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Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses move conversation to action at #TheShift Summit

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-08-2016 under NEWS

Are you ready to make #TheShift? Jamiel Robinson wants to know. Robinson, founder of Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB), is organizing #TheShift Summit, taking place Friday, November 18 at the Seidman College of Business on GVSU’s...

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Forty years later, celebrated Grand Rapids sculpture returns to public view downtown

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 06-28-2016 under NONPROFITS

A seminal work of public art is back home in downtown Grand Rapids. Alhough "Split Ring" by contemporary sculptor Clement Meadmore never really left. A landmark exhibition of outdoor public art called "Sculpture Off the Pedestal...

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Mayor Bliss will be joined by Economic Development Director for latest City Connection appearance

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 05-02-2016 under NEWS

Join us today, Monday, May 5th at 5 p.m. on LiveWire, Comcast Cable 24, for Mayor Rosalynn Bliss' fourth episode of the City Connection. The mayor will be joined by Kara Wood, Economic Development Director, City of Grand Rapids to discuss...

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Preventing displacement in Heartside

by (Dwelling Place)

Submitted 01-11-2016 under NONPROFITS

On December 29, an article entitled “Local urban sociology professor explains concerns about Heartside, gentrification” appeared in The Rapidian that requires a response. The article suggests that development in the Heartside...

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The Right Place's economic outlook for West Michigan

by (sassaria)

Submitted 02-12-2015 under OPINION

On December 16, The Right Place held its Economic Outlook for West Michigan conference at the JW Marriott downtown. The first one was held 18 years ago, and had an attendance of 25. This year, there were 450 people in attendance, from all over the...

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Taking a serious look at the future of the Black community in GR

by (LINC News Bureau)

Submitted 10-25-2013 under NONPROFITS

When weighing the balance of history and the present, there's only one question that really matters: What will the future look like? "Empower Michigan", an initiative spearheaded by activists Jonathan Jelks, LINC Community Liaison...

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616 Lofts fosters community in downtown Grand Rapids

by (Renato)

Submitted 01-25-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Derek J. Coppess created 616 Lofts in 2009 with the intention to build a vibrant residential community in downtown Grand Rapids. Judging by the recent success of such projects as the 616 Lofts above Grand Rapids Brewing Company at 1 Ionia Ave and...

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A Tale of Two Cities: Keys to economic sustainability in Grand Rapids

by (BHazekamp)

Submitted 05-17-2012 under OPINION

By: Nate Bell, Ben Hazekamp, Michael Phua, Ryan VanderPloeg Grand Rapids is a gem in Western Michigan, but it currently runs the risk of losing its luster. As the city has struggled to regain its footing after being rocked by the national recession...

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Beyond the poll: join the "shop local" conversation

by (LCirivello)

Submitted 10-11-2011 under OPINION

Normally the weekly Rapidian poll is designed to stand on its own: created for fun, to offer an idea for quiet consideration, or to encourage brief exchanges between fellow Rapidians. This time though, I want to personally encourage everyone to use...

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New Entrepreneurs: The Key to our Future

by (LCirivello)

Submitted 11-03-2009 under OPINION

Everybody I know is tightening their belt right now. Many have lost jobs ,and others worry about the possibility. I see less impulse spending and more talk of home cooking and low-cost entertainment.   But while there is plenty of uncertainty...

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