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Silver Line  December 3rd, 2016

Santa Parade 2016

Silver Line  July 29th, 2016

12 police leaders write open letter to West Michigan after national controversies

Grand Rapids, MI — Twelve local police department leaders have come together to issue a letter to the community thanking citizens for their support in the wake of police officers being killed in Dallas and Baton Rouge. The full text of their letter to the editor, released to MLive and The Grand Rapids Press, is provided in the link below.

The letter also comes as police nationwide undergo scrutiny for shootings of black suspects, exposing, in some places, distrust between police and the communities they serve.

[Click Here to continue reading on MLive]

Silver Line  February 18th, 2015

Detroit transit may take cue from Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids — Chris Dekorver didn't mince words when describing how perpetually late buses were here, griping that "it was like they would lose buses in a sinkhole."

Not anymore, he said. Last week, Dekorver, 59, sat on the plush, new Silver Line bus that moved quickly through stops on busy Division Avenue and was, to his delight, on time and then some...

[Click Here to continue reading on DetroitNews.com]

  June 20th, 2014

Division merchants waiting on Silver Line

Members of the Division Avenue Business Association say a new bus rapid transit line scheduled to start in August could draw new customers who may not be aware of the eclectic array of businesses that line the retail district.

DABA also hopes the bus rapid transit, known as the Silver Line, will help more people to realize some negative perceptions about South Division Avenue are unfounded, said Tommy Brann, president of the 39-member business association and owner/operator of Tommy Brann's Steakhouse & Grille.

[Click Here to continue reading on Grand Rapids Business Journal]

  October 17th, 2013

Kendall Electric to build on former GM plant property known as Site 36

KendallThe former General Motors plant property in Wyoming, known as Site 36, will have its first tenant when a division of Kendall Electric Inc. starts building a new facility this fall.

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  October 18th, 2012

Wyoming - Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce Presents the Santa Parade

Video provided by WKTV

  October 18th, 2012

Announcement of 32 million dollars of funding for Rapid Transit Silver Line along Division Ave

  August 17th, 2012

Expert sees a brighter future for the Division Avenue corridor
By Kathy Gibbons | Advance Newspapers

Dan BurdenIt happened in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

And Dan Burden said it can happen here.

In town on Monday to participate in a “walkability” audit of Division Avenue in anticipation of construction on the $39 million Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, Burden participated in a walking tour and then gave a presentation for residents of Division Avenue neighborhoods. An internationally known expert on reinventing communities to make them more livable, Burden walked with representatives from the cities of Wyoming and Kentwood, as well as Godwin Heights and Kelloggsville school districts and local businesses and neighborhoods.

[Click Here to continue reading on MLive]

  March 30th, 2012

Through service learning, young people change their world
By Sheila McGrath | Advance Newspapers

Students from Kelloggsville and Godfrey-Lee public schools got a chance to show off ways they’re improving their communities at a Service Learning and Youth Engagement Showcase held Wednesday at Grand Rapids Community College.

Using a trade show format, about 60 middle- and high-school students from the two districts presented projects they’ve been working on to promote economic and environmental revitalization in their neighborhoods and engagement in their schools.

[Click Here to continue reading on MLive]

  October 22nd, 2011

Salvation Army's Kroc Center celebrates first year in Grand Rapids
By John Agar | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – As the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center celebrated its first year, Rachel Montes felt fortunate to have such a facility just around the corner.

There's an aquatic center, workout area, computer labs, basketball and volleyball courts, art rooms decorated with kids' creations, a climbing wall and game rooms. Kids can learn to swim, or learn the piano or guitar, or hang out with friends in a safe place. Or enjoy the 500-seat amphitheater, or worship services.

[Click Here to continue reading on MLive]

  May 3rd, 2011

The Rapid millage increase approved by 136 votes
By Kyla King | The Grand Rapids Press

Update: Rapid millage wins by 136 votes.

Voters in the city of Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids overpowered suburban voters to pass The Rapid transit millage property tax increase by what appears to be 136 votes.

[Click Here to continue reading on MLive]

  December 8th, 2010

The Rapid will ask voters for property tax increase next May or November
By Kyla King | The Grand Rapids Press

Voters in six Kent County cities will not be asked in a special February 2011 election to increase property taxes for expanded and high speed bus service. But they are likely to see the question on the ballot in the May or November elections.

Members of the board that governs The Rapid mass transit bus system directed staff on Wednesday to prepare materials so they can decide in January when to ask voters in Grand Raids, East Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville and Walker to increase the current five-year 1.12 mill levy by 0.35 mills to a total of 1.47 mills for seven years. That increase would cost the owner of a $150,000 home an extra $26.25 a year.

