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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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    Laura Edgington

    Laura Edgington

    Laura Edgington

    Marketing Manager

    AKA: Ambassador of Awesome
    (616) 459-8287 ext. 3571

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    Supports the marketing team as needed, social media posting and monitoring, oversees marketing creative projects including advertising efforts, promotional materials and photo library management.


    BBA in Marketing & Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA)

    Professional Associations:

    Grand Rapids Young Professionals

    Volunteer Associations:

    Ronald McDonald House, Operation Christmas Child, and food trucks/food pantries within the local area.

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    Six years.

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    I went to school for marketing but ended up working for TwoSix Digital, a Michigan-based digital marketing agency for the tourism industry. Over the years I worked there, I developed a strong interest in the hospitality and tourism industry. Great people within the industry and many great destinations to promote.

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

    Enjoy the surroundings! Grand Rapids always has so much going on since it is such a vibrant city as well as it being visually beautiful.

    If you are visiting in the fall, make sure to go and enjoy the orchards. West Michigan is so charming during the fall season.

    What are you looking forward to in 2016?

    I am looking forward to being at Experience Grand Rapids for a full year and growing within my career and promoting this awesome city. I am also looking forward to connecting more within the community.

    Personally, I am looking forward to our new family addition coming soon. My husband, myself, and our dog Barley can't wait to meet our son!