Airport starting 2016 on a high note

2015 was a record-breaker for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, which saw its passenger numbers grow beyond 2014 a month before the year...

Grand Rapidians can expect a changing landscape

The city of Grand Rapids is “ringing in the New Year” with a transition of leadership, as Rosalynn Bliss assumes the mayoral role Jan....

New Year brings familiar challenges for economic development

Economic development organizations such as Grand Rapids-based The Right Place Inc. and Zeeland-based Lakeshore Advantage seek to drive economic prosperity in the West Michigan...

Maker of medical models sees many opportunities for growth

While 2009 was an awful year for many West Michigan businesses, Jim TenBrink and Joel Zylstra saw it as their window of opportunity for...

Training program readies workers for manufacturing careers

“Without tool-and-die makers and machinists to build things, our country is going to be in trouble,” said Rob Willsea, recruiting and sales manager for...

Auto suppliers are enjoying an industry-wide resurgence

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Since the Great Recession, the auto industry has been on an upswing, a positive change that’s been more...

Arrival of Uber means fewer cabs, cab drivers

LANSING — Uber may be a household name, but the entrepreneurial ridesharing company reached Michigan only two years ago, tacking Detroit and Ann Arbor...

State will test more high-speed rails

LANSING — Part of Michigan’s passenger rail service goes 110 miles an hour — but not all of it.Next year the state will test...

State updating 20-year transportation plan

The long-range transportation plan for Michigan is ready for public opinion.As required by federal law, the Michigan Department of Transportation is requesting public feedback...

Michigan lags in charging stations for electric vehicles

LANSING — Michigan has only 2 percent of the nation’s public charging stations for electric vehicles. Lansing has the most — 27 — followed...

Video system maker for vehicles zooms in on growth

A local company that equips police cruisers, transit buses and commercial and industrial vehicles across the globe with mobile camera systems is gearing up...

Winter wheels

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Michigan is about to experience what “Game of Thrones” has warned about over and over again: Winter is...

Changing preferences challenge transportation agencies

LANSING — Increased fuel efficiency, an insufficient gas tax and younger generations’ disinterest in owning cars have created a complicated combination of financial concerns...

Environmental factors in play

The positive economic climate and low interest rates are causing properties to change hands and be developed at a fast rate, and local environmental...

Tallest Heritage Hill building returns to its mixed-use roots

Chip Bowling is really excited about the Oakwood Manor renovation project.The president of commercial real estate consultants X Ventures said it’s the most excited...

Extra planning commission step creates better project

Orion Real Estate Development’s proposed River’s Edge development took a little extra time to get approval from the Grand Rapids Planning Commission.The mixed-use apartment...

Home builders group tries to rebuild its brand — and membership

At its height more than 10 years ago, the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids had more than 1,300 members.During the Great Recession,...

Tradition, science ally to combat emerald ash borer

LANSING — What can happen when scientific research and traditional Native American cultural practices combine to combat an environmental threat?When the topic is the...

Medical marijuana law may receive upgrades

A series of three bills that passed through the Michigan House and are now expected to be taken up by the Senate would enhance...

Copyright infringement cases take a personal turn

Chris Baldwin, the University of Michigan sophomore whose utter shock and bewilderment was broadcast across the country repeatedly following Michigan State University’s defeat of...

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