[Click Here to continue reading on MLive]

  December 2010
Produced by WKTV
The 2010 Division Avenue Santa Parade.

  August 30th, 2010
Study shows every 10 public transit jobs creates six more jobs in Michigan economy
By Kyla King  |  The Grand Rapids Press

Thanks to the state, leaders of The Rapid bus system can now show voters the mass-transit system fuels the local economy and provides jobs.

Timing is everything, since those same voters will soon be asked to renew and perhaps increase a tax levy.

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  June 14th, 2010
The Rapid bus system proposes 20-year expansion plan
By Kyla King  |  The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS -- Within 10 years, The Rapid buses could run until midnight on weekdays, all routes would run on Sundays and the wait for a bus would be 15 minutes much of the time.

Those are some of the suggested improvements in a new transit master plan intended to guide how the bus system expands over the next 10 to 20 years.

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  March 15th, 2010
Division Avenue Vacancy Transformed Into Custom Paint and Motorcycle Shop!
By Commercial Real Estate  |  http://www.cregr.com/?p=830

First and foremost, I would like to address the Division Avenue Business Association and a special thanks to their President Tommy Brann- without their tiresome work Division Avenue would not be rebounded as significantly as it is. Please visit their website for further information on membership and business opportunities at http://www.d-a-b-a.org

4044 Division Avenue is truly an amazing “before and after” story- what was once a forgotten vacancy seemed to be transformed overnight into one of Grand Rapids most esteemed custom paint and motorcycle shops- D.C. Customs...

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  March 3rd, 2010
The Rapid revives proposal for high-speed Silver Line Bus on Division Avenue in Grand Rapids after major cost cutting
By Shandra Martinez  |  The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS -- A proposed high-speed bus line project along Division Avenue appears back on track, despite voters narrowly rejecting millage funding for it last spring.

A nearly 10-mile stretch of the so-called Silver Line Bus Service could be open in less than two years, said Peter Varga, CEO of Interurban Transit Partnership, known as The Rapid.

Peter VargaThat's close to the same time frame proposed a year ago.

[click to continue reading on MLive]

  December 8th, 2009
Wyoming leaders pledge support for Division Ave. Bus Rapid Transit
By Herb Woerpel  |  The Advance

City of Wyoming leaders recently examined the future of the Division Avenue area between 56th and 60th Streets, pledging a great deal of support for a future Bus Rapid Transit service at that location.

Through a joint Planning Commission and City Council meeting, City Planner Tim Cochran presented a plan that would transform the project area, commonly referred to as Fisher’s Station, into a mixed use/transit oriented development that would feature three to four story retail buildings, a large variety of residential dwellings, parks, greenways, interconnected roadways and more.

[click to continue reading on MLive]

  April 13th, 2009
The Rapid asks Kent County voters to increase levy for new bus
WYOMING -- No, this is not a good time to seek a tax increase, supporters agree.

But funding a new bus system along Division Avenue into Grand Rapids could pay big dividends for at least two of the three cities on the Interurban Transit Partnership's southern flank.

A levy request on the May 5 ballot would leverage $40 million of state and federal money to build the Silver Line, a network of 19 bus stations from 60th Street northward.

[click to continue reading on MLive]

  March 31st, 2009
Bus millage to be decided on May 5 ballot
The Silver Line bus rapid transit system could take riders from 60th Street to the medical mile on Michigan Street in 27 minutes. It's eight hybrid electric buses could carry commuters in a designated lane on its 9.87-mile route along Division Avenue making stops at 28th, 36th, 44th and 54th Street intersections and 15 others.
[click to continue reading in the Advance]

  January 17th, 2009
Letters to the president: Give small business a voice
[click to read the Advance]
by Tommy Brann | Special to Grand Rapids Press
Dear Mr. President:
I wish you a successful term and will do anything I can to help you. I am helping now by being a small businessman and creating jobs.

  December 2008
Produced by WKTV

  September 30th, 2008
A Cleaner Division [click to read the Advance]
Division Avenue Business Association members hit the streets recently in Wyoming to cleanup debris along the corridor and help continue to enhance the image of the local shopping area.  Click the link above to see more about the article published in the Advance.

  September 22nd, 2008
Business association honors the old and the new
[click to read the Advance]

The Division Avenue Business Association, a group geared toward improving and promoting the Division Avenue corridor, recently rewarded two businesses making a significant difference in their community.

  July 12th, 2008
Southlawn Opening
Awesome! That is the right word to describe the success of the grand re-opening ceremony of Southlawn Park this Saturday. Thank you, thank you to all of our staff, the South Godwin Neighborhood Association, and Division Avenue Business Association. Your hard work and support have made a DIRECT impact on the children and families of the neighborhood.

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