City hall, county government and the state legislature


City launches Small Business Grant Program

The city of Grand Rapids' Economic Development Office has launched a new Small Business Grant Program to provide grants of up to $5,000 to eligible small businesses that have experienced a loss of revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Judge declines to halt Michigan’s new indoor dining ban

DETROIT — A judge on Friday declined to halt a three-week ban on indoor dining in Michigan that is one of the most recent coronavirus restrictions imposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration.

Kent County Health Department issues public health warning

Dr. Adam London, administrative health officer at the Kent County Health Department, issued a public health warning and strong guidelines aimed at curbing communitywide spread of the coronavirus in Kent County and preventing another economic shutdown.

Kent County approves $496.1 million budget for 2021

The Kent County Board of Commissioners approved its 2021 annual budget.

City Commission turns down $500K for public safety

The Grand Rapids City Commission rejected $500,000 of Federal CARES dollars to support public safety and crime prevention from Kent County.

City modifies service delivery following Pause to Save Lives order

The city of Grand Rapids is modifying how it delivers some municipal services in wake of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Pause to Save Lives COVID-19 epidemic order.

Flint water lawsuit settlement now totals about $641 million

LANSING — The proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of residents of Flint, who were harmed by lead-tainted water, now totals about $641 million, officials revealed Tuesday.

Michigan halts classes, indoor dining as coronavirus surges

LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Sunday ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining and suspended organized sports - including the football playoffs - in a bid to curb the state's spiking coronavirus cases.

Gift tax exemption set to increase next year

With a new president comes new changes, but there is one trend that will remain the same, at least for now.

Tax adviser: Give and you shall receive

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act legislation included a tax break that a local accountant hopes will encourage West Michiganders to give whatever they can to charity this holiday season.

Pizza entrepreneur charged with fraud in virus loan program

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Detroit-area pizza entrepreneur was charged with fraud Thursday in seeking more than $900,000 in government-backed loans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Partners shoulder cost of removing barrier to 201 Market redevelopment

The city of Grand Rapids is entering a partnership with other local entities to remove a critical barrier to future redevelopment of the Market Avenue corridor.

Michigan posts new record of virus cases as deaths climb

LANSING — Michigan on Tuesday posted a record number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases, near 6,500, and reported 59 deaths within the previous 24 hours — its deadliest day in six months.

Kent County recycling program now accepts paper cups

Kent County has become one of a growing number of Michigan communities to add paper cups to its recycling program, thanks to a partnership with the Foodservice Packaging Institute.

Public aid for private schools lands at Michigan’s top court

DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a dispute over public aid for private schools.

Gov. Whitmer asks Michigan Legislature for statewide mask law

TRAVERSE CITY — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged Michigan lawmakers Thursday to enact a statewide law on mask wearing, as the state continues to shatter coronavirus case records and hospital admissions steadily rise.

Alliance unveils new plan to reduce housing insecurity in Kent County

The Housing Stability Alliance released a plan to address housing insecurity in Kent County.

Leonard Street development approved for MSF support

The Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment Authority recently received Michigan Strategic Fund approval of a brownfield work plan that will include $228,939 in state tax capture reimbursement for the Leonard Development project.

FBI investigates robocalls warning voters to ‘stay home’

TRAVERSE CITY — Voters across the U.S. received anonymous robocalls in the days and weeks before Election Day urging them to "stay safe and stay home" — an ominous warning that election experts said could be an effort to scare voters into sitting out the election.

Grand Rapids announces new communications director

David Green recently was appointed as the city of Grand Rapids’ next communications director, effective Dec. 14.

Due to virus, restaurants now taking names and phone numbers

DETROIT — Meals at Michigan restaurants came with a new side dish Monday: What's your name and phone number?

Gun Lake Tribe donates $500,000 for COVID-19 relief

The Gun Lake Tribe will donate $500,000 to Allegan County schools and county government to assist in the COVID-19 pandemic.

West Michigan road commissions deploy frost sensors to keep drivers safe

With dropping temperatures and drivers’ safety on their minds, Muskegon, Kent and Ottawa County road workers would like to keep these conditions to a minimum, and frost sensors can help do that.

Study: Trade backed 1.1M state jobs

A new study from Business Roundtable finds international trade supported 1,105,400 jobs in Michigan in 2018 and represented nearly one out of every five jobs in the state before the pandemic.

Building Bridges through Education announces inaugural fellows

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce selected its inaugural class of 35 fellows for its new Building Bridges through Education fellowship initiative.