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As discussions over international trade policies have ramped up in recent months, West Michigan farmers say more needs to be done to ensure the U.S. has a “level playing field” with other countries.

Published in Agribiz

West Michigan developers are taking notice of a new tax deferral mechanism intended to spur investment in both urban and rural areas, even if they lack details on how the program will be implemented.

Published in Real Estate

New tariffs and an escalating global trade war in recent weeks have stoked fears that global manufacturers will move production outside of the United States to protect their margins. 

Published in Manufacturing

Automotive supplier Benteler Automotive Corp. faces a grim reality: Two-thirds of the company’s maintenance technicians will “retire out” of the workforce over the next few years.

Published in Manufacturing

New issues have become top of mind for West Michigan economic developers and economists.

Published in Economic Development

Grand Valley State University has announced the Allendale-based higher education institution had an economic impact of about $849 million on West Michigan over the last year.

Published in In the News

As a third-generation farmer at Hamilton-based Koeman Farms, Steve Koeman is monitoring how possible tariffs could affect the economics of his family business.

Published in Agribiz

The shift to a more automated future in which manufacturers need fewer workers to churn out products has the potential to upend how industrialized countries operate.

Published in Manufacturing

GRAND RAPIDS — Employers continue to struggle to find people to fill open positions and drive growth in their business.

Published in Crystal Ball

Expect the U.S. economy to maintain steady growth through 2018 with continued low unemployment, an even tighter labor market that drives up wages, higher business investment and additional increases in interest rates.

Published in Crystal Ball
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