The Rapidian

Economics

How Kids' Food Basket is fighting hunger in West Michigan

by (KidsFoodBasket)

Submitted 08-10-2016 under NONPROFITS

Kids’ Food Basket has been providing nutritious evening meals to children in Grand Rapids for almost 15 years. In the last four years, they’ve expanded to serving children in Muskegon and Holland as well, and currently serving more than...

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New jobs fair connecting the Black community to growing environmental industry

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 03-10-2016 under NEWS

The Think Green Jobs Fair is a free event designed to connect communities of color with education and jobs in Michigan's growing environmental market. Organized by Alvin Hills IV and Jonathan Jelks, local community organizers and entreprenurs,...

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Community Challenge aims to promote economic equity and increase neighborhood business growth, sustainability

by (jamiel_robinson)

Submitted 09-29-2015 under OPINION

Earlier this year Grand Rapids was listed in a Forbes article as 51st out of 52 as worst places economically for African Americans. One of the indicators used was self-employed (Business ownership) coupled with data from economist Manuel Pastor...

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Who pays the cost: Cycles of disinvestment, economic exclusion, gentrification, redlining still plague Grand Rapids

by (jamiel_robinson)

Submitted 05-26-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

It is a sign of a thriving city to see regular reinvestment and renewal in residential and business districts. New construction and rehabilitation of existing buildings and neighborhoods can be effective in meeting changing demands of both residents...

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The Acton Institute announces busy slate of events

by (CaitHn)

Submitted 11-19-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Since moving into its new downtown building last year, the Acton Institute has developed a broad community enrichment program for local residents - with a little bit of something for everyone. The focal point for the diverse public offerings on...

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Story Matters: Renata Horvath applies GVSU learning in urban design to work at DGRI

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 02-17-2014 under NONPROFITS

We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. STORY MATTERS. is a story collecting project from The Rapidian and GRTV. The Rapidian's...

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Calvin College offers free lunchtime presentations throughout January

by (erictank)

Submitted 01-14-2014 under NEWS

This year's free January Series of lectures at Calvin College runs from January 8-28. The next noon lecture at Calvin College will be held today at 12:30 p.m. presented by Nicole Baker Fulgham. She will be discussing the topic of education...

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Local manufacturing workers react to Austin Bunn's "RUST"

by (Jeremy Moore)

Submitted 10-04-2011 under OPINION

"It was a good run," said Marty Green, former employee of the General Motors Metal Fabrication plant in Wyoming, Mich. Marty sums up much of the sentiment radiating from "RUST." Namely, that the era of Michigan-as-titan-of-industry—of sweaty, hard-...

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Former manufacturing employees shake off the "RUST"

by (Jeremy Moore)

Submitted 09-26-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Marty Green started his manufacturing career at the General Motors Metal Fabrication plant on 36th Street in Wyoming in 1985. Although he experienced some bumps along the way by way of short-lived layoffs, he still enjoyed his time at GM. ...

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Radical Journalist John Ross Speaks in Grand Rapids

by (nickmanes)

Submitted 03-25-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Radical journalist, poet, and activist John Ross spoke at Trinity Church on Lake Drive on Wednesday night. Mr Ross was born in the U.S. but has lived in Mexico City since 1985. He has written extensively about immigration reform, both the Mexican...

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