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West Michigan’s economy continued its positive growth pattern in September. WGVU breaks down the numbers in the recent Supply Management Research survey.

“This trend has continued through September and it appears right now to probably continue through the fall and possibly even into the next year.” That’s Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. He explains there are two areas of strength. The first is a rebound in auto sales both new and used.

Kent ISD's 'Launch U' program launches in August

Jul 28, 2017

It’s safe to say that most teens probably wouldn’t want to go to high school for five years. But what if they were given an Associate’s Degree and an $85,000 a year job at the end of the five years if they did? That’s what is being offered to students in Kent County, as the Kent Intermediate School District is set to begin the first year of Launch U this August. 

In partnership with the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids officially opened “the Highlands,” Thursday, a 121-acre nature preserve adjacent to the center. Originally opened as a golf course over one hundred years ago, the sprawling 121-acre piece of land will now be a sanctuary of untouched West Michigan countryside, and a place for visitors to get out and explore in its natural state.

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Local businesses continue efforts mitigating cyber threats. We also update the U of M and Metro Health partnership six months into the affiliation and how creatives are navigating real estate supply and demand pressures.  

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We talk about a manufacturing slowdown and forecast the West Michigan economy for the remainder of 2017. Also, an analysis of drug costs and GVSU's new Design Thinking Academy.

$14.5M aviation factory opens in west Michigan

May 1, 2017

An aviation manufacturer has opened a $14.5 million factory in west Michigan so Muskegon-area workers can build engine parts for Boeing 777 airplanes. Johnson Technology's Brilliant Factory in Norton Shores held a grand opening Monday. A company release says the 35,000-square-foot facility links design, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, distribution and services into one system. The system collects and analyzes data to make the factory smarter, resulting in higher quality parts for the GE90 engine. J

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West Michigan’s economy returned to double-digit growth in February and that trend continued into March. WGVU breaks down the latest Supply Management Research survey.

Local First

Apr 11, 2017
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Guests from Local First talk about the first Measure What Matters Workshop coming in May.  Mieke Stoub joins us.

The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum annual luncheon happens Monday, to include keynote speaker Paul Murray, VP/sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Shaw Industries. We speak to Paul.

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MiBiz takes a closer look at how the Trump Administration's immigration policy will impact the West Michigan economy. Also, Grand Rapids-based MC Sports files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and Michigan's Tax Tribunal rules in favor of Spectrum Health in a property tax dispute with Grand Rapids Township.

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