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The site plan for Grand Rapids’ $40 million Plaza Roosevelt is unveiled. WGVU takes a look at the details

When completed, Plaza Roosevelt will be a mixed-use development situated on two Grand Rapids city blocks on the east side of Grandville Avenue between Graham and Franklin Streets. 

What has been four years in the making and dubbed a $40 million “Neighborhood-Driven Development,” Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is taking the lead.

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What is the best way to provide the highest quality and affordable health care to Americans? That was one of the questions posed by Kent County Democrats during a town hall meeting.

The Kent County Democratic Party hosted a town hall meeting at Grand Rapids’ Fountain Street Church Wednesday evening hosted by State Representative Winnie Brinks.

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We discuss a movement backed by some Grand Rapids entertainment district establishment owners pushing for laws allowing for open containers. Also, health care consumerism backed by health insurance providers.

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.

Michigan State House Minority Leader Sam Singh along with a number of other Democrats held press conferences across Michigan this week to introduce a “Health Care Bill of Rights” to resist Congressional Republican health care cuts that have already passed in the U.S. House.

Michigan health forecast for 2017

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West Michigan Health Officials met at Grand Valley State University this morning to discuss the state of Michigan’s health as well as what health care in 2017 might look like under a Donald Trump administration. The eight edition of Health Check: Analyzing Trends in West Michigan brought leaders from Spectrum, Mercy and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services together for a panel discussion to a large audience.

Metro Health began its affiliation with the University of Michigan Thursday morning with a celebration at Metro Health’s Professional Building in Wyoming. The affiliation with the University of Michigan now aligns the health care provider with one of the largest hospital brands in the state, and cements Metro Health as a major provider in West Michigan.

Metro Health’s President and CEO Michael Fass says, the affiliation with the University will give residents in the region increased access to cutting-edge health care and university specialists.

By the year 2022, west Michigan’s health care industry will grow by 23 percent requiring an additional 55,000 jobs. That’s the projection from the Michigan Bureau of Labor Statistics. Area colleges and universities are positioned to help train health care professionals.

This week, Grand Rapids Community has been awarded millions of dollars through a federal grant supporting its health care programs. Grand Rapids Community College is receiving $6 million through the U.S. Labor Department's America's Promise grant competition. It is distributing $111 million nationwide.

We discuss health care open enrollment that begins Tuesday. Kelly Syren of Associated Insurance Design, shares her thoughts on the Affordable Care Act, tax credits, benefit enhancements and deadlines.

Health Insurance open enrollment begins Nov 1 and we discuss the best ways to prepare here in Michigan. A recent survey reminds us to P.R.E.P., Prepare, Review, Evaluate and Pick.  Dr. Ken Thorpe from the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease joins us to share the information.