Gov. Whitmer signs $2.2B COVID-19 bill that releases federal aid

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed a $2.2 billion spending bill that allocates federal COVID-19 aid for a continued boost in food assistance benefits and rental relief along with new grants to municipalities.

Urban Alliance appoints interim executive director

An economic development nonprofit in Kalamazoo chose an interim leader as it searches for its next permanent executive director.

Ford airport receives outstanding civil engineering award

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport’s terminal apron reconstruction and expansion project received the American Society of Civil Engineers Michigan Section’s outstanding civil engineering certificate of merit.

GRPS offers free summer meals to children

Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Nutrition Services Department is sponsoring the United States Department of Agriculture-funded Summer Meals Program to provide free meals to children in Grand Rapids this summer.

Art Caribbean Fusion Cuisine closes doors

A Caribbean-inspired restaurant in the heart of Grand Rapids closed down.

Grand Rapids Drive accepting cryptocurrency as payment

Grand Rapids Drive fans and partners can now purchase tickets, merchandise and sponsorships using cryptocurrency.

SpartanNash expands benefits for Fast Lane subscribers

The Byron Center-based grocery retailer and distributor SpartanNash is expanding the benefits available for its Fast Lane subscribers.

Economic Development Foundation changes its name

The Economic Development Foundation, a certified development company in Grandville, is now doing business as Great Lakes Commercial Finance.

West Michigan Works! survey reveals effects of COVID-19 on workforce

West Michigan Works! published the results of a study conducted to capture the reasons behind today’s talent supply and demand mismatch.

Coppercraft Distillery partners with Detroit Tigers on gin

Holland-based Coppercraft Distillery announced Monday the release of an exclusive gin crafted in partnership with the Detroit Tigers.

‘Time to play’: Michigan reopens 15 months after pandemic

After facing 15 months of capacity restrictions and being hit by the country's worst surge of coronavirus infections this spring, restaurants, entertainment businesses and other venues can operate at 100% occupancy — instead of 50% — starting Tuesday.

In The Image hosting grand opening for new location

A 33-year-old nonprofit will celebrate the official opening of its new location in southeast Grand Rapids this week.

Amplify GR hires education director and communications manager

An economic development nonprofit focused on the southeast side of Grand Rapids hired a pair of individuals from one of the neighborhoods it serves to round out its team.

Speedrack plans $65M expansion in Walker

A Sparta-based pallet racking and storage company is spending $65 million to expand in Walker.

Ex-Catholic school teacher pleads guilty in sex abuse cases

JACKSON — A former Catholic school teacher pleaded guilty to sexually abusing children during his tenure at a southern Michigan school in the 1970s.

Express Pros looks to fill 800 light industrial jobs at weeklong hiring fair

A local staffing agency is looking to help over 100 West Michigan employers fill 800 open positions this week through phone and in-person interviews.

Ferris State University helps people of Myanmar through Anu Sushi contract

A sushi supplier to Ferris State University is making an impact providing meals to orphans and employing refugees from Myanmar.

Grand Rapids hosting postponed USA Masters Games this week

The 2020 USA Masters Games will return after it was postponed last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grand Valley State University opens new DeVos health center

The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health on Grand Valley State University’s Health Campus in downtown Grand Rapids is now open to students.

Little Space Studio celebrates official opening with ribbon cutting

Little Space Studio officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event at its location at The Harris Building, 111 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids.