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Displaying items tagged: West Michigan Policy Forum

Thursday, 20 October 2022 15:39

WMPF panel: ‘We are stuck’ in the past on economic development incentives

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Policy Forum hosted a conference today in Grand Rapids where speakers promoted sweeping K-12 education reforms and lamented the ongoing use of large incentive packages to lure automotive supplier jobs.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 14 February 2021 09:30

DeVos-backed PE fund to support Michigan companies

GRAND RAPIDS — A West Michigan capital investment fund that involves the family office for Doug and Maria DeVos wants to make long-term investments across a variety of industries with a goal of preserving and growing local companies and jobs.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 22 November 2020 19:30

Business leaders seek COVID-19 response that preserves ‘lives and livelihoods’

Two hundred and forty six days passed between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first stay-at-home order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and new state restrictions scaling back and closing some businesses.  

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 10 May 2020 18:57

COVID-19 highlights structural changes needed for unemployment system, researchers say

As some employers express concern about retaining workers who are earning more income through unemployment benefits than their normal paychecks, researchers say long-term structural fixes are needed to state and federal programs.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 17:30

Lawmakers push Whitmer administration to resume elective medical procedures

State lawmakers on Tuesday urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to ease temporary restrictions and allow hospitals and other care providers to resume elective or non-essential medical procedures and surgeries.

Published in Health Care
Monday, 27 April 2020 16:11

Spectrum Health expands COVID-19 testing to 1,000 people daily

GRAND RAPIDS — New supplies and equipment have enabled Spectrum Health to test 1,000 people a day for COVID-19.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 26 April 2020 18:20

The new normal: As public officials and businesses plan to reopen, the future will look much different

The world around us — as we knew it in Michigan before March 10 — is going to look much different for the next 12 to 18 months.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 31 August 2018 21:07

Municipal leaders, state officials differ over emphasis on local government funding

While Detroit’s record-setting municipal bankruptcy may be a distant memory, many business leaders around the state still view the financial health of Michigan’s municipalities as a potential ticking time bomb.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 March 2017 16:25

Snyder’s unfunded liability task force draws skepticism, but groups hope for swift action

Mark Williams worked at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for about 20 years as an employee of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. He was laid off in 2013 when the state privatized the facility and turned to contracted workers.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 25 December 2016 20:10

2017 Legislative Outlook: Lansing weighs options to control unfunded liabilities

The Legislature’s 2016 lame-duck session was marked by both bipartisan agreement on tough policy issues as well as contentious attempts to solve ongoing state problems that nonetheless split along party lines.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 27 November 2016 16:11

Jandernoa withdraws from Perrigo after 36 years, will focus on family office

Mike Jandernoa leaves the board at Perrigo Co. plc next spring and in the process ends a link to the company’s past when it was a far smaller producer of medications in rural Allegan.

Published in Health Care