Patrick Center

Patrick  joined WGVU in December, 2008, after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News Director, Patrick manages our daily news operation. An award winning reporter, Patrick is an EMMY Award nominee and was named Best Individual Reporter by the Michigan Associated Press and presented with the Best Individual Reporter Merit Award by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. . He remains loyal to his boyhood professional sports teams: Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers. Although he grew up in the "buckeye" state, he has fallen in love with the people and natural resources of West Michigan.

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A look at a Michigan health & Hospital Association report on how Medicaid expansion has helped reduce bad debt.  

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Grand Valley State University is purchasing Ferris Coffee and Nut’s downtown Grand Rapids facility. GVSU says this is where it plans to grow its engineering curriculum.

Grand Valley State University is paying Ferris Coffee and Nut $6.5 million for its Winter Avenue facility. This will be the home of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing’s Design and Innovation Center. The university says the current structure is move-in ready. With more than 63,000 square feet of space.

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The Economic Club of Grand Rapids has been naming a Business Person of the Year for nearly three decades. The first recipient of the award honoring leaders contributing to, and supportive of, the West Michigan business community dates back to Richard DeVos in 1988.

This week, for the first time, a women has been bestowed the honor. Since 1987, Birgit Klohs has guided regional nonprofit economic development organization,The Right Place.

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We talk about a manufacturing slowdown and forecast the West Michigan economy for the remainder of 2017. Also, an analysis of drug costs and GVSU's new Design Thinking Academy.

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West Michigan’s economy continued to outperform during the month of May. WGVU breaks down the latest Supply Management Research survey.

The employment rate across much of West Michigan is a clear sign of economic strength.

“When we have Ottawa County at 2.1 percent unemployment and all of Kent County at 2.4 percent unemployment we have to conclude that the employment situation has improved and the unemployment situation is much, much better than it was at the peak of this recession.”

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President Jimmy Carter is this year’s recipient of the Gerald R. Ford medal for distinguished public service. In Washington D.C. from the Capitol Hill Club, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation presented former U.S. President Jimmy Carter with the Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

Monday evening during the annual reception and dinner, guests witness Carter accepting the medal from his Atlanta, Georgia office via video.

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President Donald Trump says America's withdrawal from the Paris climate change accord, “Is less about the climate and more about other countries obtaining a financial advantage over the United States."

The President would later say the U.S. could try to re-enter the international climate agreement sealed in Paris if the deal were more favorable to Americans.

Last week prior to U.S. Representative Justin Amash’s town hall meeting held at Grand Rapids’ Ottawa Hills High School, WGVU spoke with the Cascade Township republican about the President’s decision.

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U.S. Representative Justin Amash is home this week visiting Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. He’s hosting a town hall meeting tonight in Battle Creek. Last night the Cascade Township republican held a public forum at Grand Rapid’s Ottawa Hills High School auditorium. Before the event began, WGVU sat down for a one-on-one interview with Congressman Amash discussing health care and how he approaches his constituents attending what have lately become heated town hall meetings.

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Former Steelcase CEO, Jim Hackett, now Ford Motor Company's CEO. Grand Valley State University preparing young entrepreneurs with pitch competition. Detroit law firm moving to Grand Rapids market.

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The Art of Rube Goldberg exhibit is open at the Grand Rapids Art Museum through August 27, 2017. GRAM says the exhibition is "Marking the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Goldberg's work since 1970."

Ron Platt is Chief Curator at the GRAM explaining how all the moving pieces in Goldberg's mind and drawing work.

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