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.

City looks to emphasize social equity in cannabis industry

More Grand Rapids residents will have opportunities to open and/or be employed in the cannabis industry courtesy of the city of Grand Rapids Cannabis Justice Work Group’s new social equity policy.

Visa suspensions put employers in a bind

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Some companies and businesses that have relied on foreign workers are feeling the impact of a sudden decision that President Donald Trump and his administration made to halt the approval of visas for people outside the U.S. for the remainder of the year.

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 toughens mask mandate; businesses must deny service

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday toughened a requirement to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, mandating that businesses open to the public deny service or entry to customers who refuse to wear one.
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Gov. Whitmer: Health workers must get ‘implicit bias’ training

LANSING — All Michigan health workers must receive "implicit bias" training tied to their professional licensure under a directive issued Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who said the mandate will help address the coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate and deadly impact on people of color.

City initiative aims to help microlocal business enterprises access river restoration contracts

The city of Grand Rapids launched an initiative to help microlocal business enterprises access dozens of upcoming river restoration contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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Michigan COVID-19 deaths pass 6,000; Gov. Whitmer watching cases

LANSING — Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 deaths have surpassed 6,000, the state health department said Tuesday.
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Board finds it has authority on guns at Michigan Capitol

LANSING — A board overseeing Michigan's Capitol determined Tuesday that it has the legal authority to decide whether guns will continue to be allowed in the building and on its grounds.

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.
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Michigan judge allows restart of disputed oil pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY — A Michigan judge Wednesday allowed Enbridge to resume pumping oil through a Midwestern pipeline, nearly a week after shutting it down because of damage to a structure that anchors a section of the line running through a Great Lakes channel.

Ford Foundation names next executive director

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation chose its next leader.

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.

Chamber’s director of membership wins lifetime achievement award

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives recently awarded Laura Traxler of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce with its Dana Ketterling Lifetime Sales Achievement Award.
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Regulators deny quick approval of new Great Lakes pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY — A Michigan regulatory panel on Tuesday refused to grant quick permission to run a new oil pipeline beneath a channel that connects two of the Great Lakes, deciding instead to conduct a full review.

County, chamber launch small business recovery program (update)

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce entered a partnership with Kent County to deliver short-term financial support to small businesses in Kent County and help cultivate a strong, economic recovery.

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.

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