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My first TEDx experience

My first TEDx experience

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -  I just attended my first TEDx session and it was an eye-opening experience.  TEDx Grand Rapids drew a sold out crow of 600 people to the Civic Theatre downtown. 

A diverse group of 16 speakers from different areas of expertise shared their ideas on innovation.

TEDx comes to Grand Rapids on Thursday

TEDx comes to Grand Rapids on Thursday

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Innovators will be gathering in Grand Rapids tomorrow (May 12) at the Civic Theatre for a TEDx event.  TED stands for technology, entertainment and design.  TED’s annual global events draw thousands of people, who want to hear from some of the most innovative people around the world.  TEDx events are independently organized local events, which have the approval of TED.

TEDxGrandRapids will bring innovators from diverse fields, from all over the world, to share their personal stories of innovation with over 500 local participants at the Civic Theatre.  Organizers have lined up 16 speakers.  The event is sold out.

For more information click on this link:  http://www.tedxgrandrapids.org        

RapidBlog: My Life As An Artist In Grand Rapids by Georgia Taylor

RapidBlog: My Life As An Artist In Grand Rapids by Georgia Taylor

By Georgia Taylor

Georgia Taylor is an artist and founder of Salon 477 LLC, an art studio specializing in graphic design, photography, portrait drawings and paintings. Taylor teaches graphic design at the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) and is a Volunteer Coordinator at Baxter Community Center.

"What do I want to be when I grow up?" was never a question that had to be answered in my life. I've always known. I have always been an artist; not because I thought it was cool as a kid or my mother forced me to take drawing or pottery classes during summer breaks, but because without art, I can't breathe.

Author, former political aide forming church in Alger Heights

Author, former political aide forming church in Alger Heights

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A graduate of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary says faith has led him on a journey from West Michigan to Capitol Hill and now to Alger Heights, where he hopes to reach "post Christians" on Grand Rapids' southeast side.

Jeremy Bouma says he's in the early stages of gathering people to form The Church of the Resurrection. He hopes to appeal to "post Christians" who he describes as believers who have "grown up in the church, went through the front door, and left out the back door in college."

Got Insurance?

Got Insurance?

By: Ruth Terry

From an unassuming office in a 28th Street strip mall, insurance agent Sarah Mayne helps everyone from college students to small business owners like herself navigate the increasingly turbulent waters of the American health care system.

Public Transportation 101 or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Transit

Public Transportation 101 or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Transit

By Nicholas Monoyios

The importance of cultivating vibrant and healthy cities is generating more public attention than ever. From swanky social events to helping the homeless, the passion to improve this community is taking all forms. A critical ingredient in the recipe for community success is high quality public transportation.

Many of us who have traveled to bigger cities instantly see the obvious presence of public transportation. From local buses to subways, these routes are the essential blood vessels of urban areas. However, successful, efficient, and effective public transportation in our metropolitan area cannot be seen as a reactive solution solely for relieving busy streets. It is a proactive infrastructure that improves social equity, environmental quality and economic stimulation. Public transportation is sustainability for our community.

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Dillon Invites Residents to April Coffee Hours

Dillon Invites Residents to April Coffee Hours

News Release:

GRAND RAPIDS – State Representative Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) invites constituents to join him for an informal conversation about improving state government at one of his monthly coffee hours in April.

Dillon's April coffee hours will take place:

  • This Monday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Kava House, 1445 Lake Drive SE in Grand Rapids.
  • Monday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Sundaes in the Heights, 2404 Eastern Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.

Dillon also holds a third regular coffee hour each month with State Representative Roy Schmidt (D-Grand Rapids). This month's coffee hour will take place on Monday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Fat Boy Burgers, 2450 Plainfield Ave.