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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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As a city consisting of 20 different neighborhood business districts, the traditional, top-down economic development model isn’t always scaleable in Grand Rapids’ unique neighborhoods.

A group of business and political leaders had the opportunity to meet with Kazuyuki Katayama, the Consul-General of Japan in Detroit during his Aug. 12 trip to Grand Rapids.

Sunday, 17 August 2014 22:00

Q&A: Jonathan Wilson, Muskegon County

As the recently appointed economic development coordinator for Muskegon County, Jonathan Wilson aims to leverage the area’s assets to further grow investment. Wilson will also staff the Muskegon County Port Advisory Committee, represent the county on the local Workforce Development Board and create partnerships with a number of people and organizations across the region. The Grand Valley State University graduate has a background in marketing and business development. Wilson spoke with MiBiz about the challenges and opportunities of his newly formed position.

Judging by the second quarter real estate market reports from Colliers International’s West Michigan office, the region can expect to see reasonable growth and increasing rents in the months ahead.

Grand Rapids’ next neighborhood mixed-use development is one step closer to breaking ground.

Global consumer products company Newell Rubbermaid Inc. selected Kalamazoo as the site of its new corporate design center because of the strong concentration of designers in the region. Now, local officials hope to leverage the company’s presence to lure more design-related businesses to Southwest Michigan.

For Tom Nemitz and his associates at Grand Rapids-based Cornerstone Architects Inc. PC, business has seen a noticeable uptick in the first half of the year.

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