Dynamic Variation:

Growing food – and the food industry – in West Michigan

West Michigan farmers and food processors have created a $1.5 billion agri-food industry, propelling the region to the top 25 percent of similar regions nationwide. Learn how abundant fresh water, a…

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GR Beer Tourism is Booming

Known as “Beer City USA,” Grand Rapids has lots of reasons to celebrate its booming craft beer industry – 38.5 million reasons, to be exact. A recent study shows that the annual regional economic…

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Summer 2021 Sizzles in GR

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged on, Experience Grand Rapids invited leisure travelers to “Dream Grand” and look forward to a Grand Rapids/Kent County getaway whenever restrictions ended. Well, that day…

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The Grand Reopening

You can’t book a meeting into Grand Rapids if you don’t know when Grand Rapids will be open. That was the challenge that confronted Experience Grand Rapids as the COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant…

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Tourism Paused, We Kept Going

Business and leisure travel came to a virtual standstill in 2020, which further depressed customer counts at local hotels, restaurants, breweries and other hospitality providers already handicapped by…

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Grand Rapids is a Boom Town

Even as business headlines focused on the negative economic impacts of COVID-19 in 2020, Grand Rapids/Kent County remained a hotspot for capital investment. Major development projects were announced…

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A Grand Convention Destination

Did you know that Grand Rapids enjoys a national reputation as a premier convention destination? Last year, we were named one of America’s Top 25 Convention Cities – alongside such heavy hitters as…

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Grand Rapids: An Artful Community

Art matters to Grand Rapids. Especially public art. That affinity is evidenced in the city’s veneration of La Grande Vitesse , a 42-ton steel sculpture by Alexander Calder that graces Calder Plaza in…

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Our Grand Outdoors

When you think of Grand Rapids, you might think about the award-winning craft beer and food scene. Or perhaps the fact that it’s Michigan's second largest city with a history of furniture…

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