West Michigan News
August 07, 2012
DHR International, a leading privately-held global executive search firm, announced today the opening of its new Michigan headquarters in Ann Arbor and the promotion of Dr. Boyd Falconer to Managing Director of Michigan for the firm.
“Michigan's economy is an important piece of the domestic and global landscapes and we are thrilled to have Boyd lead our efforts across the region,” said Geoff Hoffmann, Chief Operating Officer of DHR International.
Dr. Falconer will lead the firm’s three Michigan offices – Ann Arbor, Birmingham, and Lansing – that collectively cover all major market segments: Global Industrial, Advanced Technology, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Venture Capital & Private Equity, Higher Education, Non-Profit, Retail, Consumer, Biotechnology, and Life Science Practice Groups among others.
“It is a privilege to be selected to lead our firm’s operations in this great state, and I’m equally thrilled to be adding a new office to our Michigan group,” said Boyd Falconer. “DHR International is extremely proud to be on the ground here in Michigan, shoulder to shoulder with our clients and helping them grow, innovate and achieve greater success. Our multi-office presence in Michigan allows us to serve our clients faster and more effectively by combining our deep global network with vastly superior knowledge of local talent.”
Category: Community, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, WestMichigan
March 09, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS – LaughFest 2012 opened its 10-day festival with 607 people wearing chicken beaks and doing the “Chicken Dance” to set a new world record.
Let the laughs begin.
Gilda’s LaughFest, which opened its first festival last year with a rubber chicken toss, kicked off its second festival of seriously funny stuff on Friday with more than 600 people enduring the cold, wearing yellow beaks, and waggling their wings to start 10 days of stand-up comedy, improv, movies and more.
Some 649 people, shortly after 6 p.m., were corralled in the “chicken coop” on Louis Street near the Grand Rapids Art Museum, along with such characters as Cluck from WFGR-FM (98.7)
Category: Arts, Arts&Culture, Community, GrandRapids, Home, WestMichigan
November 28, 2011
Viewed on a map or at face value, Windsor and Grand Rapids, Mich., are in some ways similar.
Both are midwestern cities in their respective countries. Each has about 200,000 residents. Both have a waterfront, a university and nightlife.
Like Windsor, Grand Rapids is a city that has managed to keep some of the charm of its older buildings.
But unlike the Rose City, Grand Rapids has won over its younger population. Millennials love Grand Rapids.
"We're a cool city," said Bridget Clark.
"There's lots of variety, lots of events that you can go to," added Amanda Passage.
The downtown core in Grand Rapids is a hub for young professionals. The city is bursting with initiatives to keep millennials here.
Category: Community, GrandRapids, Home
June 14, 2011
Looking for a great summer travel deal? Then, you’ll want to check out our Pure Michigan one-tank trips to stretch your dollars to explore history, beaches, orchards, parks and attractions.
Category: Community, Culture, featured, Home, WestMichigan
June 03, 2011
Grand Rapids is made up of many persons. Many persons who got together, one Sunday morning for 4 or 5 hours, and put together a little something very special to honor our city. Because of that, ABC News, tonight, will be naming the Rob Bliss Lip Dub Video as its “Person Of The Week!”
The Grand Rapids LipDub video put GR on the map once again!
Category: Community, featured, GrandRapids, Home
May 04, 2011
The Tulip Time Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, a multi-generational event that has a little bit of something for everyone including; 3 amazing parades, multiple Dutch Dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children’s events, trolley tours and so much more!
Category: Arts, Arts&Culture, Community, featured, Food, Holland, Home
February 24, 2011
Lindsay McHolme is the Community Literacy Liaison at the Literacy Center of West Michigan. Over the past few years, she has been involved in improving literacy in the community as a Volunteer Tutor and Literacy Coordinator for the Literacy Center's Adult Tutoring Program.
Category: Community, Culture, Education, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan
February 17, 2011
Rap, and more specifically the culture of hip-hop, has gone through many phases, and has often been the victim of controversy since becoming part of mainstream American consciousness in the mid-1980s. The hip-hop of the 1990s was marked by violence as two of its biggest stars, Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., were both murdered within a year of each other in unrelated incidents. Many view the rap music that has come out over the last decade as being vapid and materialistic. However, Victor Williams is hard at work to educate people of all walks of life that there is an incredibly positive and educational aspect to hip-hop culture, as well as phenomenal music right in their backyard.
Since 1995, Victor Williams has been operating the Grand Rapids Hip-Hop Coalition, a group whose mission, according to Williams "is to educate and preserve the youth through hip-hop culture."
Category: Arts&Culture, Community, Diversity, Education, GrandRapids, WestMichigan
February 17, 2011
Glass artist Joe Sherry would be the first to say he's not exactly living on Easy Street. But for the past five years, he has lived in a small live/work art studio in the heart of Grand Rapids' Avenue for the Arts, and, in his words, "I love every bit of it."
Category: Arts&Culture, Community, Design, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Home, Innovation, WestMichigan
February 17, 2011
When Catherine's Health Center
had the opportunity to relocate from its cramped 1,200 square feet in the basement of St. Alphonsus Church
to three times the space in a LEED
-certified property, it was all systems go. On Feb. 14, the free health clinic celebrated its 15-year anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new digs in the former St. Alphonsus Elementary School (1211 Lafayette Ave. NE, Grand Rapids).
Category: Community, GrandRapids, Healthcare, Innovation, WestMichigan