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Local Non-Profit "Sea to Sea" Tours To Fight Poverty

Local Non-Profit "Sea to Sea" Tours To Fight Poverty

By World Renew in Nonprofits

The Sea to Sea 2013 Bike Tour is a nine week, 3,900-mile cycling trek across North America designed to raise awareness and funds in support of those living in poverty around the world.

Sea to Sea is a non-profit organization headquartered near 28th Street and Kalamazoo in Kentwood. The Sea to Sea 2013 Bike Tour follows the shape and format of similar cycling projects hosted by the Christian Reformed Church in 2005 and 2008, which raised millions of dollars to send to local, national and international agencies fighting poverty.

Kent County Appoints Birgit Klohs To Airport Board

Kent County Appoints Birgit Klohs To Airport Board

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Jan. 24, 2013) – Kent County Board of Commissioners today announced the appointment of Birgit Klohs as the newest citizen member of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board. A seven-member panel is appointed by the Kent County Board of Commission to govern policy at the airport.  The Gerald R.

Grand Rapids at a Tipping Point

Grand Rapids at a Tipping Point

J. Bennett Rylah

Kristopher Larson, the relatively new executive director of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), comes to Grand Rapids from Long Beach, CA where he acted as VP of the Downtown Long Beach Association. Before that, Larson lived in Raleigh, NC. So, it's suffice to say, we're zeroing in on Larson's first Michigan winter.

Larson says he was born and raised in Raleigh and was there for a "very fun part" of the city's transformation. "When I was a kid," he says, "[Raleigh] had a population similar to Grand Rapids -- about 180,000. When I left, it was 400,000. We had all these tremendous opportunities, and helping to direct a lot of that was a fun time. But, eventually, I just wanted to stretch my legs."

ArtPrize parking and shuttle options

ArtPrize parking and shuttle options

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - With tens of thousands of people going to downtown Grand Rapids for ArtPrize, parking can get a little tricky.

So, ArtPrize organizers suggest some options.

There are a number of parking lots and parking ramps in or near downtown that will be open for ArtPrize visitors. On the northern end of downtown, parking lots are available on Scribner, Summer, and Seward, among others. Those lots are just a short walk from several venues. On the southern side of downtown, you can park in a number of lots near Van Andel Arena. There are also several parking ramps in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. You can learn more about the parking locations and costs by going to the ArtPrize website.

Transportation Website Expands to Four County Area in West Michigan

Transportation Website Expands to Four County Area in West Michigan

West Michigan residents in a four county area can now visit one website to find a variety of public and private transportation options if they need a ride for work, school, medical or social service visits, or intercity travel.

The Ottawa County Transit Coalition recently expanded its website, www.lakeshoreridelink.org, to include the counties of Allegan, Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon.  The website, which was first launched in 2010 with transportation providers for Ottawa County only, now includes more than 50 transportation providers with detailed information on their services and costs to help residents find a ride.

City embarks on 26-mile expansion of its urban bike network

City embarks on 26-mile expansion of its urban bike network

City staff has announced a concerted effort to expand Grand Rapids’ urban bike network by 26 miles over the next 9 months. This aggressive bike facility expansion project is due to citizen demand for more bike-friendly streets. Work will be completed in two phases; the first phase will begin later this week and include approximately 16 miles of new bike facilities. The second phase will include another 10 miles to be implemented in the spring. Additional resources to expedite expansion of the network are currently being sought to leverage the funds appropriated in the FY2013 Fiscal Plan for this effort.

What do You Want Your Streets to say About Your Community?

What do You Want Your Streets to say About Your Community?

News Release:

The Sustainable Streets Task Force is asking City residents and business owners to help in setting a vision for the future of the community’s streets. Public meetings have been scheduled to gather input.

All meetings will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.