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Michigan employment lags behind national average

While the U.S. continues to add jobs, Michigan experienced one of the worst changes in unemployment in December.

Battle Creek economic developers earn awards for fight to buy back languishing McCamly Hotel

Economic developers in Battle Creek are being lauded for efforts to get a long-vacant hotel back on track.

Lakeshore Advantage celebrates last year’s developments

Development along the lakeshore continues to cruise forward.

Grand Action 2.0 leader feels deep connection to river that runs through Grand Rapids

Grand Action 2.0 Executive Director Kara Wood could not be more personally invested in the plan to turn the Grand River into a recreation and leisure destination.

Lakeshore companies have positive outlook

Employers on the lakeshore said they had a great 2022 and have big plans for the next three years.

‘Most anticipated recession’ might still be far off

Heading into 2023, there are plenty of unknowns about the broader economy, but one West Michigan financial adviser sees signs to remain optimistic.

It was a boom year for Grand Rapids development. These 9 projects are set...

Despite supply chain snags, inflation, labor shortages and rising construction costs, Grand Rapids is eyeing a record number of new developments in the works — including a few big projects expected to come online in 2023.

Poll: Voters say Michigan is on right track but economy isn’t

Michigan voters said the state as a whole is on the right track for the first time in nearly two years but believe the economy is on the wrong track, primarily due to high inflation, according to a new statewide poll.

Black Wallstreet Grand Rapids names development team

An ambitious Grand Rapids development project now has its development team.

Grand Rapids’ economic recovery outpaces state

The Right Place debuted its first State of the Region report, highlighting the year’s wins and what to expect in the year ahead.

Axis Automation to invest nearly $6M in West Michigan growth

An automation solutions provider in Walker plans to expand its team and operations in the region.

Experts to discuss how a ‘mild recession’ could impact West Michigan

There is plenty of chatter about a looming global recession, but how that affects West Michigan is up in the air.

Pfizer plans $750M expansion, 300 new jobs in Kalamazoo area

Pfizer Inc. on Monday announced an expansion of its U.S. manufacturing capabilities, saying it will spend $750 million and add 300 jobs at a Kalamazoo-area plant.

What a tip credit elimination means for the restaurant industry

Michigan restaurants are facing a change in industry regulations that could dramatically alter how they operate.

Tribal development organizations form joint construction company

Three Michigan tribes have come together for a first-of-its-kind joint venture.

Tech companies showcase region’s potential

As a bold strategy aims to elevate Grand Rapids’ status as a technology hub, several companies in the region already highlight the region’s potential.

Will Democratic Legislature chill West Michigan’s development boom?

GRAND RAPIDS — West Michigan's development boom has long been driven by a business community also known as big Republican donors — but they also have long worked with Democrats when it comes to economic development.

Auto backlog might actually protect Michigan in recession

The supply chain woes that have hammered the automotive industry for the past couple years could have an unexpected upside: saving Michigan from the worst of an impending recession.

Michigan outdoor economy continues to grow

An incredible aspect of Michigan life is the plethora of outdoor activities available year-round, and as it turns out, that contributes plenty to the state’s economy.

Much of Michigan is in a population decline. Why is Grand Rapids booming?

GRAND RAPIDS — As many parts of Michigan saw declining populations between 2010 and 2020, people flocked to greater Grand Rapids for health care, construction and manufacturing jobs. Recent transplants to the west side say the region's intentional planning and "special" culture is what keeps them around.

A ‘resilient new era’ for Michigan manufacturing

Despite current supply chain and economic unpredictability, the state of manufacturing in Michigan has the potential to remain strong.

Chamber names 2022 EPIC Award winners

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Oct. 19, celebrated nine local businesses helping drive growth, entrepreneurship and collaboration in the community. 

West Michigan’s future could be electrifying

With more than 40,000 workers in the automotive supply chain industry, one of West Michigan’s core economic segments is heading into an evolutionary do-or-die period.

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