Tag Archives: economic development

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Bringing Boards Downtown: Why a Skate Park Could Be In GR’s Future

Mike Dallas has already undergone surgery on his right shoulder. He needs another operation on his left. The owner of Bustin’ Boards, a Brooklyn, New York-based longboard manufacturer, makes his home in Grand Rapids, which is where he grew up….


Making Sure No Kid Goes Hungry in Southeast Michigan this Summer

Far too many kiddos in the greater Detroit area miss healthy meals every day while they’re on summer break. That’s why a huge network of Michigan companies, schools and recreation centers are working together to make sure no kid goes hungry in Southeast Michigan. The…

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Nurtured By Mother Nature: Time to Try Aromatherapy

We can all agree that getting sick or feeling weak is the worst. Whether it’s a cold or sore muscles, it’s just not pleasant. The first thing we tend to run for is the ibuprofen or the cold medicine, but…

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5 Things You Didn’t Know Michigan Grows Better than Most States

If anyone tries to tell you that Michigan is only known for its industrial history, tell them to think again! Aside from automotive and advanced manufacturing, agriculture happens to be one of Michigan’s biggest industries. Agriculture alone contributes $101.2 billion…


Sturgeon Point Lighthouse Getting Makeover In Time for Memorial Day

A group of Michigan tourism professionals will descend on the small town of Harrisville this week to give some much-needed TLC to a historic lighthouse, just in time for its Memorial Day weekend opening. The Sturgeon Point Lighthouse is one…

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Keeping It Real Since 1973: The 4 Best Things About Oryana Natural Foods Market

The South American goddess of fertility and abundance, Oryana, makes a fitting namesake for a blossoming natural food co-op in Traverse City. Oryana Natural Foods Market is abundant in natural foods and resources and ripe for community growth and awareness…



Revitalizing Detroit’s Retail Landscape, One Neighborhood at a Time

Ashley Hennen is the Communications Manager for Hatch Detroit. She is passionate about doing her part to help build up vibrant and diverse retail in Detroit, spurring more walkable and healthy communities. While we’ve become well known for our annual…

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Some of the safest places to walk at night in America are right here in Michigan

As the weather begins to slowly warm, Michiganders come out of hibernation in droves to celebrate spring. As the sun sets a little later each day, many of us enjoy taking an evening stroll around our communities. We can now feel…

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You have to believe in yourself, your talents and not give up advises West Michigan business leader

One of this year’s 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan awardees is heavily involved in providing a strategic foundation for impressive growth to West Michigan. Birgit Klohs is the President and CEO of The Right Place, Inc., a regional economic development…

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