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My Town: Job outlook for the area largely positive

My Town: Job outlook for the area largely positive

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Despite the harsh winter, businesses in West Michigan added 9,500 jobs during the first quarter of 2014.

That’s according to a newly released report by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Analysts found employment in West Michigan’s six metropolitan areas jumped 1.1 percent.    The biggest increases were reported in manufacturing and private service sectors.   

In the Grand Rapids-Wyoming area, employers added 7,200 jobs in the first quarter, driving down the area’s unemployment rate to 5.8 percent.   Analysts say there was solid growth across all sectors, and they expect the job market to remain strong in the coming months.

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First has put together Local Treasure Hunts for families to do this June.

Participants can choose from two hunts: one in Grand Rapids and one on the lakeshore. Hunters can enter to win prizes in each hunt by texting in codes at each location. The hunts started on June 1 and will conclude at 11:59 on June 30.

In Grand Rapids, participating businesses include:

  • Grand Rapids Children's Museum
  • Grand Rapids Bicycle Company
  • The Cheese Lady
  • Fulton Street Farmers Market
  • Hop Scotch Children's Store
  • Nantucket Baking Company
  • Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
  • Schuler Books
  • The Rapid Central Station
  • GoNuts

On the lakeshore, the following businesses are treasure hunt stops: 

Coast Guard seeks comments on allowing river barges in eastern Lake Michigan

Coast Guard seeks comments on allowing river barges in eastern Lake Michigan

MUSKEGON – The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has begun the formal process of collecting public comments on a proposal that would allow river barge traffic on the east side of Lake Michigan as far north as the Port of Muskegon. The proposal, which is being championed by the Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA), has wide support from businesses, agriculture and local elected officials and is expected to bring more opportunities for economic development and growth to Michigan.

 

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Approximately 90 businesses will be looking for employees during the Muskegon Veterans Job Fair this Friday, May 16.

The hiring event will take place on the U.S.S. LST 393 Veterans Museum Ship, docked at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon.  This is the third year for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job openings range from engineering to grocery store cashiers.  Participating businesses include:

My Town: Holland Brewing Co. creates Carhartt-inspired brew

My Town: Holland Brewing Co. creates Carhartt-inspired brew

HOLLAND, Mich.--  New Holland Brewing Co.’s newest brew pays tribute to the Michigan company, Carhartt.

The Dearborn-based business tapped New Holland to create a brew to celebrate the clothing company’s 125th anniversary, as well as salute the hard-working people who wear the brand. 

The Carhartt Woodsman will debut at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado Oct. 2-4.  The session-strength pale ale is barrel aged and brewed using hops grown in Cascade, giving it a unique taste.  Its name is tied to the tin man from the Wizard of Oz, which legend has it, was written in Holland by L. Frank Baum in 1899, when Carhartt was already ten years old.

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including: