Street Talk: West Michigan: lower unemployment, higher growth

The growing number of consumers in China is a good thing for manufacturing centers like West Michigan, according to Brad Haverkamp.“Among our clients, the...

Street Talk: Underutilized? You are not alone

A local staffing firm polled readers on its blog and found almost half feel their skills are “underutilized” at work.Express Employment Professionals’ Refresh Leadership,...

Street Talk: The happy and scary of government finances

Kent County Administrator/Controller Daryl Delabbio is recommending a 2015 budget for both operating and capital needs that calls for a total expenditure of $363.9...

Street Talk: Keeping an eye on the downtown sky

It wasn’t that long ago when construction cranes were dotting the downtown skyline.With at least a dozen residential real estate projects underway or on...

Street Talk: These eight are the real MCOYs

What it really comes down to is this: Who plays nice in the sandbox?The American Subcontractors Association of Michigan is hoping to find out...

Street Talk: The DIY spirit

A former city of Wyoming dump truck has found new life as a crash attenuator vehicle for the Public Safety Department’s fire division. The...

Street Talk: City funds Latino leaders

Initiatives that address issues of economic disparity, workforce development, civic engagement and leadership development in the Latino community are getting a boost from the...

Street Talk: Tariffs offset tax gains

West Michigan’s two largest furniture manufacturers are keeping an eye on the impact of steel tariffs on their bottom line.Jim Keane, president and CEO...

Street Talk: The iceman cometh

Turns out very few people are studying hockey in United States, but a Calvin College professor aims to change that.Bruce Berglund, a history professor...

Street Talk: Comic relief in these places and faces

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, is the subject of a new comic book published by Bluewater Productions, a company that specializes in comic books,...

Street Talk: Lake Winds generating, but how much is hush-hush?

West Michigan’s first commercial wind farm, the Lake Winds Energy Park built this year near Ludington by Consumers Energy, officially went on line Thanksgiving...

Street Talk: Old Federal Building is good as Gold

To hear Ferris State University President David Eisler tell it, the old Federal Building, which now houses Kendall College of Art and Design’s downtown...

Street Talk: DeVoses toast new venture

The DeVos family officially owns a West Michigan hard cider company.The Business Journal reported in January that RC Investors, made up of Dick DeVos,...

Street Talk: Their crowning achievements

With all the talk recently centered on the disconnect between the training workers have and the skills employers need, it’s nice to see some...

Street Talk: Downtown Market trending upward

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market reported 2017 vendor sales of $14 million, which the market said is about a 14 percent increase over 2016...

Street Talk: Izzo’s performance is par for the course

Golf outing! Those are celebrated words in West Michigan, and it was especially evident as a couple of hundred Michigan State University alumni and...

Street Talk: Asleep at the wheel

A study involving traffic stop tendencies of Grand Rapids officers has revealed black motorists are twice as likely as non-black drivers to be stopped...

Street Talk: Local idea gets national exposure

Delegates from Michigan Farm Bureau were successful in their efforts to advance several Michigan policy recommendations during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual...

Street Talk: B Corps drive urban farming

Urban farming nonprofit Urban Roots will be able to meet more students where they are thanks to a $5,000 gift from five Grand Rapids...

Street Talk: Benteler Automotive closing Hall Street plant early next year

Benteler Automotive is announcing plans to close its manufacturing plant located at 320 Hall Street in Grand Rapids. Current plans are for the facility...

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