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Top 10 ATHENA Young Professional Award Finalists Named

August 25, 2015
Final award recipient to be announced at 2015 ATHENA Award Celebration on September 17 The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the top ten finalists for the 2015 ATHENA Young Professional Award, which will be celebrated on Thursday, September 17 at the 26th annual ATHENA Award Celebration. The ATHENA Young Professional more »

Action Alert! Proposed Overtime Rules Open for Public Comment

August 12, 2015
Take action to protect workplace flexibility from potential changes in overtime pay. What’s Going On President Obama and the Department of Labor announced a proposal to revise the Fair Labor Standards Act for overtime pay. Currently, salaried workers are automatically eligible for overtime compensation if they work over 40 hours per week and make $455 per week more »

Rev. Peggy Lawrence Burns Named 2015 ATHENA Award Recipient

August 12, 2015
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Rev. Peggy Lawrence Burns, vice president of Older Adult Volunteers at Gerontology Network and founder of the nationally-known Traveling Grannies and Grandpas Program, as the 2015 ATHENA® Award recipient in recognition of her leadership, mentorship, and remarkable contributions to the greater Grand Rapids community more »

VOTE! Grand Rapids Primary Election is August 4, 2015

August 3, 2015
Tomorrow, August 4, 2015, Grand Rapids voters will head to the polls to elect three commissioners (one from each ward) and the next Mayor of Grand Rapids. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Click here to find your polling location and view a sample ballot. The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of more »

Group Seeks to Ban Fracking in Michigan

July 23, 2015
WHAT’S GOING ON The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan has started a petition drive for a statewide ballot initiative to prohibit horizontal fracking and frack waste in Michigan. If this initiative can gather 252,523 signatures by November 11, it will force the Legislature to act within 40 days or else it will go to more »
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