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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.



    At first glance, Emerge West Michigan is a regional web portal – a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs to access resources that will help them grow and succeed in West Michigan.  The portal is a tool to search for the specific type of help you need to launch your business or grow your company.  The City of Grand Rapids is proud to be a founding partner of Emerge West Michigan.


     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 485 projects over the past 13 years.  See the overview below, or click for the most up-to-date 2015 report.  Archived reports: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010  

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    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.

     ​Economic Development News 
    Groundbreaking at  555 & 601 Michigan Street NE
    On July 6, 2015, construction began at 555 & 601 Michigan Street NE on a mixed-use project near Midtowne Village.  The new building on the northwest corner will contain 2,300 square feet of retail space on the first floor, and six market-rate apartments on the second and third floors.  The new building on the northeast corner will contain 3,500 square feet of retail space on the first floor, and 18 market-rate apartments on the upper three floors.  The total investment in the development will be approximately $5.1 million, excluding acquisition.    
    Grand Rapids family business expands, adds jobs and invests $3.2 Million
    The Hansen-Balk Steel Treating Company, a family-owned business that specializes in heat-treating steel for the automotive, medical and aerospace industries is expanding its Grand Rapids facility. Hansen-Balk is investing approximately $930,000 in real property improvements and approximately $2.3 Million in equipment to expand its vacuum bays that will allow the company to expand its specialized manufacturing operations to meet the needs of its customers in the automotive, aerospace and medical industries.

    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.
    To view the Open for Business brochure, click on the cover image below.
    Click here to view our brochure map of downtown GR. 
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    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.