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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

Anchored primarily by growth in manufacturing and services, Michigan continues to outpace other nearby Great Lakes states.

Published in In the News

Despite growth in the U.S. economy, both long-term and short-term macro issues remain. That’s according to Rick Mattoon, a senior economist and economic adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Years into the recovery, a number of key economic indicators aren’t as strong as they were coming out of past recessions, Mattoon said. While many economists predicted the United States could experience 3 percent growth in 2015, the country is on track for only about 2.2 percent to 2.4 percent GDP growth because of a variety of factors, he said. After speaking at an event sponsored by the West Michigan chapter of the Turnaround Managers Association, Mattoon shared with MiBiz his take on the state of the U.S. and regional economies.

Published in Economic Development

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

Forecasters generally see improved economic performance for both the U.S. and Michigan in 2015, further driving down unemployment rates.

Published in Crystal Ball

Interest rates in 2015 will likely begin moving up from their historic low levels, although they should still remain relatively low, economists say.

Published in Crystal Ball

Kent County’s most prevalent manufacturing industries are poised for stagnant employment growth over the next six years.

Published in Manufacturing

A Manistee-based farm and winery wants to cash in some of its prime real estate and use the proceeds to fund its expansion and help meet the growing demand for Michigan-made ciders and wines.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

A new report issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has some good news for Michigan’s auto industry.

Published in Manufacturing

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