The Rapidian


A look back at Festival of the Arts' first 50 years

Submitted 06-05-2019 under NEWS

Festival of the Arts, Grand Rapids' signature celebration of arts and culture, celebrates its 50th year of free fun for the entire family.


City Connection - Mayor and Becky Jo Glover from city Office of Customer Service discuss 311, city website, outreach efforts

Submitted 06-03-2019 under NEWS

This month, Mayor Bliss is joined by Becky Jo Glover from the Office of Customer Service and Innovation at the city. She’ll be discussing the cities’ 311 service, the city website, and other upcoming projects to help citizens better connect with their city government.


Sierra Club's "Growing Green" movement hosts 2nd annual Organic Lawn Workshop

Submitted 05-14-2019 under NEWS

Growing Green, a grassroots movement of the Sierra Club, hosts organic lawn care event, facilitated by Steve Veldheer, owner of Good Sweet Earth.


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


Westside Outside promises to continue the legacy of the Annual Westside Cleanup

Submitted 04-09-2019 under NEWS

The Westside Outside is open to the public, it’s not too late to register to ensure a smooth check-in process the morning of.


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.


Ottawa Hills: From Pig Farm to Thriving Neighborhood

Submitted 03-28-2019 under NEWS

In the early 1900s, the 160-acre pig farm owned by Nelson Higbee was purchased and developed into a 9 hole golf course. Over the next 20 years, the golf course changed hands several times, ultimately to become Ottawa Hills.


City Connection - Transit Issues with Andrew Johnson

Submitted 03-04-2019 under NEWS

Andrew Johnson, CEO of the The Rapid, joins Mayor Bliss to discuss transit issues in the greater Grand Rapids community


Local school leaders say MSU study shows need for state funding reform

Submitted 02-14-2019 under NEWS

Local leaders say newly released study from MSU shows the long overdue need for better and more equitable school funding.