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    Neighborhoods
  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Heartside
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Dave Nitkiewicz

    Dave Nitkiewicz

    Specialty Markets Sales Manager

    AKA: Mr. Grand Rapids

    DNitkiewicz@ExperienceGR.com
    (800) 678-9859 ext. 3574

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    Focus:

    Group Tour and Travel and Specialty Markets

    Education:

    Bachelors of Science (BS) in Advertising and Public Relations, Grand Valley State University
    Associates Degree in Occupational Studies, Washtenaw Community College: Certificates in Business Sales & Marketing and Human Resource Management.
    Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA)

    Professional Associations:

    Grand Valley State University Alumni

    Volunteer Associations:

    Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    Six Years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    I got my start in Ann Arbor, MI at the Eagle Crest Resort by Marriott and fell in love with the industry - I've worked in it ever since.

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    Las Vegas, NV

    One piece of advice or tip you would give to a first time visitor to Grand Rapids?

    Get out and explore! Founders is an absolute must, as is the Downtown Market - go to Slows BBQ for Lunch and Love's for their Blueberry Lavender Gelato.

    What are you looking forward to in 2016?

    I am looking forward to New Holland Brewery opening up on bridge street - along with the other 25 breweries, restaurants, and distilleries set to open in 2016!