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Special guests visit Mayor Heartwell's last City Connection

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A special farewell City Connection was held for Mayor Heartwell's last month as mayor of Grand Rapids. Guests include staff from DGRI, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Mayor-Elect Rosalynn Bliss.

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After serving as Grand Rapids' mayor, and thus appearing on GRTV's City Connection, for eight years, this Monday's episode was the last for Mayor George Heartwell.

On Monday, December 14, at 5:00 p.m., a very special episode of City Connection was aired live on GRTV's LiveWire Channel 24 and live-streaming on The Rapidian. Special guests from Downtown GR Inc., the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and others, including Mayor-Elect Rosalynn Bliss, appeared during the show. 

The mayor discussed transitions as he leaves office, the To College Through College program and recent climate talks in Paris that Mayor Heartwell attended.

Every month on the first Monday, the city's mayor is open to all questions sent in during his live on-air show "City Connection." Questions are taken by calling in, emailingtweeting or just posting a question in the comments section at the bottom of the article page.

Upon taking office in January, Mayor-Elect Rosalynn Bliss will be taking over the show.


For 18 years, the mayors of Grand Rapids have hosted City Connection, a monthly, live call-in show on GRTV’s Livewire, Comcast channel 24.  Mayor John Logie started the program in 1992 as a way to share mayoral perspective with Grand Rapidians and to bring a little more transparency to local government. City Connection is an opportunity to interact directly with one of our city’s top elected officials.

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