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As ArtPrize has grown each year in numbers, so too has the scale of many of the projects. SiTE:LAB’s annual, site-specific art installation is evidence of this. Each year, SiTE:LAB works with its curators and a group of global artists to take over a building for the duration of ArtPrize, allowing them to create a piece of art that complements the site.

MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 31, 2015

Written by | Sunday, 30 August 2015 14:10 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 31, 2015.

In an early August primary election against three other candidates, Grand Rapids second ward city commissioner Rosalynn Bliss, 40, captured a majority (66 percent) of the vote, enough to avoid a runoff, secure a victory and become the city’s first female mayor. The mayor-elect will focus now on ensuring a smooth transition as the term-limited Mayor George Heartwell steps down in December.

MUSKEGON — A new report shows continued, modest jobs growth for Muskegon County.

LANSING — Business advocates and public-policy researchers say there is a major hole in Michigan’s legislative process that leaves businesses, individuals and local units of government unsure of the costs that might come with new laws.

A new statewide study aims to assess how creative industries contribute to the Michigan economy.

MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 3, 2015

Written by | Sunday, 02 August 2015 08:54 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 3, 2015:

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 20, 2015:

MiBiz Growth Report: July 6, 2015

Written by | Sunday, 05 July 2015 22:10 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 6, 2015:

GRAND RAPIDS — A key change in managerial structure could position Gerald R. Ford International Airport for future growth and stronger regional representation.

WEST MICHIGAN — Legislation awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval could triple the number of communities that use a special type of tax-increment financing to attract high-tech development and innovation.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for June 22, 2015.

LUDINGTON — John Wilson hopes to foster the spirit of entrepreneurism in Ludington. If the new $50,000 business plan competition he’s sponsoring ends up creating a new business in the lakeshore community, all the better.

In light of legislative attempts to break through the regulatory patchwork businesses face in communities throughout Michigan, some local government officials are asking whether the state has too many layers of government in the first place.

Two bills before the state Legislature highlight a contentious debate over how and in what capacity governmental bodies should regulate the so-called sharing economy.

West Michigan’s business outlook continues to improve, but local economic development officials see a potentially tumultuous time ahead for their statewide partners at the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

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