Rapid Growth Media http://michiganradio.org en Bringing Grand Rapids and Detroit together (video) http://michiganradio.org/post/bringing-grand-rapids-and-detroit-together-video <p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Lindsey Smith hopped on a bus with community leaders from the Grand Rapids area this past Wednesday.</p><p>Their destination was Detroit. And their goal for the trip was &quot;to build stronger bonds between Michigan&rsquo;s two major population centers.&quot;</p><p>They left in the wee hours of the morning and arrived back in Grand Rapids around 2:30 a.m.</p><p>The trip organizers put this video together:</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="225" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/22120882" width="400"></iframe></p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 17:13:55 +0000 Mark Brush 1985 at http://michiganradio.org Bringing Grand Rapids and Detroit together (video) What’s to learn from Detroit? Spirit, determination, and action http://michiganradio.org/post/what%E2%80%99s-learn-detroit-spirit-determination-and-action <p>More than 50 community leaders from Grand Rapids got on a bus this week to find out what they can learn from Detroit. The trip&rsquo;s <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/community-leaders-grand-rapids-visit-detroit-week">organizers hope to build</a> stronger bonds between Michigan&rsquo;s two major population centers.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-962175.mp3</p><p>Check out <a href="http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?fbid=206745732677406&amp;id=178373955514584&amp;aid=65288">Terry Johnston&#39;s awesome photos of the trip here</a>. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 00:14:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1975 at http://michiganradio.org What’s to learn from Detroit? Spirit, determination, and action Community leaders from Grand Rapids to visit Detroit this week http://michiganradio.org/post/community-leaders-grand-rapids-visit-detroit-week <p>More than 50 community leaders from Grand Rapids <a href="http://www.rapidgrowthmedia.com/features/03312011artrust.aspx">will take a bus to visit Detroit this week</a>. Organizers hope the trip will connect people, break down stereotypes, determine common problems and figure out how each side of the state can benefit the other.</p><p>Tommy Allen is an editor for <a href="http://www.rapidgrowthmedia.com/">Rapid Growth Media</a>. The weekly, Grand Rapids-based economic magazine is hosting the trip.</p><p>Lately, Allen says he&rsquo;s been able to work in Detroit. And he&rsquo;s loved his experiences there.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;I love how it&rsquo;s changed me. My friends in Detroit have pushed me as much as I&rsquo;ve pushed them. So that creative capital exchange that we do on a regular basis is going to make both of our cities better. So why not? Why not partner with people more and more in Detroit?&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Allen knows too many people who reinforce the stereotypes about and the divide between Detroit and Grand Rapids. Allen hopes to start to bridge that gap by bussing innovative, talented people from West Michigan to network with their counterparts in Detroit; see what they&rsquo;re working on during a day-long tour. Mon, 04 Apr 2011 13:19:36 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1898 at http://michiganradio.org Community leaders from Grand Rapids to visit Detroit this week