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DGRI appoints 50 citizen volunteers to support city development


Caroline MacGregor
October 29, 2013 | WGVU  
Efforts to turn Grand Rapids into a dynamic downtown have become more citizen-driven, according to DGRI Board of Advisors Chairperson Ray Kisor. A group of 50 individuals will work with DGRI staff to ensure Grand Rapids continues to emerge on the radar as a competitive 21st century city, the DGRI has established three “Alliances” to guide downtown economic development.

The Alliance for Investment will offer advice on projects related to downtown infrastructure, real estate development incentives, planning, and economic development.

The Alliance for Vibrancy will give input on marketing, communications, special events, and workforce support initiatives.

Lastly, the Alliance for Livability will address safety, mobility, beautification, and asset management.  Members of each alliance represent stakeholders, including downtown residents, business owners, employers, nonprofit civic organizations, and local government. 

The Alliances will convene in November 2013 at which time members will elect a chairperson, then meet monthly. Each chairperson will also have a seat on the DGRI Board of Advisors.   
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Tuesday
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Monday
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Friday
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  August 15, 2014  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder says the need for increased funding for roads was underpinned this week by massive flooding in and around Detroit. Jake Neher reports.    
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