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Economic Development: LINC Up and GRCC Announce Partnership on Affordable Housing, Free Construction Training

March 16, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS - LINC Up, a community-based economic and real estate development organization, announced a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College to train residents in construction trades tuition-free while building affordable housing in Southwest Grand Rapids. The event took place at 507 Umatilla SE, the site of the first new home construction already underway. Present were...

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Helping schools by helping parents

January 04, 2017

"How do you make sure schools in communities without a lot of resources are successful? That's not an easy question to answer, but we're always looking for promising leads. And we found one in a Grand Rapids group that helps parents find the resources they need to be successful." Read more about our Parent Essentials groups on Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity.

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CNN contributor Van Jones to speak in Grand Rapids

September 12, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– CNN contributor and environmental and human rights activist, Van Jones, will be in Grand Rapids this fall for the 7th annual LINC Up Community Spirit Awards. The awards ceremony and luncheon will be during a two-day Empowered Communities Conference... Read more on FOX 17

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Grand Rapids Book of The Year Author Talks History of Racism

March 28, 2016

By MARIANO AVILA Author of the Grand Rapids book of the year, Todd Robinson, speaks about history of Racism in the city. Todd Robinson, Jeremy DeRoo, and Darel Ross during Robinson's speech at LINC-up. CREDIT TAYLOR RUNNING / TAYLOR J. PHOTOGRAPHY The author of the Grand Rapids book of the year,A City within A City, held a speaking tour in Grand...

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Reshaping gentrification: How community engagement can make development more equitable

March 24, 2016

Heads bent over a sea of tables at LINC UP’s Madison Avenue headquarters earlier this month, they — the young and the old, the former politicians and the lifetime community members, the business owners and workers who’d taken time off from their jobs to attend this meeting — put markers to paper and began to write: “How much does community voice matter?” “What...

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Gentrification fears stoked by developer's $60M Grand Rapids proposal

March 16, 2016

By Matt Vande Bunte | mvandebu@mlive.com Follow on Twitter on March 16, 2016 at 10:20 AM GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A plan to remake an industrial area along Madison Avenue SE and add new housing along a stretch of Eastern Avenue SE has riled up a community development organization and spawned fears of gentrification. Rockford Construction is exploring large-scale redevelopment...

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