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Priority Health and Blue Care Network each reported strong bottom lines through the third quarter of 2017, although financial officers at both plans caution their results could retreat by year’s end.

The federal research grants that Dr. Tom Rothstein and a colleague brought along when they came to Kalamazoo represent a milestone of sorts for the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.

DETROIT –– Just a few years ago, Doug Rothwell could look at various bits of Michigan’s economic data and see few paths that led to the state becoming a “Top 10” state.

proposal to prohibit local units of government from banning short-term rental properties like those found through Airbnb has attracted lobbyists from both sides to the state capital in recent weeks.

GRAND RAPIDS —  The head of the Grand Rapids Public Library says she was “disappointed” and surprised by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s opposition to the group’s millage request before city voters on Nov. 7.

GRAND RAPIDS — Officials from West Michigan acknowledge the region must overcome long odds in its bid to win the economic development sweepstakes for Amazon.com Inc.’s HQ2 project.

COVERT — Officials in Van Buren County felt a sense of relief last month when one of its largest employers and sources of tax revenue pledged to stay in the community for four more years.

With more than 200,000 medical marijuana patients in Michigan, a thriving industry of growers, processors, transporters and retailers to support them is poised to explode statewide — if communities allow it.

Economic outlooks project modest growth in the U.S. for the rest of this year and through 2018, along with further increases in interest rates.

PORTAGE — Staffing firm OnStaff USA is struggling to find applicants for the 400 open jobs it has available right now in Southwestern Michigan.

GRAND RAPIDS — A coalition of West Michigan employers and educators wants to bring more people into the tech sector through an outreach initiative intended to grow the talent pool.

FREMONT — A shuttered waste-to-energy power plant in Newaygo County has reopened under new owners and management after abruptly closing two years ago.

West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.

West Michigan economic developers plan to jump into an already crowded pool of contenders for Amazon.com Inc.’s proposed $5 billion second headquarters.

Jackson-based Consumers Energy is targeting hundreds of its business customers statewide in an effort to reduce energy demand during times when the electric grid is most stressed.

An ongoing case before the Michigan Public Service Commission over maintaining adequate electricity supplies into the future is prompting concerns over rising energy costs and unnecessarily spending $1 billion on new power plants.

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