Michigan’s newest family moves to Holland after brief visit

Holland is a Pure Michigan beach community known for its historic Dutch origins and Tulip Time Festival. This year, a family decided to move from Ohio and make Holland their new home after spending just 52 hours in town.   Nicole and Andrew Orr sold their Columbus house and moved their family—including sons Jayden, 11; Jenson, 10; and Jace,…

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Internet now plays a large role in everyday life for many Americans, and it is becoming increasingly important to reflect on risks of theft, fraud and abuse that come with our online presence. According to the Department of Homeland Security, cyber security is one of our country’s most important national security priorities and is a responsibility…

Detroit: The Comeback City is America’s new innovation hub

  Michigan’s Lost Decade was historic for all the wrong reasons, but each day more and more people are realizing our state’s recovery is historic for all the right reasons. The Lost Decade affected the entire state, but no one place was hit harder than Detroit. Republicans knew that ensuring a better Detroit would also…

On the road to a brighter future

We’ve said it before, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth saying again — Michigan is on the road to a brighter future. Only a few years ago, Michigan was experiencing one of its worst economic climates in history. Back then, jobs were disappearing, our population was declining and a belief in a better Michigan…

ICYMI: Tackling the tough question of “digital remains”

What happens to our social media accounts and emails once we’re no longer around? It’s not something many people think of, but for those who struggle to access the email and Facebook accounts of loved ones who’ve recently passed, it’s an important and challenging hurdle. Many states including Michigan have begun to tackle the issue…

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Putting an end to the silence

Every October, many of us don pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and those affected by the disease, but this month is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects one in four women, and throughout the month of October, communities across America are coming together to help end this violent trend — and…

Fairness for the ages

For many years, income in Michigan was taxed differently for different age groups and different sources. Starting in 2011, that all changed when fairness was brought to the state’s income tax code and all senior citizens were treated equally, regardless of their source of income. It’s all laid out visually for reference in the graphic…

Art Prize 2014

ArtPrize transforms Grand Rapids, inspiring artists and a city

West Michigan’s most creative, inspirational and transformative community event is upon us. The 19-day event is much more than an art festival; it’s an international celebration that embraces Pure Michigan and welcomes thousands of people to the region. Visitors come from near and far to participate in the thought-provoking creativity displayed and hidden throughout the city of Grand Rapids….