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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 Young

    Kim Young

    Kim Young

    Vice President of Information Systems

    AKA: Dutchess of Data
    (616) 459-8287 ext. 3555

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    Ensuring that our technology initiatives bring business value, improves our processes, solves business issues, maintains a solid infrastructure and transforms how we do business at Experience Grand Rapids.


    Central Michigan University, BA, Recreation & Park Administration, Certified Tourism Ambassador. 

    Professional Associations:

    Destination Marketing Association International, Alpha Sigma Tau

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    30 years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    During college I worked seasonally in amusement parks and waterparks. I continued on after I graduated by working in waterparks as a Group Sales Manager and for a short time as a Parks and Recreation Director. Selling and tracking group business, lead to working within CRM databases, which over time transferred into other technology and information-based systems.

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    I don't have a favorite, but rather enjoy having different experiences each time.

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

    Get out of your hotel room and the area surrounding it. If you don't have a car, just take a taxi or Uber, to experience something different.

    What are you looking forward to in 2016?

    Traveling to Europe with my family for the first time. I also look forward to seeing the new businesses that are being developed or opened this year in Grand Rapids.