As dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine since 2006, Marsha Rappley has seen the school continue to build its presence in Grand Rapids, including the Secchia Center on the Medical Mile. Now, the university is in the planning process to continue that expansion with more biomedical research space it intends to build on the former Grand Rapids Press property it purchased last year. Rappley spoke with MiBiz to discuss the school’s next phase of development.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants the Chinese people to know all that the state can offer in terms of business, agriculture and tourism.
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Sept. 3, 2013:
A proposed new development could help solve one of the Muskegon’s nagging problems: its lack of density in the downtown area to support a thriving retail sector.
All eyes of municipal financial executives in West Michigan and across the state this week will focus on Oakland County.
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 19, 2013:
As construction ramps up for a new bus rapid transit line in greater Grand Rapids, the area’s regional transit authority is busy studying whether it should implement a similar system along its route with the highest ridership.
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 5, 2013:
One of the unfortunate results of the jobs and incentives race of the past decade has been the increased focus on business attraction as a magic bullet for economic growth. If there is one thing I have learned in the past 25 years as an economic development professional, it is that there are no magic bullets for economic growth.
Saddled with an aging workforce and an inability to find skilled workers, manufacturers on the lakeshore have partnered with educational leaders to create a new program designed to excite students about careers in manufacturing and create a self-replenishing talent pool.
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 22, 2013:
The rapid pace of West Michigan’s economic recovery has been widely reported, but some questions still remain.
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 8, 2013:
Manufacturers in Southwestern Michigan have had access to powerful workforce development tools for years. The problem: Not many of the companies were familiar with the services the state made available to them.
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for June 20, 2013: