West Michigan News

February 10, 2011
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has awarded $200,000 in grant monies to fuel the continued development of two Grand Valley State University incubator programs for life sciences, high technology and alternative energy startups.

Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, Education, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Innovation, LifeSciences, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

February 10, 2011
The 134-year-old Bissell Homecare, Inc. has launched a new think tank in Grand Rapids' Old North Boundary building -- a venture focused on leveraging Bissell's core competencies for innovative new business opportunities that will grow the company's global market.
Category: Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Home, Innovation, Technology, WestMichigan

February 03, 2011
Malikah Pimpleton had an idea, a business plan and cash flow projections for a take-and-bake pizzeria -- take-and-bake meaning that low-income individuals could purchase a pizza using EBT because it would not be considered prepared food, as in a traditional parlor. Pimpleton was in her early thirties and on her way to a master's degree in business administration at Cornerstone University. She even had an "employee" who would volunteer several hours a week -- her mom, Betty Pimpleton.

Category: Community, Entrepreneurship, Food, GrandRapids, Innovation, Technology, WestMichigan

January 27, 2011
When you offer a reward, it serves as a catalyst. The process through which competitors go to become the winner of that reward, and the community engagement and conversation that occurs because of that process, is the hidden value.

Category: Community, Education, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Innovation, Technology, WestMichigan

December 16, 2010
Four buildings in the 100 block of East Michigan Avenue built in the 1800s in downtown Kalamazoo will maintain the look of their historical past as they are outfitted with modern amenities by Mavcon, a Kalamazoo-based developer and general contractor.

Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, Innovation, Kalamazoo, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

December 16, 2010
Two Kalamazoo-area businesses will receive assessments designed to help them develop greener business practices now that they have joined Western Michigan University's green manufacturing initiative.

Category: AlternativeEnergy, Education, Innovation, Kalamazoo, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

November 18, 2010
It's reported to be the most technologically advanced building on Grand Valley State University's Allendale campus and features an automated storage retrieval system (ASRS) that enables the school to house tens of thousands of books in a fraction of the space required by traditional library shelving.

Construction on the $70 million Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons begins May 5, 2011, and project leaders at Pioneer Construction are in the throes of wrapping up subcontractor vetting for the proposed LEED-NC Platinum facility.
Category: Community, Education, GrandRapids, Innovation, Technology, WestMichigan

October 28, 2010
After opening the nation's first LEED-certified public transit station in 2004 and introducing Grand Rapids' first hybrid electric bus in 2004, The Rapid continues on its route to creating a greener city with its plan for LEED certification of a $32 million expansion of its Wealthy Operations Center.

Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

October 28, 2010
Brighton-based McKenzie Bay International launched 12 years ago as a mining company, then made the switch in 2004 to alternative energy. The company eventually ran out of money and a major wind turbine project stalled, but President and CEO Kevin Cook says the firm has not only rebounded but has re-launched as an alternative and renewable energy "research and development visionary."

Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

September 09, 2010
The City of Grand Rapids approved two proposed development projects with a combined investment cost of $39 million for brownfield redevelopment tax abatements last week.

Category: Community, GrandRapids, Healthcare, LifeSciences, Technology, WestMichigan
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