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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.

      A Grand Welcome


      A Grand Welcome | Meet.Connect.Belong.Every year, Experience Grand Rapids partners with other local businesses to host a reception for area newcomers, community connectors and rising leaders.

      It’s our job to market Grand Rapids as a welcoming and inclusive destination for all visitors. That starts with helping to make it welcoming and inclusive for its residents.

      A Grand Welcome is our way to reach out to newcomers – especially minority residents – and facilitate connections that will improve their lives, their careers and their sense of belonging. This strengthens the fabric of our community and makes Grand Rapids more appealing for residents and visitors alike.

      This year’s event is November 12 – click here to attend and for more details.

      Should I Attend A Grand Welcome?

      A Grand Welcome is open to:


      People who’ve relocated to Grand Rapids within the past two years. We want  you to know we’re glad you’re here – and we want to provide you a space to connect to the resources and people that will help you continue to transition into the community you now call home!

      Community Connectors.

      Individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses, and community or religious organizations that serve as a resource to newcomers. We want to recognize your contribution!

      Rising Leaders.

      Publicly elected/appointed officials and people who have been promoted to a position of Vice President or higher in the past year (since January 1). We want to celebrate your success!

      Get on the invite list for the 2019 event.

      What Can I Expect?

      The opportunity to meet people who can make a difference in your life – and also enjoy beverages, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and other fun surprises.

      Check out our photo gallery for a glimpse of the reception.

      Questions? Contact Angela Nelson.

      Angela Nelson, CTA

      Vice President of Multicultural Business Development
      (616) 258-7388 ext. 3568

      Learn More ›

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