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GRAND RAPIDS — Over his storied career, John Berry has advocated for the benefits of incorporating design principles outside of traditional creative industries. Now, Berry is taking that vision one step further at Grand Valley State University with the new Design Thinking Academy, where he serves as director. The academy spun off from the university’s Design Thinking Initiative that launched in 2014.

The group behind the Kent County Youth Fair will buy Deer Run Golf Club in Lowell Charter Township with plans to turn the 140-acre site into its new fairgrounds by 2020, MiBiz has learned.

GRAND RAPIDS — After a half-dozen staff departures and several stalled high-profile projects, 616 Development LLC has struck a new partnership to put the real estate firm back on what it sees as a growth trajectory.

ALLEGAN — John Hendrickson says the decision to retire as CEO of Perrigo Co. plc was personal and his choice alone.

COMSTOCK PARK — One West Michigan manufacturer of stamping dies hopes to leverage a self-funded automation business into its primary money maker in the years ahead. 

ADA — A new chapter has opened in a two-decade-long legal saga over allegations of copyright infringement against the parent company of Amway Corp.

Many organizations will likely stick with their sustainability and environmental commitments, regardless of the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the historic Paris Agreement.

Q&A: Senator Gary Peters

Written by | Sunday, 11 June 2017 20:24 |

Sen. Gary Peters has focused his recent efforts on clearing the regulatory path for the advent of autonomous vehicles. In the coming weeks, the first-term U.S. senator plans to introduce bipartisan legislation to open up that regulatory framework. Peters sat down with MiBiz at the Mackinac Policy Conference to discuss his autonomous vehicle legislation, as well as his push for further infrastructure investments. 

Q&A: Karen Weaver, Mayor of Flint

Written by | Sunday, 11 June 2017 21:51 |

As Flint continues to recover from its water crisis that started more than three years ago, the city’s mayor is working on a multi-track approach to improve the city’s fate. Karen Weaver, who was elected mayor in November 2015, said she’s focusing on improving water quality and infrastructure, while also working on economic development initiatives for the city of around 98,000 people. Weaver spoke with MiBiz during the annual Mackinac Policy Conference hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber on Mackinac Island.  

MACKINAC ISLAND — Despite generally strong economic activity and considerable private sector investment, even cities like Grand Rapids struggle to keep up with increased demands for public services. 

What one Grand Rapids-area physician considers a form of “extortion,” others see as a necessary way to gauge how well doctors keep up with modern medicine.

The heightened use of cheaper generic drugs has not been enough to stem the rising costs of prescription medication for Americans. 

Economists expect Michigan’s economy to grow through 2017, although at a little slower pace as automotive sales dip and the state’s manufacturing employment follows suit.

M&A market shift ahead?

Written by | Sunday, 11 June 2017 20:00 |

M&A professionals say deal volume remains strong heading into mid year with more buyers in the market than sellers. 

While optimism for the U.S. economy remains relatively high, many economists and industry watchers are forecasting a period of slow growth in West Michigan’s manufacturing sector. 

Stakeholders in West Michigan’s commercial real estate and construction industries remain generally upbeat as they look toward the second half of the year. 

MiBiz Growth Report: June 12, 2017

Written by | Sunday, 11 June 2017 21:08 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for June 12, 2017.

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