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thriving business climate and renewed interest in communities across West Michigan have sparked increased demand for event space throughout the region.

Published in Small Business

LANSING — Funding for arts and culture in Michigan received a $1 million bump for 2018. 

Published in Nonprofits

Cities with professional sports teams have an edge when trying to attract prospective visitors, but Grand Rapids continues to compete successfully without this added advantage.

Published in Nonprofits

While for-profit businesses get the bulk of the credit for West Michigan’s economic success, the role that local nonprofits play in the community’s health, wealth and wellbeing often goes under-reported and unrecognized. 

Published in Nonprofits

More than 12,000 amateur athletes and their traveling companions from around the Great Lakes will descend on greater Grand Rapids next summer when the region hosts the State Games of America.

Published in Design Build

A microbrewery could soon makes its way to Grand Rapids’ southeast side.

Published in In the News

Craft beer tourism contributes more than $12.2 million to the Kent County economy. That’s according to a new study from a trio of economics professors at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business that was commissioned by Experience Grand Rapids, the convention and visitors bureau for Kent County.

Published in Beer and wine

As ArtPrize visitors begin streaming into downtown Grand Rapids for the competition’s seventh year, the city’s tourism-based businesses already have plenty of good news to celebrate.

Published in Hospitality
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 16:48

Record summer for Kent County hotel occupancy

Kent County hotels experienced 81.2 percent occupancy in the month of July, a record for the county’s tourism industry according to Experience Grand Rapids (EXGR), an agency tasked with marketing the region.

Published in In the News

It turns out that Hollywood, like most other industries, doesn’t like uncertainty.

Published in Economic Development
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