West Michigan News

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

February 01, 2007

The online GRAM cam offers live coverage from the construction site. Pamella DeVos is organizing an Inaugural Ball in late September for the sleek concrete and glass facility. Members and donors will get a sneak preview of the expanded educational, auditorium, and gallery space in early October. And before you know it the new Grand Rapids Art Museum will celebrate its Grand Opening on October 5, 2007.



Category: Arts&Culture, Community, Diversity, Entertainment, GrandRapids, Innovation, 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

October 26, 2006

At 159,000 square feet, the $30 million David D. Hunting YMCA is one of the largest urban YMCA’s anywhere. Now the facility is the world’s only LEED-certified YMCA.

 The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification last week. The Hunting family, who donated $5 million to fundraising efforts in honor of their father David D. Hunting, urged pursuit of the certification.

Category: Community, Entertainment, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sports&Recreation, Sustainability, WestMichigan
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