Study: Trade backed 1.1M state jobs

A new study from Business Roundtable finds international trade supported 1,105,400 jobs in Michigan in 2018 and represented nearly one out of every five jobs in the state before the pandemic.

Building Bridges through Education announces inaugural fellows

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce selected its inaugural class of 35 fellows for its new Building Bridges through Education fellowship initiative.

National Park Service awards Gun Lake Tribe with Tribal Heritage grant

Gun Lake Tribe’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office was awarded a Tribal Heritage grant worth $41,571 to establish the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians GIS Inventory.
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Michigan tightens social gathering limits after virus spike

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Thursday tightened restrictions on indoor social gatherings and shifted the Traverse City region backward in Michigan's reopening plan, saying coronavirus hospitalizations have doubled in three weeks and the statewide death rate has risen for five straight weeks.

Social district opens in downtown Muskegon

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the grand opening of the Downtown Muskegon Social District with a ribbon-cutting ceremony late Thursday afternoon.

Kentwood adopts updated master plan

Following planning and community engagement efforts spanning more than three years, the city of Kentwood has adopted an updated master plan that serves as the city’s long-range vision for growth, land use, development and open space conservation.

Kentwood extends local business support during pandemic

The Kentwood City Commission extended changes to business approval requirements and procedures as part of the city’s continued efforts to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Judge stops Election Day gun ban near Michigan polling sites

DETROIT — A judge on Tuesday blocked a ban on the open display of guns near Michigan polling places on Election Day, agreeing with critics who said a Democratic secretary of state failed to follow state law with her sudden order.

Grand Rapids receives EPA funding to replace water lines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the city of Grand Rapids was selected as one of the three nationwide recipients of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for its Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act grant.
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Some Michigan sheriffs won’t enforce open carry ban at polls

BEULAH — Some sheriffs have said they won't enforce Michigan's top election official's ban on openly carrying guns near polling places on Election Day.

Election officer appointed for West Michigan

United States Attorney Andrew Birge appointed First Assistant United States Attorney Donald Daniels to serve as the district election officer for the Western District of Michigan.

City of Walker approves plans for Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A has received approval to proceed with plans for a new restaurant in the Westown at Wilson development in Walker.
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Whitmer signs bills to protect businesses from virus suits

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday made Michigan businesses and other employers immune from lawsuits filed by customers or workers who contract the coronavirus, as long as they have followed all safety protocols.

GRPS classes to remain virtual

The Grand Rapids Public School District has decided to continue with virtual learning for all of its classes until Jan. 4.

State grants $1M to nonprofit for early childhood and senior center

United Methodist Community House (UMCH) received $1 million in state funding for the construction of an early childhood and senior center in southeast Grand Rapids.

Art installations come to downtown

Downtown will have additional lights and sounds this winter after Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) approved $150,000 to place three art installations throughout the city in January and February.  
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Man charged in Whitmer kidnapping plot released on bail

LANSING — A Wisconsin man charged in a plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been released from jail after posting a $10,000 cash bail.

Pro-Vision unveils new body-worn camera

Pro-Vision Video Systems of Byron Center announced the release of its new Bodycam 4 body-worn camera.
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Michigan COVID-19 deaths climb above 7,000 since March

LANSING — Deaths related to COVID-19 have crossed 7,000 in Michigan, the state health department said Saturday.

Davenport launches short courses for business

Davenport University’s Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEx) in Grand Rapids is offering individuals the opportunity to improve their business skills.

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