Grand Rapids hosting Neighborhood Summit


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The city of Grand Rapids will host a free summit on economic equity next month.

The fourth-annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 3 at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids, at 401 W. Fulton St.

Registration is open online at until Feb. 25 or until the summit reaches its capacity of 500 people.

This year’s theme, “Beyond a Seat at the Table,” centers on the need for economic equity in neighborhoods, as well as the intentional inclusion of residents’ wisdom when making decisions that impact their lives and surroundings.

“We encourage everyone who loves Grand Rapids to attend,” said Stacy Stout, assistant to the city manager and chair of the summit planning team.


The summit will feature keynote speaker Rasheda Weaver, assistant professor of community entrepreneurship at the University of Vermont.

Weaver will share her award-winning research and work on community development strategies in diverse geographic contexts in her keynote address, “Positive Community Change through Social Entrepreneurialism.”

She will also share how businesses can create positive social change.

Other highlights

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will open the summit with welcoming remarks.

The event will feature more than 26 workshops designed for local business owners, residents and prospective entrepreneurs.

Start Garden will consider entrepreneurial pitches as part of its “100 Ideas” campaign.

The summit will also feature a dozen-plus community information tables, a photo booth, opportunities for residents, business owners, neighborhood associations, city commissioners and the mayor to network and connect, a movement activity facilitated by the YMCA and a drawing for prizes from local businesses.

Other details are available at

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