200 foreclosed properties up for auction

LANSING — More than 200 foreclosed properties in eight Michigan counties are being offered in a public auction.The state Treasury Department said Branch, Clinton,...

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.

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.

County receives $400K grant for Millennium Park

A $400,000 grant from a local family foundation will aid Kent County’s efforts to preserve wetlands at Millennium Park.The gift comes on the heels...

Businesses speaking out on racism must show and tell

Marcus Collins is a marketing lecturer at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with a background that spans advertising, social media and the intersection of brands and culture.
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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 pours $12.7 million into road construction, sidewalk improvements

The city of Grand Rapids is beginning its seventh season of ramped-up road construction.

Grand Rapids among better-run cities in US

With local governments’ leadership abilities being tested by COVID-19, Grand Rapids came out among the better-run cities in the country, according to a study.

Website offers ‘opportunity zone’ help

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Michigan Economic Development Corporation recently launched a new website to help investors navigate tax incentives tied to...

Homebuilders plead for ‘essential’ status

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently declared industries like housing construction are not essential under her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.

Gay couple sues Michigan for recognition of out-of-state marriage

A gay couple working with a local attorney has filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan over the state’s failure to recognize their...

Gov. Whitmer recloses indoor bars to keep COVID-19 down

In response to an uptick in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a new executive order closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan.
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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.

Planning the Michigan marijuana industry

Three organizations — only one of which is revealing its financial backers at this point — claim to be working on plans for the...

Judge v. judge: mediation works

Two judges have agreed to a cease-fire in a dispute that reached the state Supreme Court.Allegan County Judge Kevin Cronin can hire a law...

Kent County to close recycling drop-off center

Kent County will close its 12-year-old recycling drop-off center in Kentwood on June 30, citing operating costs and problems at the site, as well...

MMA CEO pleased with state’s ‘careful’ progress

The president and CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) recently provided an industry update on the victories and challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grand Rapids expands mental health partnerships

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

Construction firm donates $25K to veterans

The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is getting a special gift on Saturday.Orion Construction in Grand Rapids and the Finish the Mission Relief Fund...

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