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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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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.

Saturday, 15 September 2018 21:12

Lakeshore community primed for redevelopment

The village of Spring Lake, located just east of Grand Haven in northwest Ottawa County, needs a proper downtown.

The West Michigan chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) held its 32nd annual Excellence in Construction Awards on Thursday evening.

The Hinman Co.’s scaled-back hotel project in the city’s central business district received a financial boost this morning.

GRAND RAPIDS — HopCat’s 17th location overall — and its second in Grand Rapids — comes as an “experiment” of sorts for the growing chain of craft beer-focused restaurants.

GRAND RAPIDS — The first thing you should know about me is that I really dislike heights. I didn’t make it 200 feet into an attempt to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and I once nearly had a nervous breakdown on an outdoor patio of a 36th-floor condo.

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 16:59

GRBJ, GR Magazine acquired by Detroit-area firm

A Southeast Michigan publisher has acquired the Grand Rapids Business JournalGrand Rapids Magazine and other titles from Gemini Corp.

As a veteran attorney representing Michigan cities, townships and villages, Mark Nettleton says his clients mostly find themselves on solid fiscal footing these days. The Mika Meyers PLC attorney believes the state’s municipalities have learned the lessons of the Great Recession and are now investing conservatively in large infrastructure projects and working to ensure they’re complying with increased state mandates around the proper funding of legacy benefits. He spoke with MiBiz about the fiscal health of the state’s many local units of government.

While Detroit’s record-setting municipal bankruptcy may be a distant memory, many business leaders around the state still view the financial health of Michigan’s municipalities as a potential ticking time bomb.

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