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Feature Story View of Broadway Avenue in Muskegon Heights after the renovation of the Strand Theater property and Rowan Park.

Muskegon Heights park could be anchor for community with prosperity grant

The "Reaching NEW Muskegon Heights" project will include a splash pad, restrooms, fountain, and a promenade.

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Ludington State Park: Recreation for everyone

Advocates work to make northern Michigan's Ludington State Park accessible to people of all abilities and ages. 

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How this Michigan county maps a plan for better broadband

After years of study, Leelanau County has plan in place to improve broadband service and provide most households with internet access.  

Feature Story Lizzie Dilg has served as the executive director since March of 2022.

Seeing what Mt. Pleasant offers beyond the college experience proves crucial for talent retention

Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum Executive Director Lizzie Dilg credits Central Michigan University's Nonprofit Program and Isabella County's robust nonprofit sector for influencing her decision to remain in the area after graduation.

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Niche sports help put rural towns on the map

Small towns in rural Michigan have transformed single-day events like bike racing and ice climbing into branding campaigns, luring athletes and visitors to their communities year round.

Feature Story The Chinook Pier Food Truck Park officially launched with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 29. (City of Grand Haven)

Grand Haven creates waterfront gathering spot with food trucks

Grand Haven has turned a grassy patch along its waterfront into a destination with the new Chinook Pier Food Truck Park.  

Feature Story Each room at CityFlatsHotel — Port Huron is uniquely designed.

Experience the Blue Water Area at downtown Port Huron’s newest hotel

Overlooking the Black River at its waterfront location on the corner of Water and Military Street, Port Huron’s newest hotel offers visitors the opportunity to stay right in the heart of downtown with close proximity to all the Blue Water Area has to offer.

Feature Story View of the Sturgeon River Gorge from the top of Silver Mountain.

Almost heaven: Silver MountainNature Conservancy in Michigan helps preserve unique tract

The Nature Conservancy in Michigan transfers the last parcel on Silver Mountain to the U.S. Forest Service, ensuring preservation of an usual tract and adding to the recreational opportunities in the Upper Peninsula. 

Feature Story Rendering shows an aerial view of Gentex's planned expansion. (Gentex)

Gentex’s $300M expansion to add 500 new jobs

Ottawa County's biggest employer is growing. Gentex Corp. is investing $300 million to expand its operations with new facilities in the city of Zeeland and Zeeland Charter Township.

Feature Story Field improvement is one area the CVB has chosen to help fund in Isabella County.

CVB lauded as ‘community ally’ as it markets Isabella County and drives tourism forward

The Mount Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau looks back on a few of the big projects it’s helped fund since 2019 – when it first received a funding increase – and looks forward to what the future holds; local organizations describe the impact CVB funding has had on their projects and on the community as a whole.

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In Ludington: Make your mark at this bed and breakfast

Giving back to the Mason County community, the new owners of the Cartier Mansion Bed and Breakfast are providing volunteer opportunities for their guests. 

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Popular Kal-Haven Trail gets money for upgrades

The Kal-Haven Trail has been awarded $5 million in federal funds for the long-overdue resurfacing of 17 miles of the trail’s 33.5-mile length. 

Feature Story The reception area of the new West Michigan Works! office in Holland.

West Michigan Works! relocates Holland service center

West Michigan Works! has relocated its Holland service center to a more central location close to key partners such as the GRCC Lakeshore Campus.

Feature Story Sears has been raising bees for over a decade.

Peek into the honeycomb: A day in the life of a beekeeper

Will Sears of the Midland Bee Company has raised bees for over a decade now. He’s come to appreciate how well they work together and just how sweet Michigan honey is.

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A one-of-a-kind campground emerges outside Rockford

The pandemic inspired a rural Michigan couple to build a secluded retreat for people to "detach" from their tech-laden lives.

Feature Story The beach at Negwegon State Park.

Negwegon: Hidden gem protected by Friends group

Friends of Negwegon State Park work to keep the secluded park along Lake Huron in pristine shape, preserving the landscape for future generations. 

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New insight about state telehealth laws provides a clear path to expansion

The Center for Connected Health Policy released its spring 2022 report in May on state telehealth laws and Medicaid program policies. Among other things, the document tracks changes in Medicaid policy that states have enacted since fall 2021. 

Feature Story Ryan Kilpatrick, Executive Director of the Holland-based HousingNext.

Collaborative approach to addressing affordable housing shortage garners national spotlight

HUD award recognizes the collaboration of public, private, and philanthropic partners that came together to create Housing Next to focus on addressing the region’s housing problem.

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Food co-op in downtown Battle Creek will support local food growers and makers

The idea of a food co-op in downtown Battle Creek has been discussed for several years and now there is a demand for it given the growth of residential properties that are fully occupied with waiting lists.

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Growers, community come together to build fruit research station in west central Michigan

The newly opened West Michigan Research Station serves the unique needs of fruit tree farmers in west central Michigan.