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The Laker Line has officially been given the green light with the approval of government funding. The Laker Line operating primarily along Lake Michigan Drive (M-45) will replace The Rapid’s Route 50 with bus rapid transit between Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus and downtown Grand Rapids Pew Campus – and – the Cooke Devos Center for Health Sciences along the Medical Mile.

WGVU spoke with the U.S. Representative who helped secure its funding.

“We think this is a justifiable expense that will really benefit the community.”

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The first survey for 2018 has been recorded and the West Michigan economy is off to a better than expected start. The national and local economies are heating up with the passage of federal tax reform.

“We knew that the tax cuts would have a positive effect on the economy and stock market but because the markets seem to be hungry for some reason for optimism the growth turned out to be a little bit higher in response to the tax bill that finally did get passed and finally is being implemented.”

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Grand Rapids Medical Mile will receive some parking relief come the year 2021. What is currently a pair of surface parking lots owned by Grand Valley State University and Spectrum Health System will be transformed into a six-level parking decking with room for more than 1,200 parking spaces.

The parking deck at 333 Michigan Street is a part of GVSU’s $70 million construction next to Grand Valley's Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. The new building will house health professions and nursing programs.

More than 65,000 veterans call West Michigan home. Within Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan Counties, 77 percent are without a bachelor's degree.

Grand Valley State University is working to change those figures celebrating the opening of its Veterans Upward Bound Center. This is where veteran students can find assistance working toward completing their postsecondary educations.

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John Canepa, one of Grand Rapids business leaders and philanthropists who help lead the charge reshaping the city skyline and rejuvenating the downtown business district has died. WGVU pays tribute.

Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place, The Meijer Majestic Theater, MSU Medical School and Grand Rapids Downtown Market are considered quality of life game changers advancing the city. They are projects spearheaded by Grand Action Committee co-chairs Dick DeVos, David Frey and John Canepa.

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The Civil War came to an end more than 150 years ago. Today, communities are debating the preservation or removal of Civil War monuments.

Christy S. Coleman is CEO of the American Civil War Museum. As a guest of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and its Division of Inclusion and Equity, Coleman presented “How Shall We Remember?”

“Around this conversation, this debate, about confederate statuary in particular, part of the challenge is that we have to unpack when they’re put up and why?”

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One in 10 workers in the United States in employed by some form of philanthropy. With changes coming to the field in 2018 what can nonprofits expect?

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University has identified 11 trends.

Executive Director Kyle Caldwell discusses those trends and how to best understand their impacts.

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West Michigan’s economy wrapped up 2017 with what is described as “solid growth” in December. WGVU takes a look at the number from last month’s Supply Management Research survey. The trajectory gives its author a good idea of what the local economy may bring in 2018.

“The general feeling is we could hit 3.5 percent growth rate as far as the year 2018 is concerned.”

Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

“This will be our best year if this in turn comes to pass.”

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Grand Rapids continues to be a national leader in discovering a possible cure for Parkinson’s disease.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Van Andel Research Institute, Rush University and Grand Valley State University researches with a $500,000 grant to continue work on a genetic modification identified and developed at GVSU.

“That money is used to test an a agent that we have developed in our lab.”

Merritt DeLano-Taylor is associate professor of biomedical sciences at Grand Valley State University.

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Grand Valley State University’s New Music Ensemble cracked NPR’s list of Top 100 Songs of 2017 with its song Glass Surface composed by Daniel Rhode.

What is it about the music drawing national praise?

We talk with Bill Ryan who is director of GVSU's New Music Ensemble.

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