Economy

Robbie Feinberg

Holland’s Westshore shopping mall has had a rough past decade or so: foreclosures, mismanagement, fleeing tenants. To top it off, consumers appear to be moving away from big, enclosed malls like Westshore. Now, one developer is trying to transform the property by flipping it inside out.


The Southwest Michigan Labor Market analysis reported the jobless rate decreased in April. Early spring hiring and fewer jobseekers are cited as the cause for the decrease. Unemployment rates were down throughout all metro counties by an average of eight-tenths of a percentage point. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

The BC Vision Steering Committee and Task Forces announced a plan Wednesday for BC Vision, a blueprint for action in the community focusing on jobs, education and civic pride. The three-pillar plan is the result of nearly a year of research and community engagement by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Kellogg Co. as well as local leadership and area residents. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

LANSING, MI -- Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 5.4 percent, matching the national average for the first time since September of 2000, according to the Department of Technology Management and Budget. That's the month the musical Cats closed on Broadway, the Summer Olympics opened in Sydney and Emmys went to The West Wing and Will & Grace. (MLive)

Robbie Feinberg

According to experts at the Brewers Association, a craft beer trade group, Michigan’s craft breweries still have a lot more room to grow, both within the state and the country. But the latest step for some brewers is to step into the international market, selling in countries like Italy, Ireland, even Russia and Japan.


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