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Kent’s “Financial Soundness” Applauded by Ratings Agencies

Kent’s “Financial Soundness” Applauded by Ratings Agencies
---------------------------------------NEWS RELEASE----------------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Kent County Administration) – Businesses and residents in Kent County are in good hands fiscally. Kent County remains financially strong, according to rating agencies Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s Investors Service. Both agencies affirmed the long-term Triple-A credit ratings– the highest possible – for the County. This represents the 16th consecutive year that Kent County has held the long-term Triple-A ratings from both agencies. Both S&P and Moody’s also affirmed the highest short-term credit ratings available for the County. S&P noted that Kent County has a history of strong financial management and commitment to meeting financialobligations. In addition, one S&P analyst called Kent County’s financial overview “. . .

My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Three development projects in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are getting state approval.

The Lofts on Michigan, LLC is being awarded a $2.45 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program loan to demolish the vacant building at 740 and 756 Michigan Street to build a four-story mixed use building.  The site’s first floor will be dedicated to commercial/retail businesses; the upper three floors will contain 54 apartments.  The project is expected to generate $15.2 million in investments and 15 permanent jobs.

The City of Grand Rapids is also getting $1.4 million to demolish 12 homes and replace them with four buildings containing 66 apartments.  The 600 Clancy Redevelopment project  will include asbestos abatement, site preparation activities and infrastructure improvements.  The project is expected to create $8 in investments and three full-time jobs.

Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families

Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families

LAST CHANCE FOR FREE TAX FILING ASSISTANCE FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

Walk-Ins Welcome April 12, 14 & 15

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 8, 2014 – IRS certified tax preparers and accounting students from Aquinas College, Davenport University and Cornerstone University will be joined by community volunteers to provide free tax preparation for people with incomes under $57,000 on April 12, 14 and 15.  Every year, millions of dollars in tax refunds and credits go unclaimed by those who need them the most.

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Looking for a job?  The list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is out.

The businesses are nominated by staff or community members.  Judges then whittle down the pool to 101 winners, based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and other categories.    This year’s winners are:

My Town: Photo contest for Grand Rapids Life Calendar

My Town: Photo contest for Grand Rapids Life Calendar

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Spring is just a few days away, but one local business is already looking ahead to 2015.

Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes is calling for photo submissions for its 2015 Grand Rapids Life Calendar.   Those who submit the winning photos will get a $50 cash prize.  Each local photographer can enter up to five photos taken after Jan. 1, 2010.  Each entry should come with a short story explaining the photo and how it relates to “Life around Grand Rapids.”

The winning photos will be selected by Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes, local professional photographers and Ad Shop.

You can find the complete contest rules and information here.  To submit your entries, email Lee Karelse at leekarelse@lifestorynet.com

My Town: Auto suppliers combine companies

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Grand Rapids metal stamping plant is changing hands.

GR Spring & Stamping is being bought up by Gill Industries, an auto supplier that’s been in the Grand Rapids community for 50 years.  The combined company will employ more than 1,500 people at facilities in eight locations, including Michigan.

"The combination strengthens the competitive position and long-term future of two Grand Rapids companies. Both companies have been part of the community for 50 years and we remain committed to it," says Gill CEO Richard Perreault.

Gill Industries was founded in 1964 and is located at 5271 Plainfield Ave. NE in Plainfield Township. GR Spring & Stamping was established in 1960 and has two facilities in Michigan, at 706 Bond Ave. in Grand Rapids and 2170 Avastar Parkway in Walker.

My Town Grand Rapids: Design class lets students design Grand Rapids' future

My Town Grand Rapids: Design class lets students design Grand Rapids' future