City hires planning firm to conduct feasibility study

Bergmann announced it was selected by the city of Grand Rapids to conduct a feasibility study and provide design concepts for the possible relocation of city operations from 201 Market Ave. SW to the Kent County Road Commission property at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW.

City officials host webinar on trauma

The city of Grand Rapids will host an online conversation on the impact of trauma on communities of color.

Kent County approves $2 million for PPE

The Kent County COVID Relief Subcommittee unanimously approved a new $2 million allocation to be used by Kent County schools for the purchase of approved PPE to assist schools in dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Gov. Whitmer tightens virus rules up north; Detroit casinos to reopen

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday tightened pandemic restrictions in northern Michigan while letting Detroit's three casinos reopen at limited capacity after four-plus months of being closed to curb the coronavirus.

City schedules considerations to improve public safety outcomes

Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington announced a timeline for considering public safety improvements that might impact the city’s budget.

Small Business Restart Program offering $100M in grants

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Small businesses have until Aug. 5 to apply for a grant program that opened this month to assist with COVID-19 recovery.
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Gov. Whitmer extends ban on visitors at nursing homes

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended a ban on family visitors at nursing homes and congregate care sites through Aug. 31.

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks launches Green Team

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is tapping the help of youths in the community to help protect the urban tree canopy.
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Lawmaker panel OKs budget cuts, ‘rainy day’ cash for $2B gap

LANSING — A panel of Michigan lawmakers approved proposals Wednesday to dip into state cash reserves and make budget cuts, part of a wider plan to address a $2.2 billion budget hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Grand Rapids company launches ballot tracker for mail-in voting

Grand Rapids-based mail service provider Kent Communications Inc. is the first company in Michigan to work with local election officials to add a new layer of integrity and accountability to the vote-by-mail process.

Grand Rapids expands mental health partnerships

The Grand Rapids Police Department is exploring options to improve mental health response.

JetCo Solutions launches program to help small businesses explore B2G sales

A local consulting firm is launching a six-month program and data report to help small businesses determine if government sales is a market they could tap.
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Federal aid helps Michigan fill $2.2B hole; more sought

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers will return to session to pass a multibillion-dollar plan to resolve the deficit caused by the coronavirus shutdown — with a mix of spending cuts, a drawdown of the state's savings and a big influx of federal rescue aid.
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Michigan agency orders hearing for bar tied to outbreak

LANSING — Michigan liquor regulators on Thursday ordered an East Lansing bar to answer questions about a coronavirus outbreak that infected 186 people and was a factor in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's decision to halt indoor service at establishments that chiefly sell alcohol.
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Michigan court denies absentee ballots that come after election

LANSING — The Michigan appeals court denied a request to require the counting of absentee ballots received after the time polls close on Election Day, ruling that the deadline remains intact despite voters' approval of a constitutional amendment that expanded mail-in voting.
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Gov. Whitmer extends coronavirus emergency through Aug. 11

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency declaration through Aug. 11, five months after she first issued it, pointing to an uptick in new cases over the past three weeks.

Rapid launches six-month rideshare program

The Rapid is launching GO!Bus Plus, a six-month pilot program that will use a mobile app and web portal to offer pre-scheduled and on-demand rides.
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43 coronavirus cases tied to party in Ann Arbor area

LANSING — The Washtenaw County Health Department on Monday reported 43 coronavirus cases associated with a large house party held outside Ann Arbor nearly two weeks ago, with most of those infected being between the ages of 15 and 25.

United Way, Kent County partner on nonprofit relief fund

A local United Way chapter partnered with Kent County to create a fund to support nonprofits that provided certain relief services during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Grand Rapids to decrease police budget by about $400,000

Grand Rapids city officials last week provided an update on police reform efforts and recommended additional action steps.

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