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Student-run portfolio outperforms S&P 500
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:00:00 -0500
An investment portfolio run by a group of university students has outperformed the S&P 500 index this semester — and for “several years.”

Furniture dealer develops showroom downtown
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:30:00 -0500
An office furniture dealer is developing a new multi-purpose space that will allow it to be part of “the downtown Grand Rapids creative community.”

Snyder proposes 7-percent sales tax for roads
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:00:00 -0500
LANSING — Michigan voters would be asked to approve a 1-percentage-point hike in the 6-percent state sales tax as part of an estimated $1.6-billion road- and school-funding deal announced Thursday by Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders.

Economic Development Office

The EDO coordinates and implements the economic development services offered by the City of Kentwood, including the following:

  • Makes contact with the business community through business retention and expansion calls, coordinating with The Right Place, Inc. and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
  • Provides information on state economic development programs that affect the Kentwood business community.
  • Reviews and approves loans to businesses through the Kentwood Economic Development Corporation.
  • Provides information to city officials regarding economic development issues affecting the City.
  • Provides assistance to businesses for programs such as Public Act 198 tax abatements and other incentives.
  • Prepares marketing materials for the City.
  • Provides city officials with feedback from the business community through the annual Business Forum.
  • Provides staff support for the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.


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