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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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You can support ACT by drinking a work of art at ArtPrize Seven

by (Artists Creatin...)

Submitted 09-22-2015 under NONPROFITS

B.O.B.’s Brewery in Grand Rapids and Atwater Brewery in Detroit have partnered to create Michigunder, a collaborative beer and official ArtPrize 2015 entry. $1 of every pint of Michigunder and 100% of all Michigander merchandise sold during...

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Why we need a Feminist Film Festival

by (lydiavanhoven)

Submitted 09-08-2015 under OPINION

In the top 100 highest grossing films of 2014, women represented a total of 30% of all speaking characters, often as a wife or mother. When we break down the numbers by race and gender, the statistics are even more bleak. Out of that small 30%, only...

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Everyone wins: Tearing down barriers to economic success in Grand Rapids

by (jamiel_robinson)

Submitted 05-07-2015 under OPINION

Can everyone win socioeconomically in Grand Rapids? If we were to base our answers off of the current data the answer would unequivocally be NO! Grand Rapids currently ranks 51 out of 52 as worst cities economically for Blacks. Nearly 45% of Black...

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Seeing red

by (TSzakal)

Submitted 12-02-2014 under NEWS

The United States has a race issue. Rapidians who feel the racial tension is limited to Ferguson, Missouri need look no further than the recent Urban Institute report that named Grand Rapids the Most Racially Uneven Housing Market Recovery in the...

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Fork Fest Dishes Up Fall Flavors

by (TSzakal)

Submitted 10-31-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

The 4th Annual Fork Fest extravaganza took place recently on Grand Rapids’ northeast side. It was orchestrated by Local First and hosted by Romence Gardens, highlighting over 40 local farms, vendors and restaurants. The event...

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ArtPrize Off the Beaten Path: MoDiv

by (TSzakal)

Submitted 10-08-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

MoDiv is an inviting set of local shops at the corner of Monroe Center and Division.  It is a popular area, but the ArtPrize spotlight typically shines brighter at the other end of the street with high profile venues such as The GRAM...

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ArtPrize Off The Beaten Path: Western Michigan University

by (TSzakal)

Submitted 10-04-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Western Michigan University (WMU) boasts an impressive collection of Fine Arts valued around $3.5 Million ranging from paintings to drawings to textiles. WMU’s main campus is located in Kalamazoo with their downtown Grand Rapids extension...

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Job well done: LINC celebrates emerging leadership

by (LINC UP)

Submitted 03-26-2014 under NONPROFITS

“So what is the impact? How do you measure it?” “How do you know you’re making a difference?” If you are a concerned citizen, a funder, a peer—really, anyone with an interest in community revitalization—...

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Community responds to lack of diversity in recent GRPD hiring

by (LINC UP)

Submitted 01-24-2014 under NONPROFITS

To the City of Grand Rapids, For the past five years our organization has been dedicated to strengthening the relationship between the Grand Rapids City Administration, several neighborhood leaders, the business community and many organizations...

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