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  • 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.
    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.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Staff - Janet Korn

    Janet Korn

    Janet Korn

    Senior Vice President

    AKA: Idea Genie
    (616) 459-8287 ext. 3545

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    Oversees the marketing team and participates with the leadership of our Destination Marketing Organization


    Michigan State University, B.A. in Hospitality Business, Certified Tourism Ambassador

    Professional Associations:

    Destination Marketing Association International, Inforum

    Volunteer Associations:

    Grand Rapids Whitewater

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    35+ years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    My first full time role in hospitality was as a restaurant manager and followed by time as an adjunct instructor with the Culinary Arts program at GRCC. My tenure with Experience Grand Rapids has provided an amazing opportunity to promote this vibrant city and watch firsthand how it has grown in popularity.

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    Nearby water  

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

    Make sure you enjoy our craft beer, great food and be sure to see some art.

    What are you looking forward to in 2016?

    Continue to cheer the loudest for my children.