Between the breweries and the rich startup culture, Grand Rapids is the perfect place to cultivate your business.
Speaking of which, I’ve put together 5 reasons why you might consider Grand Rapids the right environment to move or expand your business.
Grand Rapids is the ninth “fastest growing economy in the US.” At 44 square miles and with a population of roughly 200,000, Grand Rapids is Michigan's second largest city. And right now, it seems to be ready-made for business, providing its people with an abundance of opportunities. From industrial parks, office parks, research centers to universities; we have it all, here in GR.
Nickname: Beer City
But what does that actually mean? World famous for Founders Brewing Co, Grand Rapids has more breweries per square mile than any other place on earth. With over 40 breweries- that’s a craft beer just about every square mile. It’s no wonder why USA TODAY named usBest Beer Town USA. Home brewing is a popular hobby of many locals which helps drive the craft beer industry. Do yourself a favor and take a few coworkers out on a Grand Rapids beer tour. You won’t be disappointed.
Grand Rapids was ranked America’s number one destination for 2015, and here’s why: ArtPrize brings in almost 400 thousand visitors from around the world. In 2013, Time Magazine picked ArtPrize as one of the top five travel destinations worldwide. Founders Brewing Co. puts on Founders Fest, which is an annual street party, with live music, local food vendors, artists, and most important, craft beer. Frederik Meijer Gardens is also a hot attraction, Ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide.
Business trips can be stressful. Chicago is a quick train ride or drive, making even a day trip possible. Flying out of Grand Rapids compared to Detroit Metro, is like night and day for a busy traveler. With lower parking prices, more flight options becoming available regularly, and free wifi and charging stations, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport helps you stay connected without that big city headache.
Old meets New
Part of what makes Grand Rapids so unique is the way new modern architecture blends in so well with its original architecture and cobblestone. There is an unknown wealth of history here. The first trading post was put up in 1826 by a man named Louis Campau, who later bought what is now Grand Rapids for just $90. Today, buildings are being renovated, houses and apartment communities are being built and the culture appears to be thriving. The opportunities in Grand Rapids are tempting for businesses of all sizes.
— Tyler Laurain
Tyler Laurain is a support technician at SalesPad.