The Rapidian


"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.


Grand Rapids residents celebrate third annual Women's March

Submitted 01-24-2019 under NEWS

Despite the cold weather, hundreds of women marched through the snow to celebrate the third annual Women's March a Calder Plaza.


Grand Rapids Art Museum and Children's Museum Waive Admission Costs for Furloughed Federal Employees

Submitted 01-24-2019 under NONPROFITS

Effective today, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) and Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (GRCM) will join a growing list of institutions across the nation in offering free admission for furloughed federal employees and their families during the U.S. government shutdown.


City Connection - The First Ward with City Commissioner Kurt Reppart

Submitted 01-07-2019 under NONPROFITS

Mayor Bliss is joined in the studio by Kurt Reppart, the City Commissioner from the First Ward of Grand Rapids, to discuss the issues facing the ward in the new year and more on the January 2019 episode of City Connection.


Great Decisions Series attempts to raise community's Global IQ

Submitted 12-21-2018 under NONPROFITS

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan presents the annual "Great Decisions" eight-week series on global issues, international relations and foreign policy.