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Mayor Bliss to outline opportunities at first State of the City Address next Tuesday

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 01-28-2016 under NONPROFITS

On Tuesday, February 2, our new mayor Rosalynn Bliss will present her first State of the City address at the Harris Building (111 South Division Ave). The address, for the first time in Grand Rapids history, will be streamed live at www....

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Environmental concerns reflective of racial inequity

by (prfcgr)

Submitted 01-25-2016 under NONPROFITS

Water is a natural resource that, in the developed world, we often take for granted. On a daily basis, most people in the United States do not question whether or not their drinking water is safe. In Grand Rapids, most people don’t think about...

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State of the State: Public Act 4 Must Go

by (balexander)

Submitted 01-24-2016 under OPINION

I’m parched – but it’s not because I’m living in a place like Flint where I must pay for polluted water while also purchasing clean water for consumption – it’s because I read the Governor’s State of the...

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Politics & Pints event to connect public to local politicians over beer

by (alexandersinn)

Submitted 11-17-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its final Politics and Pints event of 2015 on Nov. 23 at Founders Brewery. Anyone can register to drink beer and chat with local businesspeople, community members and local...

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GRPS Director of Communications explains major bond proposal up for vote on Tuesday, November 3

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 10-27-2015 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) bond proposal is up for a vote on November 3, 2015. The $175 million dollar bond proposal would add 2.1 mills to property tax bills, an annual cost of $103.50 for the owner of a $100,000 house, according...

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Citizens needed to fill City of Grand Rapids boards and commissions

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 09-01-2015 under NEWS

The City of Grand Rapids is looking for volunteers to help them fill roles in a total of 40 citizen boards and commissions. City officials are specifically looking to increase the diversity in those boards and commissions, and encourage women...

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Where are the votes?

by (TSzakal)

Submitted 07-28-2015 under NEWS

Grand Rapids has over 130,000 registered voters, but the actual act of voting rarely peaks over 80,000 participants within the city limits. Least likely among those participants at the polls are young people and people of color. When asked, the...

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Mayoral candidates answer citizen questions on their role as mayor, representing young voices, City finances

by (Holly)

Submitted 07-28-2015 under NEWS

With just one week left until the Primary elections, with four mayoral candidates on the ballot and the possibility of our next mayor being chosen that day, we’re bringing more questions from our local citizens that were sent to us on July 15...

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Mayoral Candidate Spotlight:John George

by (Jhodges)

Submitted 07-27-2015 under NEWS

John George considers himself an average citizen, outside of the normal political groups that dominate our city. An electrical engineer by trade, John George decided to run for mayor because of one issue, fluoride in drinking water. While Grand...

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Voting 101: Understanding differences between wards, precincts, quadrants, neighborhoods

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 07-07-2015 under NEWS

Grand Rapids has wards, precincts, neighborhoods and quadrants. This can be sometimes be confusing. Understanding what wards and precincts are, and how they differentiate from neighborhoods and quadrants, is important for local elections. Wards are...

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