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EXGR Recognitions

Experience Grand Rapids Earns Acclaim!

Diamond Award for Best E-Newsletter, Michigan Society of Association Executives,

September 2013

"The official destination marketing organization for Grand Rapids, MI - has received a Diamond Award for its e-newsletter from the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) at the 11th Annual Diamond Awards program.Launched in 2011, the Rapid Exchange e-newsletter engages the DMO's community members and partners on organization highlights."

Best ArtsCollaboration: Culture Pass GR, Destination Marketing Association International

July 2012

"Partnering with Grand Rapid’s Cultural Marketing Group, Experience GrandRapids developed “Culture Pass Grand Rapids”, a discount pass for residents and visitors. This multi-pronged initiative collectively provides the partnering organizations’ members and subscribers’ a benefit of discounts and special offers from all the  Cultural Pass GR, while offering visitors to the region and the local community the same discounts, thus raising awareness of the diverse and numerous arts and cultural opportunities year round."

Communicator of the Year: EXGR CEO Doug Small, Public Relations Society of America, West Michigan Chapter


 2nd Best Social Media Campaign, Michigan Society of Association Executives

2011 & 2012



Top 10 Convention & Visitors Bureau

Religious Conference Manager Praise Award, 2012



Silver Davey Award for Creative Excellence, International Academy of the Visual Arts

November 2011

"The International Academy of the Visual Arts recently honored ExperienceGrand Rapids with a Silver Davey Award for its website, www.experienceGR.com. The annual competition recognizes the finest creative work from the best small firms, agencies and companies worldwide"


Diamond Award for Best Web Site, Michigan Society of Association Executives

September 2011

"Experience Grand Rapids received high honors for its website at the Michigan Society of Association Executive' (MSAE) 10th Annual Diamond Awards. The awards program recognizes excellence and innovation among its association memebers." 

Outstanding Achievement in Web Development, Web Marketing Association

September 2011