West Michigan Economic Forecast predicts 2018 growth, identifies challenges

There will be changes in the West Michigan economy in 2018. According to the West Michigan Economic Forecast, an annual report put out by the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University, 2018 is largely predicted to be a year of steady growth for businesses on this side of the state. Paul Isely, associate dean of the Seidman College of Business, worked closely with a team of economists in late 2017 to identify trends in the economy for the coming year, both good and bad. 

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Grand Valley State University hosts the President's Ball on Friday Feb. 3, 2017.

Annual Presidents' Ball to be held downtown at DeVos Place

A long-standing Laker Tradition is returning to Grand Valley State University this Friday.  The 2018 GVSU Presidents' Ball will take place Friday, Feb. 2, at the DeVos Place Ballroom in Grand Rapids. The event starts with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:15 p.m. and the dance starting at 8:30 p.m. The event will run until 12:30 a.m., but doors close at 11 p.m.

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Breaking down issues at The Knickerbocker

The Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) at Grand Valley State University prides itself on being able to provide opportunities for students to become civically engaged within their communities. One of the opportunities the CSLC is providing is The Knickerbocker Town Hall Series.

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GOP gubernatorial candidate announces Grand Rapids town hall

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who is running for the governor's seat in this year’s election, announced the first of a series of town halls on Thursday, Jan. 18. The event will take place in Grand Rapids on Monday, Jan. 29, at the Kent County Republican Committee building, located at 725 Lake Michigan Dr. NW. The event will begin at 7 p.m.  

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Grand Rapids sustainability manager to speak at GVSU

Given that 2017 ended as the second hottest year on record, questions remain about how cities are working to combat climate change at a local scale. Alison Sutter, sustainability manager for the city of Grand Rapids, will be at Grand Valley State University to address these questions and explain the city’s goals for a more sustainable future. The event will take place Monday, Jan. 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the L. William Seidman Center’s Loosemore Forum B, located on the Pew Campus.  

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Grand Valley celebrates the P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science with a dedication ceremony Friday, August 28th, 2015. The dedication recognized both Grand Valley and state officials that made the realization of this building possible.

GVSU awarded grant for high-tech innovation

In downtown Grand Rapids, anchored by the Van Andel Research Institute, is the Grand Rapids SmartZone. Created in 2001, it has been a pillar of technological innovation and research in West Michigan, empowering businesses and researchers to grow and make advancements in their fields. The SmartZone Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) has recently given Grand Valley State University a chance to experience that same technological growth, awarding them over $1 million for several initiatives and projects. 

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Kevin Callison and Leslie Muller will detail health trends for the area January 12 at the ninth annual West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast.

Panelists to discuss health-care trends in West Michigan

The Grand Valley State University Office of the Vice Provost for Health and the Seidman College of Business Alumni Association have teamed up to survey health-care trends in West Michigan. On Friday, Jan. 12, the results of these surveys will be compared to those from other parts of Michigan, as well as the national average.