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All eyes of municipal financial executives in West Michigan and across the state this week will focus on Oakland County.

A proposed new development could help solve one of the Muskegon’s nagging problems: its lack of density in the downtown area to support a thriving retail sector.

MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 19, 2013

Written by | Sunday, 18 August 2013 23:07 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 19, 2013: 

As construction ramps up for a new bus rapid transit line in greater Grand Rapids, the area’s regional transit authority is busy studying whether it should implement a similar system along its route with the highest ridership.

MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 5, 2013

Written by | Sunday, 04 August 2013 22:25 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 5, 2013: 

Saddled with an aging workforce and an inability to find skilled workers, manufacturers on the lakeshore have partnered with educational leaders to create a new program designed to excite students about careers in manufacturing and create a self-replenishing talent pool.

‘Hunting’ for business?

Written by | Sunday, 04 August 2013 22:00 |

One of the unfortunate results of the jobs and incentives race of the past decade has been the increased focus on business attraction as a magic bullet for economic growth. If there is one thing I have learned in the past 25 years as an economic development professional, it is that there are no magic bullets for economic growth.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 22, 2013: 

The rapid pace of West Michigan’s economic recovery has been widely reported, but some questions still remain.

MiBiz Growth Report: July 8, 2013

Written by | Sunday, 07 July 2013 20:00 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 8, 2013:

Manufacturers in Southwestern Michigan have had access to powerful workforce development tools for years. The problem: Not many of the companies were familiar with the services the state made available to them.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for June 20, 2013:

West Michigan’s only natural, deep-water port has the capacity to handle increased freight traffic.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for June 10, 2013:

New research shows policymakers could be ignoring a huge and important segment of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers as they apportion budgets for higher education.

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