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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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    Staff - Kate Herron

    Kate Herron

    Kate Herron

    Director of Marketing

    AKA: Collaboration Queen

    KHerron@ExperienceGR.com
    (616) 459-8287 ext. 3553

     

    Focus:

    Making Grand Rapids the best place that it can be through community collaborations- I sometimes describe my role as "the dot connector."

    Education:

    BBA: Grand Valley State University
    MBA: Western Michigan University
    CTA: Certified Tourism Ambassador
    CCTP: Certified Culinary Tourism Professional 

    Volunteer Associations:

    Sigma Kappa Sorority

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    4 Years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    I started at Experience Grand Rapids as a Marketing Intern through GVSU knowing very little about tourism and the industry as a whole. I quickly realized that it was the most fun industry to be a part of.

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    Austin, TX

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

    Stay for at least 3 nights- there is just too much to see and do.

    What are you looking forward to in 2016?

    I am looking forward to all of the new breweries (and distilleries!) that are opening in GR. They make GR an awesome place to promote for tourism, and show off my city to friends and family!