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ArtPrize 2013 Made Big Economic Impact

Think of fall in Grand Rapids and ArtPrize quickly comes to mind.

ArtPrize has brought hundreds of thousands of visitors to downtown Grand Rapids and those visitors spent millions of dollars in 2013.

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2014 Expected to Bring Job Growth to Ottawa County

Ottawa County experienced job growth in 2013.

That trend is expected to continue in 2014.

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Experts Say ‘Grand Rapids Has Fully Recovered From The Recession’

This morning economic experts looked at the year Grand Rapids had in 2013 and took a look ahead.

Both are looking good!

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Michigan Home Construction Expected To Increase 39% In 2013

Good news for Michigan home builders.

The Home Builders Association of Michigan projects a 39% increase in the construction of single-family home construction compared to 2012.

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Real Proof! The Economic Recovery IS Happening In Grand Rapids!

Mart Twain said it best: There are lies, damned lies and statistics. THESE statistics are not lies, however, and paint a slightly rosier picture of the economic state we in Grand Rapids are in.

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Grand Rapids Economy Projected To Grow In 2013

West Michigan is expected to see overall economic growth in 2013.

The growth is projected to be lead by the manufacturing and service industries.

Not all industries are expected to experience growth.

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What New Favorite Stores Or Restaurants Have You Discovered While Visiting ArtPrize?

ArtPrize is fun to visit, but for business owners it is much more.  It's a chance to earn business and find some new loyal customers.

What new favorite stores or restaurants have you discovered while visiting ArtPrize?

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Gas Prices in West Michigan are Coming Down

What's going on here?  Is this a mirage?  West Michigan gas prices are averaging $3.70 to start the week, a nearly 20-cent drop from a week ago.

The "so-called" experts were predicting doom-and-gloom with prices possibly hitting $5 a gallon by summer.  Well, not so.  In fact, this represents a 45-cent drop from a year ago. Gas was $3.51 at some stations in Cedar Springs and Sparta on this morning, according to GrandRapidsGasPrices.com.

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Home Prices Are Heading For A Triple Dip, As If One Weren’t Enough?

I'm starting to wonder if my decision to buy a house, my first by the way, back in 2003 was such a good idea after all:-)  Actually I've been working extra hard so I can stay in my house.  I do ask myself daily though, when is this all going to end

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Using A Big Mac To Learn Economics

Earlier today, I was blogging about comfort food. Fat food that makes us feel better. Did you know we could use a Big Mac to make us smarter? Researchers have come up with a Big Mac scale to measure th

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Gas $5.00. Thems Fighting Words.

So the economy has improved by a micro dollar.  Baby steps at best.  Am I the only one really, really concerned about the threats of $5 dollar gasoline.   The way I remember it, gas prices at $4 bucks two years almost put America in depression

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