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In the News- Week of March 24

In this week's news, read about a big jump in graduation rates, businesses helping students, and students helping others. 

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Neighborhood input results in Zoning Map change

After meeting with Westside residents and business leaders, First Ward Commissioners and City officials are responding by crafting modifications they believe better align with neighborhood interests. The proposed changes also create a framework that allows for development with positive community outcomes.

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Speed Networking Earns Students Scholarships

Male student talks to adultEndless Opportunities hosted speed networking in partnership with the Academy of Business, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship at Innovation Central High School.

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Community Action Agency to Merge with Kent County

In an effort to provide efficiencies and better serve residents, at today’s meeting, the Board of Commissioners authorized staff to move forward with a plan to merge two programs with similar goals. The Area Community Services and Employment Training Council’s (ACSET) Community Action Agency Division (CAA) will merge with the Kent County Community Development/Housing Commission Department to better serve the community.

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Girls Court Launches in Kent County

Treating youth through the courts requires a very different approach than with adults. The same can be true for different genders. Hon. Judge Patricia Gardner announced the formation of the Girls Court in Michigan's 17th Circuit Court today. 

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GRPS Grad Rates Increase Nearly 50% in 5 Years

The Michigan Department of Education released the graduation rates for the 2015-2016 school year today. For the fifth consecutive year, Grand Rapids Public Schools saw a significant increase districtwide with graduation rates increasing by more than 16% compared to last year and nearly 50% over 5 years.

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Planning Department slide show highlights development projects in Grand Rapids

The City of Grand Rapids’ Planning Department has published a slide show to highlight the growing number of development projects occurring throughout the city. Projects are keyed on a map to assist the public with locating a particular property that has undergone, is undergoing, or about to undergo a change.

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