Grand Rapids is a great place to live, work, play—and visit! Not only are we leading the country in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, but we also offer a progressive business community, affordable housing, and plentiful jobs. Plus, we’re home to Beer City USA and a variety of cultural events, including ArtPrize. If you’re looking to build a business, raise your family or launch a career, Grand Rapids is your destination! Keep reading to find out what our partners and community organizations are doing in the region to make our city great.
Travel, Conventions & Hospitality
Ranked as the #1 travel destination in the United States by Groupon in 2015, Grand Rapids offers a variety of sites to see, places to stay, and restaurants to grab a bite to eat. Get the insider’s scoop on Grand Rapids with our friends at Experience Grand Rapids where you can find tons of tips on their website—from ample art to farm-fresh food to live music and more.
While you’re at it, why not grab some Grand Rapids gear? Whether you’re a visitor or a local Grand Rapidian, it’s super easy to purchase all your Grand Rapids apparel and gifts online. Just visit GrandRapidsStore.com! The store sells Beer City USA, ArtPrize, Laughfest and GR&® (pronounced grand) brand apparel and items. GR fans, this is your one-stop-shop for T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, stickers, key rings, and much more!
With Grand Rapids being located in one of Pollina’s Top 10 Business States, this city offers a strong community for businesses, entrepreneurs and job creators. In addition, MoneyRates recently ranked Michigan as one of the best states to make a living in 2015. Clearly, there are a lot of opportunities for job and business growth in Grand Rapids!
The economic development experts at The Right Place, Inc. know that companies from around the world are choosing West Michigan not only for its proximity to major markets and affordable commercial space but also for its highly-qualified workforce. A combination of outstanding jobs, award-winning schools and educational opportunities, health care, and affordable housing are just a few of the reasons why West Michigan attracts young professionals and seasoned talent alike. Grand Rapids is also ranked the #2 best city in the nation for people with disabilities by WalletHub. Find more quick stats on the region from the cost of doing business to the low cost of living and more at their website.
Downtown Grand Rapids is an exciting place to be—serving as West Michigan’s hub for conventions, major events and concerts, and important gatherings both large and small. The folks at Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. are buzzing with the latest events, coolest cultural spots, hippest emporiums to shop and eat, and awesome living spaces—plus, handy maps for parking, biking, and hiking—all aimed at connecting you to our amazing city center and its thriving business environment, vibrant nightlife, many cultural attractions, and a growing residential community.