The Key to Your Grand Lifestyle
West Michigan is full of beautiful places, respected and world-leading companies, and communities that sit among the top places to live and work in the country. Grand Rapids is Michigan’s second-largest city but certainly doesn’t play second fiddle. With an electric downtown, home to award-winning restaurants — including Reserve Wine & Food, which won Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence — 15 public and private colleges and universities, some of the best hospitals in the state and an overall cost of living that is below the national average, Grand Rapids is where you can take your work and life to the next level.
The Grand Rapids region is a national leader in manufacturing, healthcare (home of the Medical Square Mile), agriculture, information technology, finance, supply chain, marketing, construction, HR, engineering and more. Home to the headquarters of more than 80 global companies and the country’s sixth largest cluster of biopharmaceutical suppliers, there are career opportunities waiting for you in almost every industry. And with affordable living, great communities, and safe neighborhoods, the possibilities are endless in the Grand Rapids area.
Dream Grand and Go – No Ordinary Town
Grand Rapids and the West Michigan region invite you to Dream Grand! Set your sights on first-class outdoor recreation, craft beverages, art, culture, beer and live music, in a place that constantly surprises and delights.
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A Grand Quality of Life
In Grand Rapids, walkable neighborhoods rich with coffee shops, one-of-a-kind vintage hauls and impeccably crafted cocktails are woven together with well-kept parks and multi-modal public transit. Thanks to its low cost of living and ranking as one of the best places to raise a family, the Grand Rapids area offers an exceptional quality of life.
Moreover, Grand Rapids boasts top-notch healthcare facilities, including Trinity Health St. Mary’s and Corewell Health (formally Spectrum Health) Blodgett and Butterworth, which were recognized as some of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Hospitals for 2022-2023.
Art Meets Craft
Grand Rapids offers a diverse range of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages in all four seasons. Take the family to enjoy the interactive exhibits at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. At night, Downtown Grand Rapids, known as “Beer City USA,” comes alive with a flourishing craft brewery and distillery scene, award-winning restaurants and indoor and outdoor live music venues. The city has also been hailed as one of the best U.S. cities to see great art with renowned institutions like Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park — which has attracted over 14 million guests since 1995. And when it’s time to relax, dune rides, mountain biking and the pristine shore of Grand Haven State Park or Oval Beach in Saugatuck offer perfect ways to unwind.
Designed for Career Vitality and Business Success
Grand Rapids is a notable city to step up your networking and career opportunities. The Grand Rapids Chamber plays a vital role in nurturing emerging leaders through programs like Emerging Leaders and Lead Up, offering participants the chance to engage with community leaders and develop essential leadership skills. Several companies are headquartered in Grand Rapids, such as Steelcase — a global workplace furniture manufacturer that employs more than 2,000 designers, marketers, engineers and other professionals. Meijer, which was recognized as a certified Great Place to Work for 2022-2023, also boosts the city’s reputation for professional and corporate services. The city is home to a strong community for entrepreneurs with organizations like EO Grand Rapids and resources such as Hello West Michigan and Downtown Grand Rapids.
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- Training & Coaching
- Startup Support
Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity and Michigan Reconnect work together to provide eligible individuals with free tuition to community colleges across the state.
The Michigan Works! Agencies provide jobseekers with the support, training and services they need to get back to work, find new employment, obtain needed credentials and develop professionally.
SmartZones provide distinct geographical locations where technology-based companies, entrepreneurs and researchers can locate in close proximity to community assets that assist in their endeavors. The West Michigan region is home to four different SmartZones including The Muskegon Innovation Hub, Holland SmartZone/Lakeshore Advantage, Spartan Innovations and Start Garden.
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Annual Talent Attraction Event Series Returns
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Factory Yards Project to Revitalize Godfrey Corridor, Bring 500 Homes & $146M Investment to Grand Rapids
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