West Michigan

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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West Michigan’s economy continued its strong performance in April. The Supply Management Research survey indicates the local economy will remain robust into the summer months reinforcing the area’s low unemployment.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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West Michigan’s 2018 economy got off to a strong start in January and February was even better.

Traditionally, West Michigan’s economy experiences the winter blues in February. It either flattens out or slides just a bit, but not this year. Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business. He explains with the recent passage of the tax law the local economy accelerated backed by firms specializing in capital equipment or export.

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President Donald Trump says "we're not backing down" on his push to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum despite criticism from fellow Republicans. WGVU’s Patrick Center spoke with an economics professor about those tariffs - and the potential for a trade war – and what its impact could have on Michigan consumers and industry.

“Here in Michigan we make cars. We’re good a t making cars. We make a lot of them.”

Dr. Paul Isely is currently the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

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Owners of West Michigan cideries and distilleries talk about growth and appeal. Hospital systems seeking savings are disrupting the health care sector with innovative ideas.

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MiBiz senior writer Mark Sanchez focuses on mergers and acquisitions in 2018.

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Despite gains made by early-stage startups, MiBiz senior writer Mark Sanchez takes a closer look at funding gaps making it difficult for these startups to find capital.

The Grand Rapids area is one of dozens of North American cities competing to land Amazon's second headquarters. Birgit Klohs, President of regional economic development organization The Right Place, says her organization recently submitted a 108-page proposal to the online shopping giant in the hopes of luring Amazon to West Michigan.

Klohs recently spoke with WGVU, and discussed how crafting the proposal was different from other applications.  

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