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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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    Kim Rangel

    Kim Rangel

    Kim Rangel

    Director of Events

    AKA: Hostess With The Mostest
    (616) 233-3543

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    I am on the Events Team - we focus on planning meetings and events that promote bringing new convention business in Grand Rapids, as well as a few events to celebrate successes with our community.


    CMP, CTA

    Professional Associations:

    Convention Industry Council

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    10+ years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    I have a degree in Hospitality and Tourism from Grand Valley State University.  I fell in love with the industry and declared my major after learning I could have a career planning parties!

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    Marco Island, FL 

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

    Try a restaurant out of your norm - the options in Grand Rapids are endless and the culinary talent is amazing.

    What are you looking forward to in 2016?

    Exploring new ideas and creative approaches!