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...

Street Talk: Reaching critical mass

Downtown parking is certainly on the minds of many people in Grand Rapids, and everyone wants to talk about it.Even Andy Lofgren, the executive...

Street Talk: For construction, it’s all about the ethics

A few weeks ago, the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan celebrated general contractors from throughout the West Michigan region. Prior to its annual event,...

Street Talk: GR rates as LGBTQ all-star

A national report released last week lists six Michigan cities, including Grand Rapids, as examples of leading the way on LGBTQ inclusion.At a time...

Street Talk: Water, water everywhere — and lots of sandbags, too

Last week’s unprecedented 1,500-volunteer sandbag effort in support of the city of Grand Rapids’ Environmental Services Department was essentially organized over the course of...

Street Talk: Agents of change

Leaders along the lakeshore are driving change in Muskegon.The business community gathered earlier this month to celebrate eight community leaders and initiatives that were...

Street Talk: Going to the dogs

Grand Rapids has no shortage of dog owners, but the city’s parks master plan revealed there weren’t a lot of good places for everyone’s...

Street Talk: Enough with the beer

Here’s a point to ponder: Did the citizens of Grand Rapids in the 1940s and ’50s ever get sick of the Furniture City moniker?Michael...

Street Talk: Employers may be feeling March sadness

A new report says the NCAA March Madness tournament could cost employers $13.3 billion this year in lost productivity.Chicago-based global outplacement and executive coaching...

Street Talk: A view of Grand Rapids from above

Grand Rapids’ reputation is reaching new heights.This month’s digital edition of Delta Airlines’ traveler magazine, Sky, contains a lengthy feature on “Beer City USA”...

Street Talk: Keeping a promise

When the Muskegon Area Promise Zone Authority received approval from the Michigan Department of Treasury last fall to move forward with its development plan,...

Street Talk: Reading the economic tea leaves

Consumer confidence in Michigan is approaching record levels, begging the question: Has the state’s economy recovered?Yes — and no, said Charles Ballard, Michigan State...

Street Talk: A few tips for this week’s ‘spring ahead’ sleepyheads

With all the snow and cold out there and the winter dragging on and on, it’s not easy to feel springy enough to “spring...

Street Talk: Tech takes seat at board table

While recruiting CEOs remains a priority for public company boards, there are a handful of skill sets gaining prominence in the boardroom thanks to...

Street Talk: Start Garden’s fresh start

Start Garden has spun itself off.The entrepreneurial ecosystem has spun off its venture capital fund into Wakestream Ventures, a private entity that will continue...

Street Talk: Is this a transit town? Let’s hear the stories

Much has been made about the new Silver Line and The Rapid’s quest for a sister operation called the Laker Line.It seems, however, that...

Street Talk: Local revolution

The words “buy local” mean many things to many people, but what it really boils down to is the choice to support your neighbor...

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: It’s all in the ask

Are Michigan’s voting-age residents in favor of tax cuts as proposals make their way through the state and the nation’s capitals?It depends on how...

Street Talk: Detecting suicide risk

A national collaboration that includes two local partners has received a $3.6 million federal grant to help determine whether suicide risk can be detected...

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