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Elijah Brumback

Elijah Brumback

Staff Writer

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Lawmakers in Lansing this year will be focusing on policies that will help secure Michigan’s energy future.

After years of talking about plans for a new business dedicated to a unique blend of architectural design, one father-son duo have decided the time is right to hang out their own shingle in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids economy experienced broad-based growth across a range of sectors and performed well against peer regions in 2013, said George Erickcek, senior regional analyst for the Kalamazoo-based W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

An active participant in the statewide discussion of energy and the environment, Grand Rapids attorney Bruce Goodman serves as secretary for the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council and is a founding member of the West Michigan Energy Group.

Before joining Newmark Grubb Cressy & Everett, Hurley served as real estate officer at Macatawa Bank. Prior to that, he was a commercial broker at several West Michigan firms.

The real estate and development industry along with the related construction and design sectors continue to claw their way back to recovery.

A Chicago-based developer of office and industrial sites across West Michigan is in the process of purchasing the firm’s second downtown Grand Rapids office building in the last two years.

A year after losing the Waters Building to foreclosure, the formers owners of the landmark property in downtown Grand Rapids are one step closer to buying it back.

Two major West Michigan philanthropic organizations will soon be neighbors in a newly renovated building in downtown Grand Rapids.

A broad discussion on the practice of tax increment finance (TIF) taking place in Lansing could create new implications for both counties and municipalities that rely on the tool for economic development.

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