Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

Women and Minorities in Grand Rapids are experiencing disparate economic outcomes according to two experts who spoke to city officials and community leaders earlier this week. 

Mark White and Randall Arthur, respectively of George Mason University and of the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, presented a study that shows women and minorities in Grand Rapids still experience economic inequity. Here’s Randall Arthur.

“There are certainly some challenges for residents of the neighborhoods within south and southwest of downtown.”

Snyder order creates literacy commission

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Michigan is trying again to improve the state’s dismal student literacy rate. Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order today creating the new commission.

Michigan has one of the nation’s worst literacy rates. Nearly half of all third graders in the state don’t read at grade level. That’s according to last year’s standardized student tests.

Anna Heaton is the governor’s press secretary. She says trend is moving in the wrong.

“We’re not getting better. We’re actually falling further behind.”

Michigan casinos working to end human trafficking

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A southwest Michigan casino is trying to help fight human trafficking.

Over the past year, the Firekeepers Human Trafficking Awareness Program has been working to fight human trafficking in its casino and hotel. The program provides training to employees on how to spot and report possible human trafficking.

   Two directors of the training program were at the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission meeting, including Sam Abdo (Ab – DOE). He says Firekeepers hopes to expand the program.

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Project Fresh, a program at Kent County’s Health Department, is working to provide Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables to some of its clients.

"Eating healthy can be expensive, and it’s hard sometimes to get fresh fruits and vegetables."

Abbey Bishop is the department’s WIC supervisor.

She says they’re providing clients of the special supplemental nutrition program (SNAP) the opportunity to get fresh fruits and vegetables from area farmers markets.

She says programs like this are very important.

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A three-state fair housing complaint against a property management company filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has its roots in west Michigan.

WGVU speaks with Elizabeth Stoddard and Nancy Haynes at the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan to learn more about the complaint, and what housing issues they see locally.

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Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

Women and Minorities in Grand Rapids are experiencing disparate economic outcomes according to two experts who spoke to city officials and community leaders earlier this week. 

Mark White and Randall Arthur, respectively of George Mason University and of the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, presented a study that shows women and minorities in Grand Rapids still experience economic inequity. Here’s Randall Arthur.

“There are certainly some challenges for residents of the neighborhoods within south and southwest of downtown.”

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Snyder order creates literacy commission

44 minutes ago

Michigan is trying again to improve the state’s dismal student literacy rate. Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order today creating the new commission.

Michigan has one of the nation’s worst literacy rates. Nearly half of all third graders in the state don’t read at grade level. That’s according to last year’s standardized student tests.

Anna Heaton is the governor’s press secretary. She says trend is moving in the wrong.

“We’re not getting better. We’re actually falling further behind.”

Michigan casinos working to end human trafficking

50 minutes ago

A southwest Michigan casino is trying to help fight human trafficking.

Over the past year, the Firekeepers Human Trafficking Awareness Program has been working to fight human trafficking in its casino and hotel. The program provides training to employees on how to spot and report possible human trafficking.

   Two directors of the training program were at the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission meeting, including Sam Abdo (Ab – DOE). He says Firekeepers hopes to expand the program.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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