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Muskegon Community College receives its largest individual gift and names its new downtown center after donor.

Muskegon Community College’s Downtown Center has a name and it’s the Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center. The couple has a long history with Muskegon Community College. With much of their successes connected to MCC a $1.5 million donation was made during this week’s Board of Trustees meeting.

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Michigan State University officially opened its $88 million Grand Rapids Research with a ribbon cutting.

“One, two, three…”

Lead by Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, a giant green ribbon was cut opening the Medical School’s six-story, nearly 163,000-square-foot Grand Rapids Research Center.

“Imagine people who are thinking about things that we can’t yet imagine. Ideas that may work, they may not. But they’re all about trying to improve the quality of life.”

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How the new $88 million Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center will impact the local economy and a look at how family-owned businesses preserve their legacy.

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Millions of dollars in security improvements have been awarded to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Gerald R. Ford International Airport will receive more than $3.8 million dedicated to security improvements.

The money is a portion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The program receives $3 billion annually. The money is shared among the nation’s 3,300 eligible airports used for upgrading safety, security, capacity, and efficiency measures.

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The Grand Rapids organization responsible for the development of Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place Convention Center, Downtown Market and the renovation and expansion of the Civic Theatre’s Meijer Majestic Theatre, just to name a few, is putting its mission on hold.

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One of nine Michigan insurers planning to sell health insurance on the federal marketplace in 2018 no longer will do so.

Health Alliance Plan said Friday the move affects about 9,100 people. It says it's leaving because of uncertainties related to premium stabilization programs, enforcement of the requirement to have insurance and not knowing if the Trump administration will continue funding cost-sharing subsidies.

The insurer says it's prepared to re-enter the government market "if and when the individual market stabilizes."

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Lawmakers in Lansing are gearing up for a showdown over Michigan’s auto no-fault law. A group of Republicans and Democrats in the state House announced changes they plan to introduce.

They said their plan would make car insurance more affordable without limiting coverage.

The bipartisan group plans to introduce legislation that would, among other things, bar insurers from using factors like gender and zip code to set rates.

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Michigan voters polled are none to happy about the factors auto insurance companies use for setting premiums.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA conducted a survey on behalf of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. It wanted to know what voters thought about auto insurers using education level, marital status, employment and credit scores as determining factors.

For starters, 81 percent, an overwhelming majority believe they’re paying too much for auto insurance.

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Why has the Grand Rapids' downtown condominium market slowed? We take a closer look along with a new survey on business owner optimism.

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A Chinese furniture component manufacturer is expanding its U.S. presence into Cedar Springs. J-Star Motion Corporation, maker of office furniture industry linear motion and lifting systems, is investing $4.9 million into a new manufacturing facility at an existing site at 500 West Street in Cedar Springs.

Securing J-Star’s expansion into West Michigan was engineered by regional nonprofit economic development organization, The Right, with help from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

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