one kent http://michiganradio.org en Private sector leaders proposing Kent County, Grand Rapids merger http://michiganradio.org/post/private-sector-leaders-proposing-kent-county-grand-rapids-merger <p>More than a dozen private business leaders are taking steps that would make it possible to merge Kent County and Grand Rapids to a single government. The One Kent Coalition includes more than a dozen lawyers, businessmen, and former elected officials.</p><p><a href="http://www.varnumlaw.com/People/DeemsNyalD">Attorney Nyal Deems</a> (former mayor of East Grand Rapids) presented the One Kent proposal to the Kent County Board of Commissioners Thursday. He says the coalition would like to see broader approach to governing the metro Grand Rapids region, rather than a number of smaller municipal governments.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;All of our flow and economic interaction and cultural and social interaction ignores all those boundaries but governmentally we live by them. It would be good to mirror our communities more to match the way we live and work and function.&quot; Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:27:27 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1440 at http://michiganradio.org Private sector leaders proposing Kent County, Grand Rapids merger