A casual, and sometimes cutting, roundup of what’s being said around town.


Street Talk: Home for Thanksgiving takes on new meaning

Kids’ Food Basket (KFB) is partnering with Mel Trotter Ministries (MTM) to bring a healthy and nutritious Thanksgiving meal to Kent County families in need.

Street Talk: Kentwood wraps up new master plan

Following planning and community engagement efforts spanning more than three years, the city of Kentwood has adopted an updated Master Plan that serves as the city’s long-range vision for growth, land use, development and open space conservation.

Street Talk: This land is your land

Rockford-based Byrne Electrical, a manufacturer of power products, is putting its weight behind its stated mission of “making connections” by supporting six employees so far this year through the process of earning U.S. citizenship.

Street Talk: Poverty isn’t a game

A new interactive learning tool will give individuals and businesses a real-life look into the struggles that thousands of families living on the edge of poverty go through every day in West Michigan.

Street Talk: In support of reform

Prison Fellowship, a Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners and their families, is joining with other faith leaders in Michigan in supporting criminal justice reform.

Street Talk: In good hands

One local company believes plenty of good things are still happening in West Michigan even during the pandemic.

Street Talk: The trickle-down effect

Approximately one of every three bottles of alcohol shipped into Michigan from January through March of 2019 was done so illegally, according to data compiled by the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association (MB&WWA).

Street Talk: Business as usual

Michigan captured eight of the top 10 spots on Business Facilities’ 16th annual Rankings Report for 2020, including once again taking the No. 1 ranking for in the Automotive Manufacturing Strength category.

Street Talk: Follow the money

A new report shows Michigan has eight billionaires who collectively saw their wealth increase by $2.8 billion, or 9.1%, during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic as the economy was reeling and joblessness was at record highs.

Street Talk: Boost for manufacturing

Thanks to a bipartisan group of lawmakers, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center will receive a $2,118,000 federal grant to help small and medium-sized manufacturers in Michigan respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.