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West Michigan construction industry executives believe some of their recent worker training efforts have started to pay off. 

Published in Design Build

Anirban Basu thinks West Michigan’s real estate and construction industry has a pretty solid outlook for 2017. The chief economist for the Washington, D.C.-based Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) views the region as having a strong job market and plentiful access to capital. Basu — who is also president and CEO of Baltimore-based economic consulting firm Sage Policy Group Inc. — spoke with MiBiz following his annual presentation in early December to the Western Michigan chapter of ABC. 

Published in Crystal Ball

Stakeholders in West Michigan’s commercial real estate industry continue to express cautious optimism for the foreseeable future, despite the emergence of some headwinds. 

Published in Design Build

West Michigan’s construction executives hold to the notion that the region’s industry will continue to accelerate for the foreseeable future, despite increasing concerns of a broader economic slowdown. 

Published in Economic Development

Despite a number of recent global and national industry reports pointing to potential slowdowns in the construction sector, West Michigan contractors say they remain busy and confident for the foreseeable future. 

Published in Design Build

As chief economist of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Anirban Basu expects 2016 to be another year of modest growth in the range of 2.6 percent, well below the country’s pre-recession average of more than 3 percent.

Published in Crystal Ball

When churches and nonprofits start building, Mike Novakoski sees it as a sign that the West Michigan economy keeps getting stronger. And right now, the CEO of Holland-based Elzinga & Volkers Inc. reports the general contractor is riding a tailwind of business based in part from increased activity from faith-based nonprofits in the region.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

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