Avenue and Cottage Grove Street, in southeast Grand Rapids. As a network of individuals and...

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Data reveals need for creative solutions as Eastown rent, home ownership costs rise

by (Eastown Communi...)

Submitted 01-26-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Because of the collaboration between residents, the City of Grand Rapids and the Eastown Community Association (ECA), our community has become an attractive place to live. This attraction is demonstrated through our higher home...

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Local urban sociology professor explains concerns about Heartside, gentrification

by (alreyno)

Submitted 12-29-2015 under OPINION

Anyone who spends time in downtown Grand Rapids can see obvious signs of economic resurgence, especially in the area around Monroe Center. However, looking south from Fulton Street toward the Heartside Neighborhood, the economic picture is more...

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Just out of reach: Housing prices climb on Grand Rapids' Westside

by (Andrew Sisson)

Submitted 12-08-2015 under OPINION

Nestled in Grand Rapids' lower Westside neighborhood of John Ball Park lies a nearly 13-acre haven, a reprieve for people like myself who had not previously thought of living in the city, let alone falling in love with it and wanting to raise my...

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Affordable housing workshop to tackle development issues in Grand Rapids

by (Anonymous)

Submitted 11-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

In March 2015, the City hosted its first annual Strong Neighborhoods, Strong Cities Neighborhood Summit. Over 350 community leaders, organizers and citizens gathered to join in the conversation about how to strengthen Grand Rapids neighborhoods. At...

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Building equity, opportunity in greater Grand Rapids

by (DowntownGR)

Submitted 11-10-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Signs of renaissance abound in the City of Grand Rapids. Cranes and construction dominate the urban heart of downtown. The city is on track to recover all of its pre-recession population and now claims one of the nation’s strongest real estate...

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East Hill resident seeks to increase female presence in bike culture

by (NGarbaty)

Submitted 09-01-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

To Johannah Jelks, women and biking should go hand in hand. The union of the two comprises the driving force behind her campaign, She Rides Her Own Way, which will culminate in a new hub on the web for bike advocacy and retail. The site is due for...

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