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Across West Michigan, Native American tribes have started to hang out their own shingle in enterprises that move them away from the familiar tribal-owned casino.

GRAND RAPIDS — A lawsuit filed last week alleges a West Michigan real estate firm engaged in racketeering and other fraudulent practices in order to charge higher rents at properties intended for affordable housing.

GRAND RAPIDS — By creating a $100 million venture capital arm, Spectrum Health joins the ranks of U.S. health systems that invest money in companies developing new ways to treat patients and maintain health.

Did you know Grand Rapids is among the fastest-growing local economies in the country? If you spent time with me or The Right Place recently, you certainly did. We’re beaming with pride about the collaboration happening to build and ensure a vibrant, growing city and region with opportunity for everyone. A rebounding business climate and strong placemaking has allowed diverse companies to flourish and find success here, while employing local residents in critical, good-paying jobs.

GRAND RAPIDS — As Grand Valley State University expands its presence in the Belknap Lookout neighborhood, it’s juggling myriad concerns that often come with large-scale development.

HOLLAND — Backed by a new $1 million round of funding, Shoulder Innovations Inc. plans to market its implant technology more aggressively to surgeons and health systems.

For all the talk of placemaking and city building across Michigan, State Rep. Andy Schor believes something very basic remains missing: local grocery options.

GRAND RAPIDS — A group of investors hoping to redevelop one of downtown’s last vacant buildings believes energy-efficient infrastructure could serve as one method to achieve greater affordability.

KALAMAZOO — As he focuses on preparations for the 2018 Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, director Dan Gustin has a lot on his mind.

Aerospace suppliers are turning bullish on military contracts ahead of what many see as a surge in defense spending, despite the sector taking a backseat in recent years to the commercial aircraft industry.

Roughly a year ago, Jackson-based Consumers Energy became the first major utility in Michigan to propose a statewide network of electric vehicle charging stations.

Legislation proposed earlier this month in the U.S. Senate could provide a boost to Michigan’s nascent advanced wood products industry.

LAKETOWN CHARTER TOWNSHIP — Just south of Holland, voters last spring narrowly defeated a local plan to bring high-speed broadband internet service to every residential and commercial building in the township.

Dunn reflects on tenure as WMU president

Written by | Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:15 |
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On June 30, John Dunn will step down as president of Western Michigan University after a decade on the job. Over the course of his tenure, Dunn ushered in a new era for the Kalamazoo-based university, playing a key role in striking a partnership with the Cooley Law School and creating the private Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Under Dunn, WMU increased its minority enrollment from 10 percent of the student body in 2007 to 22 percent now. At the same time, WMU’s international student population doubled to 1,833 students. During a visit to Grand Rapids as part of a 10-day farewell tour across the state, Dunn spoke with MiBiz about his accomplishments at WMU and his plans for retirement.

MIDLAND — For the third time in two years, Chemical Financial Corp. wants to have more shares on hand to as it pursues additional acquisitions.

Because Native American tribes are sovereign nations, they’re tax-exempt and have their own statutes and regulations, although they must follow federal law. Tribally owned firms also are exempt from state and federal income taxes.

Automakers have some more breathing room to weigh in on federal fuel economy regulations.

ALBION — A dispute over several large-scale solar energy projects forced a Southwest Michigan solar equipment manufacturer into bankruptcy earlier this month.

GRAND RAPIDS — While many companies decry the lack of available talent as a key challenge, one California-based manufacturer cited West Michigan’s workforce as the primary reason it’s moving into the region.

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