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Growing industry invests in Grand Rapids’ brighter future

West side brewers are crafting a bright future throughout the city. In recent weeks, we’ve seen reports of the city of Detroit returning to the ranks of national innovation hub and new inventions spurring more startups from the University of Michigan. Good news for the west side of the state is pouring in too, thanks to increased…


Detroit’s recovery to date: trial concludes, decision awaits

Detroit’s bankruptcy trial has concluded and the final verdict is due next week. Earlier this year, the Michigan House created a special committee chaired by Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia, to assist bankruptcy negotiations between the City of Detroit and the state while protecting Michigan’s taxpayers. The committee on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future came to its conclusion…

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Staying safe on All Hallows’ Eve

Jack-o’-lanterns, haunted houses, endless amounts of candy—with Halloween upon us and a festive night of trick-or-treating in just a few days, it’s important to ensure you and the children in your life know how to stay safe this season. For a fun and safe night, review this handy “Safe Halloween” acronym from the Centers for Disease Control before heading…

ICYMI: Ann Arbor, East Lansing among best small cities for students

Ann Arbor and East Lansing are two of Michigan’s historic, ever-evolving college towns. The winner of tomorrow’s rivalry football game between the Spartans and Wolverines will proudly possess the Paul Bunyan trophy for another year. Whether you bleed green or blue is often determined from birth, but Pure Michigan is about more than football, and these two towns…

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Rep. Lori announces grant to aid in Sturgis plant expansion

Auto supplier will add jobs to area   State Rep. Matt Lori today announced a Michigan Strategic Fund grant will enable a Sturgis auto supply company to expand operations and create jobs. Lori, R-Constantine, said Summit Polymers Inc., will expand its existing operations in Sturgis, Portage and Vicksburg as a result of the $800,000 grant….

Franz helps reopen M-72/M-22 trucking shortcut

Fredrickson Road in Empire Township was officially reopened with an Oct. 27 ribbon cutting by John Popa, Leelanau County Road Commission vice chair; Lee Bowen, Leelanau County Road Commission chair; Rep. Ray A. Franz, R-Onekama; and Jim Johnson, Leelanau County Road Commission engineer-manager.  The construction project was aided by $342,000 from the Michigan Legislature’s Roads…


Bumstead grateful for grant awarded to Oceana County fire departments

Funds will support feasibility study of shared fire services State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, today applauded a grant awarded to Oceana County that will help study the feasibility of shared services between the local government’s eight fire departments. “I supported this community effort from the beginning because I know how crucial studies like this are…

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Rep. Franz shares local worker’s day on the job

State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, was recently invited by Sara Piersma, a 10-year employee at Shop-n-Save, to share her work day as part of the “Take Your Legislator to Work” campaign during the October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council has sponsored the campaign to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities….

Jenkins bill continues to stress local investment

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins is once again supporting local investment to further spur the Michigan economy and encourage local business owners. Jenkins sponsored House Bill 5922, which allows local municipalities to invest in small and local businesses provided the company’s principle office, or more than half of their assets or employees, are based in Michigan….

State Rep. Bruce Rendon and Marylou Olivarez Mason, HLCOM executive director.

Rendon receives Hispanic/Latino award

State Rep. Bruce Rendon has earned the 2014 Hispanic Legislator of the Year Award from the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM). “I am honored to receive this award,” said Rendon, R-Lake City. “I am happy to help ensure that Michigan’s Hispanic and Latino population is recognized as an integral part of our state’s historic legacy….

Senate panel OKs Nesbitt bill to name highway after fallen trooper

The Senate Transportation Committee today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt to name a portion of Interstate 94 in Van Buren County in honor of Michigan State Police Trooper Rick L. Johnson, who was killed in the line of duty in 2000. House Bill 4923, introduced by Nesbitt, R-Lawton, names a portion…

Lori announces housing rehab grant for Three Rivers

State Rep. Matt Lori today announced that the city of Three Rivers has been awarded a Housing Resource Fund grant to rehabilitate downtown apartments. Lori, R-Constantine, said the $379,200 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will assist downtown property owners with the renovation of upstairs space that has been vacant…