2030 District partnership demonstrates long-term economic growth impact

Grand Rapids has long been recognized for the number of public and private development partnerships contributing to the lifestyle and therefore the growth of...

Note to all business leaders: Read the room

There is a valuable axiom in business that guides many successful people — “read the room.” It means be aware of your surroundings and the people in the audience.

NFT purchase doesn’t bring automatic copyright ownership

Non-fungible tokens are all the rage these days, with buyers scooping up these digital assets — often motivated by inaccurate assumptions about what legal rights they are obtaining.

Better benefits can attract, retain top talent

Many people in today’s workforce have higher expectations for benefits from their employer.

Land banks prove their power — if used correctly

Land banks have proven to be a powerful economic development tool since the Michigan Legislature’s adoption of the Land Bank Fast Track Act nearly 20 years ago.

Sickle cell patients need action to promote cures

When our country comes together to solve a public health crisis, we can do remarkable things.

It’s never too early to think about retirement

Congratulations to the 40 Under 40 class of 2018! You are leaders in our community with a bright future ahead of you. As a...

COVID-era K-12 learning loss demands urgent response

For anyone concerned about the impact of the pandemic on schoolchildren, a pair of new reports has confirmed our worst fears.

If Fed acts wisely, expect inflation rate to regress

In a New York Times op-ed in January, Paul Krugman commiserated with those blindsided by the jump in the U.S. inflation rate.

Behavioral health hospital critical to the region

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Forest View Hospital have a long history of serving Kent County and surrounding communities with high quality and compassionate behavioral health services, regardless of an individual's ability to pay.

Today’s young professionals fuel tomorrow’s achievements

Taking on diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s requires innovation.

Michigan needs vibrant, in-demand central cities

Conventional wisdom has it that big cities are dead.

A professional sales force

It’s one of the most common laments I hear from CSOs: “I wish I had a more professional sales force.”

Can you use the ‘Five Percent Principle’ to build your business?

In the 1990s I came across a book titled, “Everything I Needed to Know about Success I Found in the Bible,” by Richard Gaylord Briley.

Letter: Community needs ‘doers’

Editor:I found your opinion piece from Dec. 21 on the engaging of more doers refreshing (“Assure a seat at the table for the community...

Knowledge is required for, but not a guarantee of, success

We are told from an early age that knowledge is the key to success: If we learn, we will achieve. If we set our...

Minnesota’s economic policies create path to prosperity

In June, Minnesota recorded the lowest state unemployment rate ever — an astonishingly low 1.8%. In July, Minnesota’s unemployment rate remained 1.8%, again the best in the nation since unemployment rates were tracked beginning in 1976.

Rule change would devastate workforce system

In an incredibly ironic move, the U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a rule change that would drastically reduce workforce services and support at a time when employers and job seekers need it most.

Wage growth fuels construction employment numbers rebound

The construction industry rebounded in a meaningful way in September by gaining 23,000 net new jobs on a monthly basis after losing 5,000 net...

Proposed short-term rental law fuels housing crisis

Michigan is in the middle of a housing crisis.

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