Mayor Roslynn Bliss

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.  

Grand Rapids offering day work for homeless

Feb 6, 2017

Grand Rapids Officials are partnering with a homeless outreach organization Next Step of West Michigan to offer people holding signs and asking for a handout a chance to work for the day instead. The pilot program began in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been so successful that Grand Rapids Mayor Roslynn Bliss decided to give it a try here. Next Step program director Jonathan Peerboom says he was skeptical at first, but 90 percent of the people who are offered the work jump at the chance to take it.

201market.com / JLL

The City of Grand Rapids is looking for a developer to purchase what many consider a prime piece of downtown real estate.

Along the banks of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids is a city-owned property located at 201 Market Avenue SW.

15.8 acres of riverfront space the City of Grand Rapids is marketing to what it calls qualified development teams.

Its hired real estate firm JLL to identify a shortlist of these development teams with the financial and technical abilities to deliver a large-scale mixed-use project.

As protests have sprung up all over the country in oppossition to President Donald Trump's immigration ban, Grand Rapids mayor Rosalynn Bliss has issued a formal statement. Mayor Bliss began by saying that not only does she not support the ban, but that it does not reflect the character of the city. 

"I am disheartened and deeply concerned by the President’s executive order on immigrants and refugees," Mayor Bliss said in the written statement. "This does not reflect the values of our community." 

Grand Rapids Mayor kicks off Local First campaign

Jan 24, 2017

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and the City of Grand Rapids joined Local First and the West Michigan B Corp community Tuesday afternoon to launch “Good for Grand Rapids,” a campaign that brings together a growing number of West Michigan companies as a force for good.

“Local first is an incredible organization in our community, and they are absolutely essential to supporting small locally own businesses,” Mayor Bliss told WGVU.

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.