Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Managing editor, covers energy, policy and economic development.

Twitter: @ABalaskovitz
Email: [email protected]

Monday, 29 August 2022 16:39

GR Community Media Center begins ‘new chapter’ after naming next executive director

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Community Media Center will start a “new chapter” under a new executive director following months of internal dissension involving previous leadership. 

Sunday, 28 August 2022 18:22

Nonprofit executive takes on state-appointed economic development role

A Q&A with La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Sunday, 28 August 2022 18:20

Kellogg Foundation exec sees growth opportunity under company restructuring

BATTLE CREEK — The top executive at Kellogg Co.’s largest shareholder sees opportunity for greater growth and earnings under the Battle Creek food manufacturer’s transformation into three separate publicly traded companies.

Sunday, 28 August 2022 18:15

Michigan life sciences industry perseveres in face of major talent shortage

Like virtually every other sector, Michigan’s life sciences industry faces a key obstacle in trying to attract and retain talent, many of whom are leaving for opportunities out of state. 

Sunday, 28 August 2022 16:00

GVSU study measures economic effects of federal pandemic relief

Ateam of Grand Valley State University researchers has set out to catalog and measure the economic effects of more than $300 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding being dispersed across four West Michigan counties.

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 15:13

Family-owned supplier ADAC Automotive taps outsider as new president and CEO

CASCADE TWP. — West Michigan Tier 1 automotive supplier ADAC Automotive Inc. has named a company outsider and industry veteran to replace longtime President and CEO Jim Teets.

Monday, 22 August 2022 16:31

Accessible mobility app eyes more West Michigan communities, health care settings as participation grows

A mobility app for people with disabilities is experiencing strong growth since launching commercial operations in West Michigan two months ago, and now is considering expanding its services to more communities and health care providers.

Sunday, 14 August 2022 10:00

In the CHIPS Act, auto suppliers see a light in the tunnel

For more than two years, global supply chain disruptions have delayed orders of the ubiquitous semiconductor chips found in products as diverse as home appliances, video game consoles and high-grade weapons. The small but integral components manage the flow of electric currents of devices in an exponentially electrified world.

Friday, 12 August 2022 14:45

Zeeland-based Mead Johnson facility to process millions of specialty infant formula servings

ZEELAND — A West Michigan formula producer will import roughly 331,000 pounds of infant formula base powder this month from a facility in Mexico to be blended, packaged and redistributed.

Thursday, 04 August 2022 21:29

Once-vetoed solar taxation bills resurface with changes to build local support

Legislation similar to bills that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed in 2020 involving the taxation of commercial solar energy developments was reintroduced this summer with changes to gain broader support from local governments.

Tuesday, 02 August 2022 11:15

Michigan plans $110M statewide electric vehicle charging network

Multiple highway corridors through West Michigan would land high-speed electric vehicle charging stations in the coming years under a plan submitted last week for federal infrastructure funding.

Monday, 01 August 2022 17:16

Medical groups alarmed, seek guidance following latest abortion court ruling

The trade group representing more than 15,000 Michigan physicians is raising concerns for its members following a state Court of Appeals ruling allowing county prosecutors to pursue criminal charges in most abortion cases under a 1931 law.

Sunday, 31 July 2022 18:19

Lakeshore automation firm doubles in size as labor challenges push demand

Asmall West Michigan custom automation provider is doubling in size as manufacturers struggle with worker shortages and seek to introduce less labor-intensive components to their operations.

Thursday, 28 July 2022 13:04

New report calls for permanent policy changes to improve youth outcomes

Armed with new data on economic security, education and health outcomes, nonprofit officials hope an array of policy changes enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic to address children’s and families’ needs are made permanent.

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 19:26

Holland voters to decide broadband internet bond proposal

HOLLAND — City of Holland voters heading to the polls next week will determine whether to allow the city to bond for up to $30 million to build out a publicly owned, fiber broadband internet network.

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 13:02

Gentex lands state incentives for $300M expansion already underway

ZEELAND — Tier 1 automotive supplier Gentex Corp. has received roughly $11.2 million in state grants and tax incentives for a $300 million expansion project that started in January and could create up to 500 jobs when it’s completed at the end of next year.

