City hall, county government and the state legislature


Inside Track: Putting trust back in policing

Police Chief Eric Payne said he wants to make Grand Rapids the safest midsized city with the most trusted police department in the country, but the department has to overcome the same obstacles as in any other city.

Spring Lake reevaluates rental rules

Spring Lake Township is in the process of reexamining its short-term rental ordinance, following the dismissal of an ordinance violation leveled against an Ottawa County LLC.

Huntington Bank commits $5B to state

Michigan will receive the lion’s share of Huntington Bank’s recent $20 billion pledge to its seven-state footprint, and the bank’s West Michigan region president sees it as a fitting move given the level of need.

Hispanic Chamber creates pilot student fellowship

Building Bridges Through Education, an initiative of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, launched BBTE Fellows, a pilot fellowship for Latinx students across Michigan.

US Department of Commerce invests $68K in CARES Act recovery funds

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration awarded a $68,250 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission.

Michigan to spray northern Kent County for EEE

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services notified the Kent County Health Department it will conduct aerial spraying in high-risk areas in 10 counties throughout the state to combat further spread of the deadly disease Eastern equine encephalitis.

Michigan launches $5M in ads to urge masks to fight virus

LANSING — Michigan on Monday launched a $5 million advertising campaign to urge people to wear a mask to fight the coronavirus with a focus on appealing to those who believe the state's requirement infringes on their rights.

West Coast Chamber appoints new board members

The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce said this week it appointed a new board chair and three new board members.

Judge OKs oil flow through second Great Lakes pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY — Enbridge said Wednesday it will fully resume operation of a Michigan Great Lakes oil pipeline after a partial shutdown this summer because of damage to a support structure.

MDHHS, Kent County to present PFAS study results

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released its first findings from the North Kent County Exposure Assessment, a public health investigation to learn about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels in the blood of people in northern Kent County due to well water contamination.

Funding OK’d for jobless benefit, flood costs, carp project

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed a budget bill that will fund a federal $300-a-week unemployment benefit, flood cleanup costs in the Midland area and Michigan's contribution toward a project to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

City awards $64K in neighborhood grants

The city of Grand Rapids awarded contracts to support nine projects that focus on COVID-19 resiliency and addressing the impacts of structural racism.

East Grand Rapids appoints new finance director

East Grand Rapids welcomed Sharla Seath as its new finance director.

Wyoming turns over new master plan to public

After multiple community outreach sessions, the Wyoming Master Plan is now open for public comment.

OPA releases draft strategic plan

A full year after being formed to improve public safety in Grand Rapids, the city’s Office of Oversight and Public Accountability presented its draft strategic plan and independent comprehensive report on police studies and recommendations to the city commission in late August.

Group hopes to plow path for cannabis growers

A Michigan association is trying to accelerate the timeframe for some potential entrepreneurs to get into the growing portion of the adult-use cannabis industry.

Gyms set to reopen next week

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a new executive order reopening Michigan’s gyms and pools in regions where they previously remained closed to halt the spread of COVID-19, according to a statement from her office.

County launches progress tracker for strategic plan

Kent County recently launched its 2019-2023 Strategic Plan Performance Dashboard, which tracks progress in achieving the goals of the county's strategic plan.

Hispanic chamber wins $10K college access grant

Michigan College Access Network awarded $10,000 to the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to support college attainment for the populations it serves.

HBAM calls for bipartisan answer to housing crisis

The Home Builders Association of Michigan, along with numerous community, economic development and nonprofit housing organizations, submitted a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders asking for a bipartisan policy initiative to address the state’s growing housing crisis.

MEDC, partners launch crowdfunding campaign for After Dark Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is undergoing a creative, community-driven placemaking project through a new crowdfunding campaign.

City forms partnership to improve recycling

The city of Grand Rapids is teaming with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and national nonprofit The Recycling Partnership to introduce a communitywide project aimed at improving the quality of materials residents recycle in their curbside carts.

Boston Square developers receive rezoning approval

The Grand Rapids City Commission granted approval to a trio of nonprofits seeking to rezone a site in the Boston Square neighborhood to boost equitable opportunities for residents.

Michigan Supreme Court delays virus-related case

LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court has postponed arguments over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s use of emergency powers until Sept. 9.

Chamber announces ATHENA Leadership Award winner

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce announced this year’s ATHENA Leadership Award recipient ahead of a ceremony that will honor leaders in three categories.