GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids has just launched a year-long process to plan the city's future. It's called GR Forward.
GR Forward initially focused on the future of the Grand River corridor, but has since expanded to include downtown and neighborhoods on both sides of the river.
Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc., President & CEO Kris Larson said the GR Forward project offers "a lot of opportunity for everybody to be involved...for the community to come together to talk about the importance of downtown and the riverfront to the future of our city."
City commissioners started Wednesday by approving more than half a million dollars for engineering designs for the Grand River.
Then, on Thursday night, the first of 40 GR Forward community meetings was held at the Black Hills Community Center on Godfrey.