Sunday, 24 July 2022 19:44

Breach of contract dispute surrounds early closure plan for Ottawa Co. coal plant 

PORT SHELDON TWP. — Consumers Energy’s recently approved plan to shut down the J.H. Campbell coal plant in Ottawa County in 2025 has caused a breach of contract dispute between the utility and another electricity provider.

Friday, 22 July 2022 12:54

State energy regulator sees no need for panic over electricity shortages

Katherine Peretick was appointed to the Michigan Public Service Commission in 2021 for a term that expires in 2027. In that time, Michigan and other states are transitioning through a crucial moment for the energy and utility industries as hulking, centralized fossil fuel plants are displaced by clean energy technologies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Wednesday, 20 July 2022 11:31

Biz groups ‘stunned’ by adopt-and-amend ruling; warn of restaurant and lodging closures

Statewide business advocacy groups are raising alarms over a Tuesday court ruling that determined state lawmakers in 2018 illegally watered down ballot initiatives that would have strengthened the state’s minimum wage and paid sick leave requirements.

Sunday, 17 July 2022 18:58

Small biz group helps launch voting rights campaign, offers guidance on social issues

Grand Rapids-based economic development nonprofit People First Economy has helped launch a statewide campaign advocating for voting rights and access initiatives.

Sunday, 17 July 2022 18:39

New economic drivers envisioned to replace Palisades nuclear plant loss

COVERT TWP. — Southwest Michigan economic development officials are hoping to lure new employers to the region to help offset the job losses from the retirement of the Palisades nuclear power plant along Lake Michigan.

Wednesday, 13 July 2022 13:50

Michigan Nonprofit Association to help oversee $50M relief grant program

The Michigan Nonprofit Association is gearing up to help oversee a new $50 million grant program included in the latest state budget to help small nonprofits recover from pandemic-related losses.

Friday, 08 July 2022 14:34

Cascade Engineering sells major unit to focus on innovation, ‘traditional’ markets

CASCADE TWP. — Family-owned plastic injection molding manufacturer Cascade Engineering Inc. recently sold a major unit focused on commercial trucks and buses to an Indiana company.

Thursday, 07 July 2022 18:53

Regulators reopen Line 5 case calling for more safety assurances from Enbridge

Michigan energy regulators have reopened a case involving Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline and the company’s request to build an underground tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac, calling for more information on the line’s current and future safety.

Wednesday, 06 July 2022 17:27

GR amphitheater property sale delayed 6 months

The city of Grand Rapids’ sale of nearly 12 acres to the countywide entertainment authority to develop a riverfront amphitheater has been delayed at least six months as additional designs are completed, MiBiz has learned.

Tuesday, 05 July 2022 12:14

Michigan leads states in energy-sector job growth, federal report finds

Michigan added more energy-sector jobs than any other state in 2021, boosted primarily by the automotive industry and growing attention to hybrid and electric vehicle models.

Sunday, 03 July 2022 18:10

Roundtable: Cannabis experts tackle evolving business climate, social equity pressures

As Michigan emerges as one of the top cannabis markets in the U.S., industry experts and operators still face the growing pains of a sector with high barriers to entry and increasing consolidation.

Friday, 01 July 2022 13:40

GR amphitheater project lands $30M in state funding with budget deal

GRAND RAPIDS — A major economic development project to build a 12,000-capacity amphitheater along the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids has secured $30 million in state funding.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 16:32

State backs Battle Creek McCamly Plaza hotel redevelopment with $7.5M loan

State officials have approved a $7.5 million loan for the redevelopment of the former McCamly Plaza hotel in downtown Battle Creek that’s being led by an affiliate of the city’s economic development arm.

Sunday, 26 June 2022 09:05

BHSH reinstates abortion policy following confusion over SCOTUS ruling

BHSH System has reinstated its policy of performing abortions in “medically necessary” situations roughly 24 hours after saying it would only do so if the mother’s life was at risk.

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