Fluresh hosting 4/20 drive-thru event

Fluresh is celebrating 4/20 with a drive-thru event from Saturday through Tuesday at the company’s provisioning center.

Wine grapes growing in popularity throughout state

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council released its 2020 Michigan Grape and Hop Inventory report in March, and it revealed the wine grape inventory in Michigan increased by 325 acres.

Schools look to build a diverse teaching workforce

School districts in the region are looking to the future by exposing their students to a familiar profession.

MEDC launches programs to strengthen state’s workforce

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation recently committed $9 million to programs that it said will address short- and long-term workforce needs in the state.

New leader refines The Right Place game plan

As The Right Place moves through the second year of its three-year strategic plan, the new guy at the helm has some terminology changes he believes will help more effectively describe its plans.Randy Thelen,...

Transformando spring cohort shares lessons

After taking a break during the craziness that was 2020, Transformando West Michigan returned this year with a new round of classes for its participants.

Cost of housing far outpaces rise in wages

While workers in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming metro area have seen their wages grow by 5.2% over the past six years, the area’s average sale price for a single-family home has increased 64.5% during the same period.

City’s equity plan moves forward

Nearly a year since his appointment as Grand Rapids’ economic development director, Jeremiah Gracia reported his office has made great strides in leading the city’s equitable economic development plan, adopted in January 2020, including a commitment from two developers to invest more than $1 million in minority contractors.

Fielding a directable sales force

Not long ago I was speaking at a national sales meeting for a large regional distributor.

State needs economy that benefits all

The Michigan Association of United Ways recently reported that in Michigan's strong pre-pandemic (2019) economy, 38% of the state’s households were unable to pay for basic necessities.









Perrigo breaks ground on North American HQ on Medical Mile

Perrigo broke ground on its new North American headquarters in downtown Grand Rapids on Wednesday.

Tulip Time Festival unveils new, returning events

The annual Tulip Time Festival, scheduled for May 1-9 in Holland, will return this year with new and recurring events that are in compliance with the updated Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 guidelines.

Kent County waives 2021 foodservice licensing fees

The Kent County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to waive the 2021 foodservice licensing fee for all existing food establishments in Kent County due to the significant hardship food establishments have experienced with closures and capacity limitations related to COVID‐19.

The B.O.B. to reopen some venues with limited hours next week

The B.O.B. is planning to reopen some of its restaurants and entertainment hotspots next week for indoor dining and live entertainment.