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Displaying items by tag: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, 16 June 2022 18:09

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.

Tuesday, 07 June 2022 14:46

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.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 June 2022 18:08

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. 


Wednesday, 04 May 2022 18:56

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.

Sunday, 24 April 2022 18:35

People in the News: April 25, 2022

Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for April 25, 2022 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 24 April 2022 17:54

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.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 10 April 2022 18:52

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.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 27 March 2022 18:56

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.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 13 March 2022 18:53

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.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 13 March 2022 18:36

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.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:37

Two West Michigan nonprofits named ‘hubs’ for state child care pilot program

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.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:21

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. 

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 02 February 2022 17:14

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.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 31 January 2022 16:43

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.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 30 January 2022 14:00

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.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:00

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. 

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 13 January 2022 17:41

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.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 19 December 2021 19:00

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. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 05 December 2021 16:45

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.

Sunday, 07 November 2021 18:40

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.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 04 November 2021 16:54

Biden administration issues vaccine mandate rules; biz groups opposed ahead of likely legal challenge

Businesses that employ 100 or more people will have to either require workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine or get tested weekly beginning Jan. 4, the Biden administration has announced.

Published in Health Care

Wednesday, 29 September 2021 22:26

Women leadership across West Michigan businesses, organizations recognized at 2021 ATHENA Awards

GRAND RAPIDS — Jo Ellyn Clarey, former president and director of the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council, has worked to promote the often-overlooked roles that women have played throughout local history.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 18 August 2021 15:24

Biz groups call on Congress to pass $1.2T infrastructure bill, stop ‘playing politics’

Representatives from local, statewide and national chambers of commerce are calling on congressional lawmakers to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill they say is critical to support local growth and talent attraction.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 01 August 2021 17:09

Zoetis’ COVID-19 vaccines for animals bolster Southwest Michigan’s life sciences profile

KALAMAZOO — Nine months ago, some of the first COVID-19 vaccines left Portage and found their way into the arms of patients around the country. 

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 01 August 2021 17:01

LGBTQ ballot initiative regroups, readies court challenge after signature setback

The committee behind a statewide ballot initiative to expand civil rights protections for LGBTQ people is prepared for a legal battle after state election officials ruled the campaign had an insufficient number of public signatures to advance the proposal.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 04 July 2021 15:52

Staffing agency founder reflects on pandemic employment trends, new biz group role

Floriza Genautis was recently named chairperson of the newly formed Asian American Business Council at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, where she hopes to better connect Asian American-owned businesses with one another and the rest of the business community.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 22 June 2021 20:39

West Michigan CEOs emphasize DEI, flexible offices in first post-pandemic gathering

GRAND RAPIDS — Executives from across West Michigan gathered Tuesday to discuss the labor shortages permeating across industries, lessons learned from COVID-19 and the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in company culture.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 20 June 2021 17:00

GOP lawmakers push corporate income tax cut, tax credits for businesses

Republican lawmakers are advancing bills that would reduce Michigan’s corporate income tax rate by 20 percent and create tax credits for businesses that lost at least a quarter of their revenue during COVID-19 restrictions.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 13 May 2021 17:06

Biz groups want state to revisit rules after new CDC mask guidelines

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce today urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to update state restrictions after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can go maskless in most indoor settings.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 09 May 2021 18:00

Municipalities and organizations play catch-up on diversity, equity and inclusion as minority business leaders seek resources

It’s been a year since social media timelines were filled with Black Lives Matter hashtags, messages of solidarity with people of color, and promises to address racism as organizations responded to the national racial justice movement.

Published in Economic Development

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