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    Neighborhoods
  • 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.
    Heartside
    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.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Larissa Karimwabo

    Larissa Karimwabo

    Events Coordinator

    AKA: Miss Make-It-Happen

    LKarimwabo@ExperienceGR.com
    (616) 233-3573

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    Focus:

    I am on the Events Team - we work closely with the Sales Department, as a vast majority of the events planned are supporting sales efforts

    Education:

    Davenport University: MBA, Accounting (Pending 2017)
    Davenport University: MBA, Marketing
    Davenport University: Business Administration, Sport Management
    Durham College: Sport Business Management
    Conestoga College: Recreation & Leisure Services
    Certified Tourism Ambassador

    Professional Associations:

    Michigan College DECA
    National Society of Leadership & Success
    American Marketing Association
    Global Student Organization

    Volunteer Associations:

    YMCA
    Big Brother & Big Sister

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    5 Years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    My mothers  passion for traveling. I have been very fortunate to travel the world since the age of five.

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

    We've Got Something for Everyone. Explore!