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Elijah Brumback

Elijah Brumback

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The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is trying to dispel rumors by letting developers and community officials know money is still available for redevelopment projects.

KALAMAZOO — The “Pardon Our Progress” signs are up at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites as it undergoes a massive remodel — a first for the guest rooms in almost 10 years.

Imagine what Southwest Michigan would be like if it were really a bedroom community for Chicago. That could happen if a proposed high-speed rail project falls into place, but experts caution it could be years before it takes shape.

Rumors of a downtown movie theater could be closer to reality following a deal announced today, April 11.

GRAND RAPIDS — One of West Michigan’s public companies has been acquired in a $625 million deal.

X-Rite Inc. (NASDAQ:XRIT) today announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement with Danaher (NYSE: DHR) under which Danaher will acquire the company for $5.55 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $625 million including the assumption of debt, net of cash. The offer is 39 percent above X-Rite’s closing share price of $4.00 on April 9.

In West Michigan, natural resources — especially those associated with water — are essential to the economic health of the region.

A new program not only helps members of the community to find affordable housing, but it also serves as a vehicle to teach other people the skills they need for a successful career in the construction industry.

WEST MICHIGAN — The Ann Arbor-based Clean Energy Coalition wants Michigan to be prepared for more electric vehicles on the road.

When Priority Health decided to reshape its customer service arm, the company looked to the Disney Institute for advice.

The day of reckoning will be upon us soon if we don’t address the federal budget deficit, and it’s up to business leaders to push Congress on the issue. That was the dour and instructive message delivered to West Michigan business leaders on Tuesday by former U.S. Comptroller David M. Walker at an event sponsored by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Walker, who served under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, on Tuesday gave the keynote address, “Living on Borrowed Time: Solving America’s Debt Crisis,” at the event held at the Amway Grand Plaza.

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