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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 15:23

Monthly index: Tariffs pinching economy

West Michigan’s economy “is beginning to feel the pinch” from trade tariffs imposed by President Trump, according to a monthly industrial activity index.

Published in In the News

Fluctuating water levels remain a fact of life along the West Michigan coast and for inland lakes.

Published in Economic Development

GRAND RAPIDS — If people of color continue to be underrepresented in Michigan’s philanthropic and nonprofit sector, industry leaders fear the funding, programs and services they provide might fail to reach people who most need it.

Published in Nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS — Creating a level playing field for people of color in Michigan who want to pursue careers in the health care sector will lay the foundation for their success and the state’s future economic growth. 

Published in Health Biz

New issues have become top of mind for West Michigan economic developers and economists.

Published in Economic Development

Brian Long anticipated by now to see proof that the U.S. economy had started to flatten out. 

Published in Economic Development

To combat some of the truck driver shortages, large trucking companies are offering sign-on bonuses at rates as high as $5,000 to $10,000, according to Laidler. While Columbian Logistics doesn’t offer signing bonuses, the company is considering the incentive, he said, adding that firms need to “cater to the indirect desires of the driver.”

Despite interviews with countless possible candidates over a period of months, Columbian Logistics Network Inc. continues to struggle to find qualified truck drivers in West Michigan. 

Published in Manufacturing

GRAND RAPIDS — In offering increased transit service along one of West Michigan’s densest employment corridors, Grand Rapids officials hope to fulfill a goal of one of the city’s key urban planning documents.

Published in Economic Development

GRAND RAPIDS — Facing the possibility of higher metal costs, the largest manufacturer in the office furniture industry has reached out to the federal government for relief. 

Published in Manufacturing

Dan Brookhouse can’t stress enough to his control engineering students that automation is the future for the manufacturing industry. 

Published in Education
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