Mayor Roslynn Bliss

Report: Clean energy jobs on the rise in Michigan

Sep 22, 2017

According to a recently published study, jobs in the clean energy industry are on the rise in West Michigan. The 2017 clean jobs report released earlier this month found that Michigan is home to 92,000 clean energy jobs, and 6500 of those are based in in Kent County. Clean Energy Industry officials gathered Thursday morning in Grand Rapids to highlight the report at non-profit A Renewable America

The Grand Rapids City Commission has approved a new major forestry initiative they say will improve public safety. Grand Rapids forestry officials are set to begin removing nearly 1600 trees in the city after Commissioners voted to move forward with the initiative. Labeled as priority 1, the trees have been identified as potentially posing a threat to public safety, says Park Superintendent Joe Sulak. 

After serving 8 years as Grand Rapids City Manager, Greg Sundstrom announced he will be retiring at the end of this year. Sundstrom penned an official letter to Mayor Rosalynn Bliss saying he would not seek a new contract after his current one expires on December 31st. While the contract as city manager is on a year by year basis, Sundstrom’s 8 years of service makes him the City’s third-longest serving City Manager. He says seeing Grand Rapids through the recession is what he is most proud of during his tenure.

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The City of Grand Rapids is reopening two if its parks this week. Call it a nearly $1 million refreshing.

Grand Rapids Campau Park is now new and improved with the addition of a splashpad and new playground. That along with renovations to the restroom facility, walking path, drinking fountain, benches bike rack, trash cans and landscaping add up to $650,000 in improvements.

In response to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss has joined mayors across the country who are pledging to continue their efforts to fight climate change. In an open letter from the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda - a group known as the Climate Mayors, the group pledged to continue reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting federal and global policymaking. So far, more than 200 Mayors across the US have contributed their signature to the letter. 

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.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the city of Grand Rapids with two grants that will go towards improving racial and economic equity in the city’s poverty-stricken neighborhoods. City officials formerly accepted the Economic Connections Grant and the Racial Equity Initiative worth a total of $1.8 million last Tuesday at the City Commissioners' meeting. W.K. Kellogg Foundation program manager Yazeed Moore says the grant is a chance for Grand Rapids officials to make good on their promise of increasing racial equity in the city. 

Grand Rapids City Commission Report

Mar 31, 2017

The Grand Rapids City Commission met for their bi-monthly meeting this week, as city commissioners and Mayor Roslynn Bliss voted on a number of issues. Two infrastructure updates came out of the meeting—the commission officially awarded a contract to Dykema Excavators for the reconstruction of Michigan Street. The long awaited renovation to the crumbling stretch of road that runs from Monroe Avenue to Ionia Avenue will kick off this spring. City officials will spend 1.7 million dollars on the project that will restore one of the key entry points into downtown. 

City of Grand Rapids seeking volunteers to plant trees

Mar 20, 2017

  

Coinciding with the first official day of spring, the city of Grand Rapids announced Monday they have opened up volunteer registration for the 2017 Mayor’s Greening Initiative tree planting.

“There are so many benefits to trees, environmental benefits, quality of life, we know that there is really good data about the impact of trees on storm water runoff and air quality,” said Grand Rapids Mayor Roslynn Bliss.

Grand Rapids Mayor Roslynn Bliss gave her State of the City address yesterday, as the Mayor outlined progress made in her first year on the job as well as the challenges Grand Rapids must face moving forward. 

“To each of you in attendance and watching at home, your love for our city is key to our future. Working together, we will build on the chapters before us to make Grand Rapids a more vibrant, effective and inclusive city,” Bliss said.  

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