Gerald R. Ford International Airport is on pace to set a passenger record in 2017.

The end of 2017’s second quarter is in the books, and the folks keeping track of passenger activity at Gerald R. Ford International airport are taking notice of a record setting year.

It began back in March with the single busiest month in airport history. Then, last month, it checked in as the busiest June on record with the number of passengers up nearly 5.6 percent year-over-year. And that helped to cap off the busiest second quarter and first half ever recorded at GFIA.


The West Michigan economy in October entered into what is being described as a slow, shallow growth period. What’s causing the flattening?

The October economic slowdown was triggered by a slowdown in auto sales and that’s impacting local parts suppliers.

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The West Michigan economy, while still positive, backtracked a bit in August. That’s the finding for the August Supply Management Research survey. Its author attributes it to the “summer doldrums.”


The West Michigan economy has been stuck in a slow growth pattern. The economic data from the month of May’s Supply Management Research survey indicates the local economy has turned to “flat growth.”

May was a rough month for U.S. auto sales. General Motors sales fell 18 percent and Ford dropped six percent from a year earlier. Domestic and foreign automakers experienced declines.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University tells us the May auto report has turned West Michigan’s economy flat.

The first of West Michigan’s economic data for the New Year has been analyzed and January’s Supply Management Research survey describes the growth as “slowing to a crawl.” WGVU takes a look at the numbers.

“The numbers that we have coming in are just very barely positive and some of them are just slightly negative but on the average we have to say that the economy in West Michigan is flat.”

That’s Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.