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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.

    Stephanie Kotschevar

    Stephanie Kotschevar

    Public Relations Manager

    AKA: Shameless Publicity Seeker
    (616) 258-7388 ext. 3577

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    I'm the main point of contact for travel and local media. I reach out to travel journalists, bloggers and social media influencers to see if they are interested in visiting Grand Rapids and experiencing everything the city has to offer. I also maintain relationships with the local media to share what EXGR is organizationally doing in relation to events, promotions, updates etc.


    Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations from Grand Valley State University
    Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA)

    Professional Associations:

    Board Member, West Michigan Public Relations Society of America (WMPRSA)
    Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
    Midwest Travel Journalist Association
    Society of American Travel Writers

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    3 Years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    Working at EXGR is how I became a part of the tourism industry.

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

     I'm still searching

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

    Check out the local breweries! Even if you aren't a beer drinker (like myself) trying craft beer is an experience and the food menus are unique and delicious. A few of my favorites are Founders, HopCat, and The Mitten!