The annual delegate assembly of Goodwill Industries International brings together about 500 people, including the CEOs and board members from more than 140 Goodwill organizations across the United States and Canada.

That’s a lot of good in one place!

In 2013, those delegates came to Grand Rapids for business meetings, networking events and education sessions.

They also were treated to evidence of the city’s innovative side with visits to GRid70, Steelcase and Fredrik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

Jill Wallace of Goodwill Industries Greater Grand Rapids said bringing the assembly to Grand Rapids was about three years in the making, and it was the innovative spirit of the area that drew the event here.

“They're visiting Grand Rapids because of the innovative and forward-thinking nature of our community,” she said.