"GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A lot of people visit Grand Rapids just for its craft beer - to the tune of a $12.23 million economic impact. A recent study commissioned by marketing group Experience Grand Rapids concluded that more than 42,000 beer tourists visit the city annually, spending $7.05 million directly at craft breweries. Of those visitors, more than 13,000 are from outside Michigan. (MLive)

Michigan Jobless Rate Beats National Average

Oct 14, 2015

(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan’s official unemployment rate has dropped just slightly below the national average. 

"The BC Vision Steering Committee determined Thursday after months of discussion that its top immediate priority is conducting research on school systems and small business." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

West Michigan’s economy continued to grow last month, but the latest report for the National Association of Purchasing Management shows that growth slowed. 

A new report is predicting that employment will continue to grow in West Michigan through the end of next year.