West Michigan News

May 22, 2008
Where were you when you bought the new album from Arcade Fire, REM, Feist or whoever it is you listen to? Were you standing in an actual, physical store? Were you in an elevator browsing iTunes on your cell phone? Or were you in your kitchen? Possibly while making dinner, watching a Tivoed episode of 30 Rock and IMing your Mom?

Category: Arts&Culture, Community, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, WestMichigan

May 01, 2008

For the renovation of its newest commercial property, the two-story office building 1331 Lake Drive SE in Eastown, Second Story Properties will conduct a uniquely public experiment in what it takes to develop a green building.


“My company has always prided itself on social responsibility,” says Second Story President Sam Cummings. “A lot of what we’ve done historically has been green in practice but not officially LEED. We’d like to get to the point of doing LEED on all our buildings. But first we have to prove that a green building can work in a commercial application. We just don’t know if the marketplace will accept the additional expense of a LEED-certified restoration.”

Category: Community, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

January 24, 2008

Cities, like people, make first impressions, long-lasting impressions on our visitors and others who are in the process of determining where they will live, establish businesses, and raise their families. That can be a good or a bad thing, but for Grand Rapids it’s very positive.


We’ve been making a great first impression because of our friendly and talented people, our strong values of hope, family and faith, and our commitment to sustainable growth and renewal. We are making national news for our forward-thinking investments and we are seen by others as a model city for our public-private partnerships and our green approach to the future.

Category: Community, Culture, Diversity, Education, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Healthcare, Innovation, Lakeshore, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

September 06, 2007
Picture this story as a modern-day treasure map of sorts – an atlas for lovers of ales, lagers and stouts. The content will quench your thirst for knowledge, and a proverbial dotted line will direct you between key destinations in west Michigan for beer consumption and purchase – from Grand Rapids to Holland and points between.


And because September blesses Lake Michigan with warmth enough to swim, this treasure map also denotes the best beaches in which to bathe and repose – or dig for a steamer trunk of gold coins if that’s your fancy.

Category: Community, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Food, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan

August 02, 2007

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) last week announced a new program that will allocate $1.5 million to communities and non-profits that want to start or expand a business incubator. Business incubators give entrepreneurs a leg up in getting a business idea off the ground.

“Our goal is to create jobs,” says Michael Shore, MEDC spokesperson. “We’re looking for people who can help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses.”

Category: Community, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, WestMichigan

July 19, 2007

If you ask Dan Rinsema-Sybenga, Muskegon, Mich. is on the crest of a wave of revitalization and he wants to be on the lip of that surf rushing toward the city’s shore. So much so he’s known to many locals as Downtown Dan. He lives downtown, works downtown, and finds entertainment…yup…downtown.



Category: Community, Culture, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Muskegon, WestMichigan

July 12, 2007

A consortium of 21 laboratories across Michigan life sciences corridor are available to entrepreneurs to research, test, develop, and even package clinical products. The Core Technology Alliance (CTA), which is housed at the Van Andel Institute in downtown Grand Rapids, is making it easier for life sciences startups to make their product without building an expensive laboratory many can't afford.


Category: Community, Education, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, LifeSciences, Technology, WestMichigan

November 30, 2006
On its face, Fennville looks like a typical Mayberry-style rural town – no stoplights, a one-block business district along Main Street, a few mom-and-pop stores.

But this city of around 1,500 between Saugatuck and Douglas is in the midst of a cultural renaissance that is helping transform it from a sagging agricultural berg into a bohemian center.

Category: Arts&Culture, Community, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, WestMichigan
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