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Michigan poised to exempt sales tax on delivery, installation services
LANSING — Michigan is poised to stop taxing delivery and installation services if they are separately stated on the invoice following a legislative deal to authorize $1.3 billion in new spending.
Younger demographics play in GR’s favor with 2023 economic outlook
GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids area’s relatively large number of young people, steady automotive sector and resilient housing market could all help the region avoid a potential recession looming over the nation this year.
Talent, economic development and playing defense: Biz advocates prepare for new landscape in Lansing
As Democrats prepare to control both the executive and legislative branches of state government for the first time in 40 years, business advocates hope to find common ground on issues such as talent and economic development.
Whitmer signs 4-bill housing package into law
LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law a bipartisan four-bill package that expands incentives to build more affordable housing across the state.
State House lawmakers pass housing bill package backed by biz, construction groups
LANSING — The Michigan House of Representatives passed four bills today aimed at creating more workforce housing projects across the state and addressing bottlenecks in housing development.
Officials seek more employers to grow affordable child care program statewide
A public-private initiative formed to make child care affordable for working parents in Michigan has begun moving from the pilot stage to full implementation.
Q&A: West Michigan’s first Black-founded, Black-led community foundation takes root
Ciarra Adkins formed the first Black-founded and Black-led community foundation in West Michigan with a primary goal to shift the narrative about Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and philanthropy. Specifically, she wants to advance the notion that these residents are not simply “receivers” of funds, but also serve as “distributors.”
People in the News: Aug. 29, 2022
People in the News: A roundup of new hires, promotions and awards in West Michigan.
Experts debate public pandemic relief funding for ‘missing middle’ housing
As the statewide affordable housing shortage shows little signs of easing in the near term, different schools of thought have emerged on how to solve the issue. Those include supporting new housing at every price point, or focusing limited public resources on the lowest-income households.
‘BEHIND THE BUBBLE’: Housing underproduction in Michigan worsens
Arecently published study from Up for Growth, a national housing advocacy and research group, found housing underproduction in Michigan has reached 87,491 homes — a 311-percent increase since 2012.
State lawmakers advance key housing bill package to help resolve supply shortage
State lawmakers this week advanced a housing bill package that seeks to make it easier for developers to build new projects and address a widespread need for housing at various price points.
Kent County names first coordinator of immigrant, refugee Welcome Plan
Kent County has appointed Hollin De La Cruz as its welcome plan coordinator, a newly created position to oversee the county’s formal efforts to welcome immigrants and refugees.
Workforce housing a growing need for employers entering tourism season
More Michigan businesses are offering their employees housing solutions to prepare for peak tourism season this summer as hospitality and seasonal workers continue to be priced out of living near their employer.
Gazelle Sports expansion a ‘monster bonus’ for downtown Grand Rapids retail
GRAND RAPIDS — When Richard App started his role as retail retention and attraction specialist at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce in January 2020, Gazelle Sports was on his list of retailers he hoped to bring downtown.
People in the News: April 25, 2022
Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for April 25, 2022
Lyoya killing raises questions about Boston Square developments, immigrant welcome plan
GRAND RAPIDS — Patrick Lyoya’s death took place in a Grand Rapids neighborhood long traumatized by icy police-community relations that’s also in the process of a major redevelopment to help overcome long standing underinvestment.
Talent competition places DEI under closer scrutiny
Diversity, equity and inclusion has emerged as an “important pressure point” in the past two years as companies compete for talent and regional economic development organizations seek to attract and retain industries, consultants and business advocates say.
Restaurants embrace e-commerce as consumer habits permanently shift
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, none of Davide Uccello’s four West Michigan restaurants offered an online ordering option. Today, at least half of his restaurant’s takeout and delivery orders are placed online.
Advocates seek minority voices, opportunity with 12 ‘transformational’ projects
Regional business and economic development leaders recently announced a list of 12 “transformational” projects that could reshape Kent County’s ability to attract visitors, new residents and employers.
Tax cut plans come as Michigan’s business tax climate ranks favorably
Michigan’s business tax climate ranks comparatively well to other states, and business advocates say election-year tax cuts proposed in Lansing could further improve that standing.
Two West Michigan nonprofits named ‘hubs’ for state child care pilot program
A pilot child care program expansion will help West Michigan parents find affordable child care, tackling one factor that has contributed to labor shortages and employees’ difficulty returning to work.
MDOT study of U.S. 131 to balance industrial, placemaking concerns
GRAND RAPIDS — The Michigan Department of Transportation has launched an online survey seeking public feedback on potential redesign strategies for a contentious segment of US-131 between 28th Street and Wealthy Street.
GR economic outlook shows slowed growth in 2022 linked to supply chain, inflation, talent
GRAND RAPIDS — Businesses in Grand Rapids, particularly in the service industry, expect slowed economic growth later this year as interest rates likely rise and labor and supply chain challenges continue.
Future health care costs in focus as Spectrum, Beaumont finalize merger
The new health system that Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health plan to launch Tuesday will have considerable market clout in the Michigan health care market, raising concerns about the potential effect on costs.
Tax cut negotiations on deck between Whitmer, Republicans
Competing proposals from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republicans who control the Legislature put tax cuts on the election-year agenda in Lansing.
Biz groups quiet on economic implications of abortion restrictions
The longstanding U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which has protected abortion access before fetal viability for 49 years, is set to be directly challenged this year.
Biz groups welcome halt to ‘sweeping and disruptive’ federal vaccine mandate for large employers
Business advocates hailed Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that halted President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for larger employers.
Historic federal funding influx forces decision making by state, local policymakers
If there’s any certainty about 2022, it’s that Michigan policymakers will have billions of federal dollars to distribute for infrastructure and economic development.
New tools emerge to aid in affordable housing development
The lack of affordable housing has been a highly discussed topic at the local and state levels this past year as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an already tight market.
Federal merger review backlog continues to stall Spectrum-Beaumont deal
The regulatory review of the proposed merger between Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health has taken longer than expected as the Federal Trade Commission examines a recent flood of deals.