West Michigan News

September 02, 2010
Grand Rapids' Midtown Neighborhood Association believes its Fulton Street Farmers Market is fertile ground for growing the 90-year-old open-air market into a $3 million all-season marketplace. The group unveiled its proposed plans for a LEED-certified market this week at a public event.

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

August 26, 2010
Carrie Bertrand is a roof repair away from realizing a dream.

It's a big repair, but then it's a big dream, too.

Seven businesses under one roof, but more importantly a place for the community to come together, for people to make business connections and help other businesses grow -- that's what Bertrand says Believers Business Center in Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood is all about.

Category: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Kalamazoo, WestMichigan

August 19, 2010
As the cars zip by 1010 Park Street drivers might not realize the house represents a revolutionary way to address energy conservation.

Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, Design, Innovation, Kalamazoo, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

August 19, 2010
The development of a proposed $30 million year-round urban market for downtown Grand Rapids is far from sealed and delivered, but the group behind the idea says the project is closer to being signed.

Category: Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan

August 12, 2010
Ken Courts has 25 years of running Ionia's successful McCord's Farm Market in the bag, and now he and his son Aaron Courts are ready to open a similar fresh fruit and vegetable market in the former Alger Heights Foods location, 2420 Eastern Ave. SE, Grand Rapids.

Category: Diversity, Entrepreneurship, Food, Health, WestMichigan

July 29, 2010
A walk-in wine cellar greets diners as soon as they walk through the doors of Theodore's, but the aroma of gourmet dishes for vegans and meat-lovers alike is what beckons them in to enjoy an intimate dining experience.

Category: Entertainment, Food, Holland, Innovation, WestMichigan

July 29, 2010
Battle Creek's W.K. Kellogg Foundation will spend $1 million across the state to fight poverty.

A two-year grant was awarded to the Michigan Community Action Agency Association, a group of 30 community action agencies that provide programs and services to low income families and individuals in all 83 Michigan counties. The funds are intended to be used to coordinate public, private and non-profit efforts into a collaborative method to move families out of poverty.

Category: BattleCreek, Community, WestMichigan

July 01, 2010
The endowment funds of 56 Kalamazoo area nonprofit groups grew on Match Day, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation's 85th birthday celebration.

Philanthropists opened their wallets and check books to contribute nearly $339,000 toward endowments.

Category: Community, Kalamazoo, WestMichigan

July 01, 2010

It's a bright summer afternoon and dozens of kids stand beside Lake Barlow, the main draw at YMCA's Camp Manitou-Lin outside Middleville.

"Jump in, chicken," a tow-headed boy shouts to timid campers at the shore. A few well-placed splashes, screams and the "chickens" race into the water towards their tormentor.

Everyone laughs amid splashing and trash talk at the 160-acre camp south of Grand Rapids.

Welcome to summer camp, the time-honored rite of passage for nearly 11 million kids in the United States each summer who are temporary residents at some 12,000 day and overnight camps. And metro Grand Rapids has some of the best camps in the state of Michigan, local directors say, just the kind of places that can provide a short, but positive impact on any youth -- particularly one living in a harsh city environment or dealing with a disability.

Category: Community, GrandRapids, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan

July 01, 2010
Music can start the conversations that bring a community together. Leaders of the I.D.E.A. Association are convinced of that and are putting it to the test over the July 4 holiday weekend.

On a recent summer afternoon, as they sit inside Water Street coffee shop in downtown Kalamazoo, I.D.E.A. Association founders Matthew Lechel and Mark Thompson recap the genesis of their nonprofit organization and their plans for the first Boiling Pot Festival, an event to gather people through music and art and ask them to help find solutions to the issues that plague society.
Category: Arts&Culture, Community, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Kalamazoo, WestMichigan
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