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In an early August primary election against three other candidates, Grand Rapids second ward city commissioner Rosalynn Bliss, 40, captured a majority (66 percent) of the vote, enough to avoid a runoff, secure a victory and become the city’s first female mayor. The mayor-elect will focus now on ensuring a smooth transition as the term-limited Mayor George Heartwell steps down in December.

A new statewide study aims to assess how creative industries contribute to the Michigan economy.

MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 3, 2015

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MiBiz Growth Report: July 6, 2015

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WEST MICHIGAN — Legislation awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval could triple the number of communities that use a special type of tax-increment financing to attract high-tech development and innovation.

GRAND RAPIDS — A key change in managerial structure could position Gerald R. Ford International Airport for future growth and stronger regional representation.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for June 22, 2015.

LUDINGTON — John Wilson hopes to foster the spirit of entrepreneurism in Ludington. If the new $50,000 business plan competition he’s sponsoring ends up creating a new business in the lakeshore community, all the better.

Two bills before the state Legislature highlight a contentious debate over how and in what capacity governmental bodies should regulate the so-called sharing economy.

In light of legislative attempts to break through the regulatory patchwork businesses face in communities throughout Michigan, some local government officials are asking whether the state has too many layers of government in the first place.

West Michigan’s business outlook continues to improve, but local economic development officials see a potentially tumultuous time ahead for their statewide partners at the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Proposed legislation intended to improve Michigan’s business climate faces strong opposition from officials in local government who say it will have the opposite effect and thwart their ability to exercise local control.

MACKINAC ISLAND — While Southeast Michigan leaders at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference acknowledge that their region’s economy still has room for improvement, they’ve started to pivot from a focus on fixing immediate problems to tackling long-term solutions instead.

MiBiz Growth Report: June 8, 2015

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