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    GRAND RAPIDS:
    At A Glance
     
    City Logo                                       
    The City of Grand Rapids' logo was designed by Joseph Kinnebrew, an internationally-recognized sculptor and painter. It incorporates a yellow sun, blue river, and a red representation of the "La Grande Vitesse" sculpture by Alexander Calder, which was erected in downtown Grand Rapids on Calder Plaza in 1969.
    Location
    Grand Rapids is located in southwest Michigan in the Eastern Standard Time Zone.
    It is less than 30 minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan, and less than a three-hour drive from Detroit and Chicago. Access to the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway is available at the nearby ports of Grand Haven, Holland, and Muskegon. Three freight carriers and Amtrak provide rail transportation.
    The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is just 30 minutes from nearly any Grand Rapids location. From it, six carriers transport 2 million passengers each year and 91 million pounds of cargo pass through the airport annually on 3 cargo airlines.
    Local Government
    Grand Rapids utilizes a non-partisan Commission-Manager form of government. The City Commission acts as the legislative body and appoints the City Manager who serves as the Chief Administrator. The City Commission is comprised of six Commissioners who are elected in a staggered manner to serve four-year terms. The Mayor is chosen in a city-wide election every four years.
    Police and Fire
    Grand Rapids citizens and businesses are protected and served by 316 uniformed personnel, as well as 81 dedicated civilian employees. There are 250 professional fire personnel ready to serve the City and its constituents everyday of the year.
    Water and Wastewater Systems
    Grand Rapids' fresh water intake is drawn entirely from Lake Michigan, one of the five Great lakes which combined are estimated to contain up to 20% of the world's fresh water supply. Grand Rapids' water quality meets or exceeds all state and federal standards.  The Grand Rapids Wastewater Treatment system provides waste water services that are managed by a professional staff committed to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.  See the Water and Wastewater Systems Brochure​ for information on capacity, average charges and more.
    Hospitals
    Spectrum Health (Butterworth and Blodgett campuses), Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Metropolitan Hospital, Mary Free Bed Hospital and Rehabilitation Services, Kent Community Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, Forest View Hospital, and Pine Rest Mental Health Services make Grand Rapids thecenter for medical services in West Michigan.
    Higher Education
    Grand Rapids is home to over 12 colleges and universities, including Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, and Western Michigan University.
    Transportation
    The Interurban Transit Partnership (ITP) provides citizens with regular bus routes, parking lot shuttles, and dial-a-ride service. Gerald R. Ford International Airport, the state's 2nd largest airport, handles over 120 flights a day and provides service to over 5,600 passengers each day. Three freight carriers and Amtrak provide rail service.
    Culture and Entertainment
      
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    Grand Rapids at a Glance

     
     
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    Image:  Bistro Belle Vita Restaurant 
    Bistro Belle Vita Restaurant
     
    Image:  Grand Valley State University's DeVos Center 
     
    Grand Valley State University's DeVos Center
     
     
     
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    The Rapid
     
     

     
    Image: Grand Rapids Public Museum 
     Grand Rapids Public Museum