The Rapidian


Steelcase team takes the 2019 WorldQuest championship

Submitted 05-31-2019 under NONPROFITS

Steelcase's six-person team "Steeling Gold" won the 2019 WorldQuest global trivia contest, sponsored each year by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan.


Voting in your jammies

Submitted 05-10-2019 under NEWS

With the passage of Proposal 3 last November, Michiganders now have more convenient ways to make their voices heard at the ballot box.


City Connection - Communication Strategies with Doug Matthews and Amy Snow-Buckner

Submitted 05-06-2019 under NEWS

This month, Mayor Bliss is joined by two special guests: Doug Matthews, Grand Rapids Assistant City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), and Amy Snow-Buckner, the city's Managing Director of Communications


Tired of looking fearfully in the rearview mirror, immigrants will march for Driver's Licenses for All on May 1

Submitted 04-22-2019 under NONPROFITS

On May 1st, many in the immigrant community will be marching for Another Day Without Immigrants: El Grito Por Las Licensias, or The Roar for Licenses. The march will start at 12 noon at Garfield Park and cities across Michigan will be participating in the fight for Driver's Licenses for All.


"Dear Commissioner..." 10 Steps for Writing Elected Representatives for Neighborhood Advocates

Submitted 04-04-2019 under NONPROFITS

Individual advocates have more power than many realize, especially within local government. Here are ten tips to get your voice on paper and into the mailboxes of decision-makers.


City Connection - Business Development with AJ Hills

Submitted 04-01-2019 under NEWS

AJ Hills, of Grand Rapids' Business Development department, joins Mayor Bliss to talk about the City’s Supplier Diversity program and business resources available to entrepreneurs interested in doing business with the city.


Volunteers Secure Millions in Tax Credits for Local Families

Submitted 02-21-2019 under NONPROFITS

Each year, Chris MacDonald and her fellow IRS-certified volunteers help thousands who earn $55,000 or less file for free. Here in Kent County, the service is coordinated by Heart of West Michigan United Way.


Good Local Journalism Is Essential to Good Governance

Submitted 02-14-2019 under OPINION

The decline of the local paper over the past decade is bad news for all of us.


Parking in Grand Rapids on City Connection with Commissioner Ruth Kelly & Guest Josh Naramore

Submitted 02-04-2019 under NONPROFITS

Commissioner Ruth Kelly is joined by Josh Naramore to discuss parking in downtown Grand Rapids.


Government Shutdown: Q&A with Legal Aid's Karen Tjapkes

Submitted 01-25-2019 under NONPROFITS

Tjapkes explains how the government shutdown is affecting people in Grand Rapids and where those in need can turn for help.