West Michigan News

January 09, 2013


Grand Rapids has landed on a national list of cities "Leading the Way in Sustainability.”

The list is by BillMoyers.com. The website provides access to broadcast journalist Bill Moyer’s continued work in journalism, including his TV show, Moyers & Company, which is broadcast nationally on public TV affiliates.

The city's write up in the list cites two of the sustainability efforts that Mayor George Heartwell pointed out in his letter to Tina Brown, The Daily Beast editor, after her outlet included Grand Rapids on its 2011 list of "America’s Dying Cities" — in refute of the city’s inclusion on the list.

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Category: Home, Sustainability

October 03, 2012


You may have heard of this whole green building and urban farming they’ve got going on in Detroit these days. But another Michigan city is quietly becoming a nationally recognized leader in the realm of sustainability.

That city is Grand Rapids. Located in the southwest sector of the lower peninsular on the Grand River, it’s a city — like so many in Michigan and throughout the Midwest — with a history in manufacturing. Specifically, furniture manufacturing, a heritage that lives on in the fact that Grand Rapids remains the global headquarters of renowned office-furniture manufacturer Herman Miller.

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Category: GrandRapids, Home, Sustainability

July 26, 2011

The hardest part of growing a blossoming startup beyond infancy is recruiting talent. The right team can take your venture to new heights whereas the wrong one can push it off a cliff.

Even though we are in a “employer’s” market, traditional recruitment channels, such as recruitment firms, may prove too expensive for fledgling businesses. Startups should consider using social media as a recruitment tool.

When executed properly, social media offers recruiting managers a larger applicant pool, more access to information that will enable them to better pre-screen and filter candidates and, most importantly, a more direct line of communication to the potential hires themselves.

It is important to avoid missteps. Spamming people will get your business nowhere fast. It’s a tricky balancing act but by being respectful, honest and human, your next big hire might just come from Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Category: Home, Sustainability, WestMichigan

March 07, 2011
The 123,000-square-foot Grand Rapids Art Museum is the world's first LEED-certified art museum, and offers a family learning center.
Category: Arts&Culture, Design, Entertainment, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sustainability, WestMichigan

February 10, 2011
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has awarded $200,000 in grant monies to fuel the continued development of two Grand Valley State University incubator programs for life sciences, high technology and alternative energy startups.

Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, Education, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Innovation, LifeSciences, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

December 16, 2010
Four buildings in the 100 block of East Michigan Avenue built in the 1800s in downtown Kalamazoo will maintain the look of their historical past as they are outfitted with modern amenities by Mavcon, a Kalamazoo-based developer and general contractor.

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

December 16, 2010
Two Kalamazoo-area businesses will receive assessments designed to help them develop greener business practices now that they have joined Western Michigan University's green manufacturing initiative.

Category: AlternativeEnergy, Education, Innovation, Kalamazoo, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

December 09, 2010
Marc Schupan has quietly watched his competitors come and go, always staying true to the core belief set by his late father, Nelson, who founded Schupan & Sons, Inc. in 1968.

Category: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Kalamazoo, Manufacturing, Sustainability, WestMichigan

October 28, 2010
After opening the nation's first LEED-certified public transit station in 2004 and introducing Grand Rapids' first hybrid electric bus in 2004, The Rapid continues on its route to creating a greener city with its plan for LEED certification of a $32 million expansion of its Wealthy Operations Center.

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

October 28, 2010
Brighton-based McKenzie Bay International launched 12 years ago as a mining company, then made the switch in 2004 to alternative energy. The company eventually ran out of money and a major wind turbine project stalled, but President and CEO Kevin Cook says the firm has not only rebounded but has re-launched as an alternative and renewable energy "research and development visionary."

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