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While for-profit businesses get the bulk of the credit for West Michigan’s economic success, the role that local nonprofits play in the community’s health, wealth and wellbeing often goes under-reported and unrecognized. 

Published in Nonprofits

More than 12,000 amateur athletes and their traveling companions from around the Great Lakes will descend on greater Grand Rapids next summer when the region hosts the State Games of America.

Published in Design Build

The West Michigan Sports Commission recently announced that its newly-opened Art Van Sports Complex generated an estimated $3 million in direct spending through its 18 different tournaments held throughout the year.

Published in In the News

The West Michigan Sports Commission highlighted the economic impact of youth and amateur sports on West Michigan in a new survey.

Published in In the News

West Michigan has proven it can sustain a myriad of semi-professional sports teams such as the Grand Rapids Griffins, West Michigan Whitecaps, Kalamazoo Wings and others. But over the past few years, the region has also become an attractive destination for national-scale youth and amateur sports. Mike Guswiler is tasked with promoting the area as a viable venue for such events. The West Michigan Sports Commission has a long list of local and national events on the docket for 2015.

Published in Crystal Ball

That Grand Rapids won the nod to host the 2017 State Games of America has ramifications beyond just the economic impact that bringing in thousands of out-of-state athletes and spectators will have on the region.

Published in Economic Development

Mega-retailer Meijer leveraged its relationship with the LPGA to bring the world’s best female golfers to West Michigan this month.

Published in Hospitality

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