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Ready to Live Your Best Life? You Can in Michigan

MEDC partners with regional organizations throughout the state to provide you with a real view of what it’s like to live and work in different communities throughout the state. These groups may be part of the local chamber of commerce, economic development team, young professional group or from a Back 2 Michigan organization.

These partners can best connect you to local information on housing, education opportunities, recreation, and community groups where you (and your family) can find “your people” and “your place.” Whether you are interested in living and working in a downtown urban location, want a more suburban option, crave wide open spaces, or just want easy access to fresh water coastline, Michigan provides it all.

Grand Rapids

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In your opinion, what are the most overlooked parts of living and working in West Michigan? You can have a great career and a great quality of life. I own a house and have a yard for my dog, something which wouldn’t have been attainable in my native Chicago.
What advice do you have for people who are interested in making a move to West Michigan? Tap into the resources available. Relocation is really stressful, but there are a lot of community-minded folks here to help. If you’re sold on West Michigan, get the ball rolling on your job search by researching our local industries, top employers, and submit a resume to Hello West Michigan.
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What are your favorite things to do in West Michigan after work and on the weekends? My weekend activities follow the seasons. In the summer, I’m at the beach or shopping at the farmer’s market. We have a huge selection of fresh produce, and I love to eat seasonally. In the fall, I love hiking in the brisk weather and grabbing donuts and hot cider at one of the many orchards here. Normally I’m a late sleeper, but in the winter, I will wake up early to head out into the snow to go cross country skiing. I love talking friends into coming with me and trying it out for the first time. It is my favorite pastime and really affordable to get into for a young professional. I also just invested in downhill skis and excited to do more of that this winter.
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In your opinion, what is special about living in a four-season state? There is something to do every season. In the winter, I love to roller skate (my wheels light up) and go to movies. I love Taco Tuesday movies that are discounted with warm, leather, reclining seats. In the fall, I love the colors, visiting pumpkin patches with my girls, picking apples, getting donuts, and taking hayrides. It’s also beautiful to travel during that time of year. Summer is my favorite with the vast beaches, sand dunes, rivers, and lakes. Also, l love to pick blueberries, strawberries, and green beans. The local farmers’ markets and farms are great places.
What advice do you have for people who are interested in making a move to the Grand Rapids? Leverage your network and share that you are moving to Michigan. We are more connected than many realize (someone always knows someone). Connect with the community colleges and four-year universities for activities, join meet ups, check out local chambers and activities, follow them on Instagram to learn about key events. Check out the museums, community organizations, and churches to build close knit communities. Engage with local libraries for events and resources. If seeking a job, connect with Hello West Michigan and the Michigan Works in your region. If you have children, follow sites like grkids.com to find out more about camps, summer programs, etc. Build a web of resources and connect with people everywhere. Leverage your social media platforms if you have one to share your story.

What’s Up in Michigan?

Stay up to date with the latest news from Michigan.

MEDC wins 11 Telly Awards for ‘You Can in Michigan’ TV spot Read More
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MEDC wins 11 Telly Awards for ‘You Can in Michigan’ TV spot

The TV spot from the “You Can in Michigan” national marketing campaign won four Gold Awards and seven Silver Awards, highlighting the innovation and success of the state’s work to attract and retain talent.   A national campaign from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is earning some serious hardware – and generating buzz for […]

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Gov. Whitmer Announces New Office of Defense and Aerospace Innovation Read More
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Gov. Whitmer Announces New Office of Defense and Aerospace Innovation

Col. John Gutierrez, USMC (Ret.) announced as executive director with decades of military expertise LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in announcing the new Office of Defense and Aerospace Innovation (ODAI), which will help grow the state’s defense and aerospace industry.   ODAI will build on the storied legacy […]

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Kettering University, MEDC announce the state’s largest incoming class of The Michigander Scholars Read More
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Kettering University, MEDC announce the state’s largest incoming class of The Michigander Scholars

FLINT, Mich. – Kettering University and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) today introduced the 26 Kettering students who represent the university’s inaugural class of The Michigander Scholars recipients, the largest incoming class total produced by any Michigan public or private university. The program offers scholarships for $5,000 to $10,000 to qualifying Scholars who complete […]

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