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


Street Talk: Kent caps successful year

Individual accomplishments over the course of time often can be missed, but reviewed collectively, they can present a snapshot of significant achievements.

Street Talk: United Way drives BIPOC initiative

As part of Heart of West Michigan United Way’s ongoing commitment to fund programs that invest in diverse populations and communities, United Way partnered with 15 local BIPOC-founded/led nonprofit agencies to support their work in the community with more than $300,000 in grants.

Street Talk: Being good neighbors

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is on the receiving end of $150,000 in grant funding from Bank of America.

Street Talk: The human connection

Panelists at a Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business event this month said as pandemic restrictions continue to cause shifts at traditional workplaces, businesses and corporations that intentionally create a sense of belonging will thrive, as will their employees.

Street Talk: Tribes, WMU band together

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians collectively are offering a new pathway for tribal members and partners to develop skills in tribal administration with the addition of a tribally endorsed course to Western Michigan University’s MPA program. 

Street Talk: A new day in the sun

Michigan’s two largest energy providers came together last week to launch a program dubbed “MI Community Solar,” a first-in-the-nation education campaign to promote the efforts of large and diverse communities of Michiganders going solar together.

Street Talk: Healing hearts and minds

The Biblical phrase (Luke 4:23), “Physician, heal thyself,” often is quoted in reference to doctors, nurses and other medical personnel suffering from burnout.

Street Talk: Wyoming puts parks, public safety on the ballot

The Wyoming City Council recently took action to place two proposals on the May 2022 ballot that, if approved, would provide future funding to support public safety and parks needs, make the city more financially sustainable and minimize the overall tax burden of residents.

Street Talk: Mixed messages on the economy

Rising unemployment? Check. A plethora of job openings? Check. Automobile production slowing? Check. New car sales rising? Check. The tightest housing market in years? Check. Homes being sold in the shortest amount of time in a decade or more? Check.

Street Talk: Taste of Hollywood comes to Grand Rapids

Don’t be surprised if you start bumping into a few Hollywood types around town pretty soon.