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Fiscal Services Awarded for Distinguished Presentation

Transparency and maintaining county assets are top priorities for the Kent County Fiscal Services Department. For the 13th year in a row – and a total of 15 times in the last 18 years - Kent County received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the 2015 County Budget. 

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Kent County Receives Special Achievement Award for Exceptional Application of Geospatial Technology

Kent County staff is always looking for ways to make it easier for the general public to access the information they need, when they need it. The Kent County Information Technology Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Team was honored internationally, receiving a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the 2015 Esri International User Conference in San Diego, California recently. 

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GRPS Celebrates Start of School Year with Red Carpet Events at Museum School and Burton Middle

Grand Rapids Public Schools is kicking off the school year with red carpet events at Burton Middle School and the brand new Public Museum School on Tuesday, September 8.

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Grand Rapids City Commission to meet under the stars at the Blandford Nature Center

The Grand Rapids City Commission will return from the Labor Day holiday on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m., hosting a neighborhood City Commission meeting at Blandford Nature Center located at 1715 Hillburn Avenue NW.  In addition to attending the formal meeting, residents can participate in an informal discussion session before and after the official City Commission meeting and have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the Mayor and City Commissioners.

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Labor Day Notes from the City

City of Grand Rapids offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 in celebration of Labor Day. Offices will reopen for business at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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Section of Bridge Street to close for utility, streetscape and pedestrian improvements

A section of Bridge Street will soon receive improvements to enhance new development. Bridge Street from Winter to Summer Avenues will be closed starting Monday, Aug. 24 as the section undergoes a reconstruction project. The street is expected to reopen to traffic in late September. A second phase will close the affected portion of Summer.

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Child Welfare Advocate Joins First Steps Kent

Annemarie Valdez will be the next executive director of First Steps Kent, an independent advocate for strategic early childhood investments in Kent County. Valdez brings nearly 20 years of experience as an advocate for children and families, including extensive work on cultural competence and next-generation leadership.

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Proud Parents

Grand Rapids Public Schools Proud Parents: Omar & Elizabeth

GRPS values diversity and inclusion. Our children get an opportunity for a real-world environment. More...

North Park Montessori Proud Parents: David & Ashima

We uprooted our life of 14 years in Ada, so we could live in the neighborhood and attend North Park. More...

Congress Elementary School Proud Parents: Jono & Emily

We feel so great about the staff and leadership at Congress and at GRPS. More...

Innovation Central High School Proud Parents: Scott & Suzanne

We chose Innovation Central because of the multiple college-career pathways. More...

Gerald R. Ford Academic Center Proud Family: Teresa, Denishea, & Kerby

I'm Nana first and as Nana, Ford Academic Center is perfect for CJ. More...

C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy Proud Parents: Nancy & Brian

Every time they walk outside at school...they're on another adventure. More...

Grand Rapids Public Museum School Proud Parents: Tom

My daughter is so excited about the Museum School! It's unique and hands-on. More...

Grand Rapids Montessori Proud Parents: Stacy & Daniel

We did the research, and Montessori set her up for success. More...

Coit Creative Arts Academy Proud Parents: Phil & Lavonne

We love the arts focus…Coit is a gem. More...

City High Middle School Proud Parents: John & Gretchen

International Baccalaureate at City teaches our kids to be critical thinkers. More...

Southwest Community Campus Proud Parents: Steve & Nora

It's dual immersion, so they're learning English and Spanish speaking skills. More...