City of Grand Rapids

The city of Grand Rapids is looking for young adults ages 15 to 24 to enroll in the LEAD program that will help connect them with a summer job. Created by former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell in 2010, the LEAD program is an acronym for leadership, employment, achievement and direction. Facilitated by city run Our Communities Children, the program provides young people training in civic engagement, leadership and employability skills. 

Founders Brewing Company and the City of Grand Rapids unveiled a new partnership on Monday that will convert the 80 to 100 thousand gallons of wastewater Founders pours down the drain each day into renewable energy. Grand Rapids Mayor Roslynn Bliss said the effort will bring the city closer to her goal of running on 100% renewable energy by 2025.

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Three Grand Rapids-based affordable housing construction projects just received more than 7 million dollars in federal housing tax credits.  City officials say the tax credits are important in helping the projects come to life and provide much needed housing.

“So at a time when community is, we’ll be able to deliver over 164 units over the next 12 – 24 months.”

Grand Rapids Police recruiting volunteers

Jan 16, 2017
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The Grand Rapids Police Department announced that its expanding its volunteer program and is now accepting applications from citizens who are interested in becoming a member of the GRPD Police Volunteer Program.

Police officials said the program is an opportunity for adults to invest back into the community.

Grand Rapids City Commission Report

Jan 11, 2017

The Grand Rapids City Commission held its first meeting of 2017 yesterday, as commissioners voted on a number of ordinances for the new year. 

Kicking off the meeting was an amendment to 2017's Budget, as The Income Tax Department has determined that the city would best be served by eliminating Chase Bank processing costs in exchange for the addition of an Income Tax Specialist position to their personal roster. Officials say the new position would save the city around $146,000 in the new budget. 

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The City of Grand Rapids is adopting a plan upgrading its city street system.

Grand Rapids has approved a plan for making its street system more accessible, inviting and safe.

Downtown Grand Rapids

A new study commissioned by Grand Action suggests Grand Rapids’ DeVos Place Convention Center is prime for expansion. It’s one of a number of recommendations found in the “Grand Rapids Destination Asset Study.”

Grand Action is the business-based nonprofit behind the construction of Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place and the Downtown Market. Continuing its visionary planning it reached out to CSL of Minneapolis to take stock of the areas current assets, what attracts visitors and the competitiveness of the Grand Rapids market.

Darlene O'Neal

Oct 6, 2016
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Grand Rapids' City Clerk Darlene O'Neal reminds residents of the register to vote deadline.  And, hundreds of trees are set for planting throughout Grand Rapids this fall. Darlene joins us this morning.

The City of Grand Rapids has named its new fire chief.

John Lehman will lead the Grand Rapids Fire Department. After an extensive, five-month nationwide search, including community meetings, the Fire Chief Selection Committee determined Lehman’s skills set was best suited for replacing retired Chief Laura Knapp.

The 32-year old recently retired as fire chief from the City of Aurora, Illinois with a population of roughly 200,000 residents.