West Michigan Community Day of Remembrance honors lives lost on September 11

BIG RAPIDS, MICH. – To honor those who lost their lives, on September 11, 2001, the annual West Michigan Scout Community Day of Remembrance and Salvation will be held on Friday, but a little different from previous years, it will be held virtually. Friday marks the 19th year that President Ford Field Service Council and …

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Pence talks job security and Michigan economy one-on-one

(WXYZ) – In a one-on-one with Vice President Mike Pence, 7 Action News reporter Brian Abel speaks about job security for many Americans amid calls for a second plan to stimulus, Michigan economy and President Trumps have alleged comments about military men and women. Watch the full one-on-one interview above and read the full Q&A …

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Teenager on bicycle killed in community of East Tawas, northern Michigan

EAST TAWAS, MI – A teenage cyclist has died after being struck by a van in Iosco County. At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, August 31, soldiers from the Michigan State Police’s West Branch responded to a personal injury accident at the intersection of US 23 and Tawas Beach Road in East Tawas . Upon …

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Governor Whitmer announces $ 5 billion commitment from Huntington to boost Michigan economy

(FOX 2) – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces a community plan in partnership with Huntington Bancshares that will provide $ 5 billion in support of small business, social equity, economic inclusion and affordable housing. The partnership was announced at Governor Whitmer’s press conference on Wednesday afternoon. Many were hoping and waiting for an announcement on …

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Michigan’s economy is stronger than expected during a pandemic. Thank the stimulus.

In total, these payments were equivalent to about 8.5% of the state’s annual personal income, or about $ 4,350 per person. Economists estimate that residents spent up to 75 percent of that money, rather than saving it. Michigan consumer spending is now above january levels and above the national average, in large part due to …

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Report: Michigan Economy Suffers More Than Most States

COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic contraction is affecting Michigan more than many other states, says new investigation by Comerica Inc. Regional economists at the Dallas-based bank report that Michigan’s GDP fell at an annualized rate of 41% in the second quarter. During the same period, U.S. GDP declined at an annualized rate of 32.9%, while …

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Restrictive immigration policy hurts Michigan economy

The spring and summer of 2020 saw a dramatic acceleration in the Trump administration’s measures to restrict the entry of immigrants to the United States. Following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the White House issued a series of proclamations that effectively restricted entry to the United States from many countries, including Brazil, Iran, and …

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West Michigan Community Bank opens new branch

A Hudsonville-based bank is opening its seventh branch this month. Hudsonville-based West Michigan Community Bank announced it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on August 20 with representatives from the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce for its new retail and commercial lending center located at 4797 Cascade Road SE, in the Cascade region of the Township …

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West Michigan Community Bank Continues Expansion of Grand Rapids Area

West Michigan Community Bank has expanded its footprint in the Grand Rapids area with a new office in the Township of Grand Rapids. The new location on Cascade Road is home to the company’s newest retail banking office in Hudsonville, as well as business lending and wealth management staff. The office that opened this week …

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