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Displaying items by tag: economic development

Wednesday, 28 September 2022 21:50

Michigan Legislature approves $846.1M to support economic development projects

State lawmakers have steered another $846.1 million into a state fund to support major economic development projects in Michigan.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 28 September 2022 18:11

Construction begins on first new Muskegon Heights home in 17 years

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS — Construction began today on what will be the first new home built in Muskegon Heights in 17 years — a literal and symbolic step in the city’s revitalization, according to local officials.

Wednesday, 28 September 2022 15:59

Gun Lake Tribe awarded $1.5M federal grant for infrastructure upgrades on tribal land

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, or Gun Lake Tribe, will receive a $1.5 million federal grant from the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration for infrastructure investments to support economic growth.

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 18:20

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Municipalities approve tax incentives for major battery manufacturing proposal

Local officials in Mecosta County on Monday night approved long-term tax incentives for a potential electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant eyed for the Big Rapids area.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 26 September 2022 11:31

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: ‘Transformational’ battery project eyed near Big Rapids

State and local economic development officials are in the process of luring a major Chinese electric vehicle battery manufacturer to Mecosta County that could result in thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment over the next decade.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 22 September 2022 15:07

Housing experts lay out plan to encourage more infill housing across Michigan

Officials with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Michigan Municipal League have announced plans to speed up new housing projects across the state by focusing on solutions for infill development.



Friday, 16 September 2022 16:54

Great Lakes Tribal Economic Summit convenes Oct. 6 in downtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Tribal Business News, a national publication headquartered in Grand Rapids that covers the $130 billion tribal economy, is hosting the first-ever Great Lakes Tribal Economic Summit on Oct. 6.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 15 September 2022 16:20

Whitmer taps law enforcement veteran as acting head of Cannabis Regulatory Agency 

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is turning to a veteran law enforcement professional to run the Cannabis Regulatory Agency as the state embarks on a national search to select a permanent executive director.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 13 September 2022 16:22

Grand Rapids Chamber launches Center for Economic Inclusion to break down barriers for BIPOC entrepreneurs

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce today launched a new initiative that intends to create greater economic diversity and inclusion.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 11 September 2022 18:58

MiBiz Growth Report: Sept. 12, 2022

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for September 12, 2022:

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 11 September 2022 18:47

Zeeland furniture company expands, transitions leadership during pandemic: Symbiote charts new strategy under 2nd gen owner

ZEELAND — Symbiote Inc., a designer and engineer of laboratory furniture for high-tech environments, has experienced a wave of changes since August 2019, and not entirely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 11 September 2022 18:44

Family-owned firms must drive awareness about their advantages to potential hires

 A Q&A with Ana Gonzalez, director of the Family Owned Business Institute at GVSU

Published in Economic Development


Sunday, 11 September 2022 18:41

After recovering from pandemic, family-owned El Granjero plots next transition

GRAND RAPIDS — The passion and soul that Mercedes Lopez puts into the food served at El Granjero Mexican Grill in Grand Rapids is evident to customers and the close-knit staff, which includes much of Lopez’s own family. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 11 September 2022 18:38

Grand Rapids family businesses forge partnership, citing aligned vision

GRAND RAPIDS — A meeting over coffee between the leaders of a pair of family-owned businesses in West Michigan ultimately led to a new collaboration involving their companies. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 11 September 2022 18:31

Pandemic creates ‘sense of urgency’ for succession planning

Amid its many strains on companies, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have prompted more owners to think about the future and eventually pass a family business down to the next generation.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 11 September 2022 18:27

Family-owned biz retained workers during pandemic, prioritize tax changes, survey finds

survey this year of hundreds of U.S. family-owned businesses showed that owners prioritized keeping employees on the payroll even as the pandemic disrupted their business and that most regularly give to local charities.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 08 September 2022 15:29

FUNDING FIREHOSE: State Revitalization and Placemaking grants aim to bridge funding gap for many West Michigan housing projects

Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Berrien County will receive large chunks of funding to regrant to various housing projects that the state approved Wednesday through the Revitalization and Placemaking Program. 

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 06 September 2022 05:00

The Right Place launches 10-year plan to grow tech sector in greater Grand Rapids

Economic development agency The Right Place Inc. has launched plans to transform the greater Grand Rapids area into a technology and innovation hub over the next 10 years. 

Published in Talent

Thursday, 01 September 2022 11:35

West side GR site examined for soccer stadium; DeVos acquires adjacent land

GRAND RAPIDS — The development team behind a planned Grand Rapids amphitheater is in the preliminary stages of determining a site for a soccer stadium, including properties containing a city-owned surface parking lot on the city’s west side, MiBiz has learned.

Monday, 29 August 2022 10:20

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Recent craft beverage exits redeploying assets locally, globally

Recent sales of major West Michigan craft breweries has led to new financial assets — as well as institutional knowledge — being redeployed as investments in startup companies and philanthropic programs.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 28 August 2022 18:32

MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 29, 2022

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for August 29, 2022:

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 28 August 2022 18:15

Michigan life sciences industry perseveres in face of major talent shortage

Like virtually every other sector, Michigan’s life sciences industry faces a key obstacle in trying to attract and retain talent, many of whom are leaving for opportunities out of state. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 28 August 2022 18:07

Industry leaders see opportunity to leverage global attention on COVID-19 vaccine production

The world’s attention focused on Southwest Michigan in late 2020 as the region began producing the first COVID-19 vaccines.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 28 August 2022 16:00

GVSU study measures economic effects of federal pandemic relief

Ateam of Grand Valley State University researchers has set out to catalog and measure the economic effects of more than $300 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding being dispersed across four West Michigan counties.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 26 August 2022 12:27

Buoyed by recent craft beverage exits, entrepreneurial investors redeploy proceeds locally, internationally

Successful exits from West Michigan-based craft breweries are allowing company founders and investors to put their proceeds to work in new ways that reinforce the region’s entrepreneurial culture. 

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 24 August 2022 15:06

Lakeshore Advantage seeks proposals for spending federal pandemic relief on business stabilization

Economic development organization Lakeshore Advantage Corp. is seeking proposals for using a portion of federal American Rescue Plan Act funding to support local businesses.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 24 August 2022 13:20

With new $2.9M grant, Hart to upgrade wastewater system to support food processing cluster

HART — Backed by a new federal grant, the city of Hart in Oceana County plans to upgrade its wastewater treatment infrastructure to support the lakeshore region’s growing cluster of food processing companies. 

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 12:54

7 Michigan tribes, tribal entities receive $1M in federal workforce training funding

Seven Native American tribes and tribal entities in Michigan have received more than $1 million in U.S. Department of Labor funding to provide workforce development services to low-income adults and youth.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 23 August 2022 09:10

Economists forecast slowed economic growth through 2023

University of Michigan economists expect the U.S. economy to experience a “very mild decline” the rest of this year before slowing to near zero growth in 2023.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 14 August 2022 18:11

MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 15, 2022

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for August 15, 2022:

Published in Economic Development

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