GRCC In the News, 3-28-13

Grand Rapids’ new multi-million-dollar economic boon? The Silver Line BRT construction begins

March 28, 2013;

The long-anticipated construction of what could be Grand Rapids’ biggest economic generator yet begins in two weeks as Michigan’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line breaks ground on the first three of 33 high-tech bus stations.

… As buses get close to downtown, they’ll have stations at or near new apartments along S. Division and at Tapestry Square, the new University Preparatory High School, Saint Mary’s Health Care, Grand Rapids Community College, Van Andel Institute, the Medical Mile, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, DeVos Place Convention Center, and in downtown Grand Rapids near restaurants, shops, and banks. Some stations are just a few blocks from Cooley Law School, Kendall College of Art & Design, and Grand Valley State University. And the buses will also pass miles and miles of vacant land, underused buildings, abandoned buildings, and decaying urban properties.

Wyoming Public Schools board approves teacher contract ahead of right-to-work implementation

March 27, 2013; MLive

WYOMING, MI — Teachers at Wyoming Public Schools will see annual pay increases based on longevity reduced under a new three-year contract approved Monday, just days before Michigan’s right-to-work law goes into effect.

… Other districts where new contracts were recently negotiated at include Grandville, Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Grand Rapids Community College.

Rockford seminar on hydraulic fracturing heats up

March 27, 2013; Greenville Daily News

ROCKFORD — The conversation threatened to spiral out of control during the question-and-answer period of a contentious seminar on hydraulic fracturing Monday evening at Rockford High School.

More than 100 area residents turned out to hear from author Maryann Lesert, who extensively studied the topic while doing research for an upcoming novel.
Lesert, who teaches at Grand Rapids Community College, was in town at the behest of three area conservation groups; Citizens for Responsible Resource Management (CRRM), Kent County Water Conservation (KCWC), and Mutual Aid of Grand Rapids (MAGR).

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