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    Our mission is to retain and foster employment opportunities by improving our business environment and encouraging sustainable business development. Our economic development effort is aimed at facilitating greater levels of economic prosperity through innovation, collaboration and the linking and leveraging of resources.

    Below are Amended Plans for two separate districts in Grand Rapids, proposed for ​approval in 2016.
    Below are Amended Plans for two separate districts in Grand Rapids, proposed for ​approval in 2016.



     What We Do



    See the reported outcomes of projects utilizing tax abatements over the past two years. The City’s return on investment has been 81%. Click here to view the 2014 report.  Archived reports: 2013 | 2012 | 2011

    Economic Development has assisted 527 projects over the past 14 years.  See the overview below, or click for the most up-to-date 2016 report.  Archived reports: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010  

    For a printable version of the chart, click here.
    Created as a collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Huntington Bank is providing
    funding for a five-year, $5 million Michigan small business lending commitment through a new partnership under the Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative. Huntington funds allocated to this Initiative expansion will be lent through the Opportunity Resource Fund, an established Michigan microlender. These funds will complement existing community microlending resources available in West Michigan via Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW). Application support and business development coaching will be provided statewide through Michigan’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and by LINC Community Revitalization in Grand Rapids.
    For more information and for contact information, click this link.

    The City of Grand Rapids has been recognized by the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation and Research. This award was given to participating communities that best foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development according to the annual eCities Study.

    Open for Business
    Whether you’re a sole proprietor, small business owner, or CEO of a corporation, you’ll find that Grand Rapids is a great place to do business.
    Business opportunities abound for every size and type of company: incubator space for startups, centers for cutting-edge science and technology development, and industrial sites for manufacturing – all in proximity to award-winning colleges, universities and a trained workforce.
    The Grand Rapids Economic Development Office is standing by to help you grow your business or bring your business to Grand Rapids by working alongside you and local and state agencies to get what you need to do business here. For more information, check out The Business Guide for additional resources and be sure to fill out the Open for Business in Grand Rapids Checklist.
    To view the Open for Business brochure, click on the cover image below.
    Click here to view our brochure map of downtown GR. 
                                 Brochure  Spanish Translation


    Changes to Michigan Tax Law

    There have been significant changes to Michigan's Tax Legislation over the past few months. Click the links below to find out if they affect you or your business.