Loving Grand Rapids

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No matter what your opinion is about Valentine's Day, since this show is called iheartGrandRapids, we thought it would be a perfect excuse to share some Grand Rapids love. Tiffany and Luke discuss what they are loving about Grand Rapids right now and what spots in the city would be perfect for a romantic comedy closing scene. PLUS they write their own love letters to the city. 

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World of Winter Festival

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What better way to beat those winter blues than grabbing some friends and heading outside for a festival? From February 9th-16th, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. will be hosting the first annual World of Winter Festival. Luke chats with Jennie from DGRI to discuss the development and events of the festival. Highlights include ice sculptures, ice bar, 2018 Winter Olympics watch party, curling, skating, human-hungry hippos, and the Lunar New Year celebration.

Click here to see learn more about the festival.

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Holiday Special

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Welcome to the 2017 iheartGrandRapids Podcast Holiday Special. Tiffany and Luke escape from the snow at Rower's Club to discuss the best holiday spots in GR, local holiday shopping, and how to give back during the season. Merry everything and we'll see you next year! 

Local holiday gift guide via Lizzie Williams

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Ballot Preview (November 2017)

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Tiffany and Luke break down the ballot for the November 7th election. Topics in include millage proposals (aka property taxes) for The Rapid, Grand Rapids Public Library, and Grand Rapids Public Schools. And for those of you that use the excuse “I’m not informed enough” we're about to make or break your day.

Click here to look up your sample ballot and polling location. 

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Childcare and Workforce Development

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How do childcare and early education influence business in Grand Rapids? Tiffany and Luke break down the topic with special guest Katharine B. Stevens, who leads the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) early-childhood program, focusing on the research, policy, and politics of early-childhood care and education.

She will be speaking in Grand Rapids on Monday, October 23rd from 11:30am-1:00pm at Frederick Meijer Gardens. The event is called Lunch with Legislators: Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow Hosted by the West Michigan Chamber Coalition and Talent 2025.

***This episode was brought to you in partnership with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber. If you’re interested in partnering with us just email iheartgrandrapids@gmail.com with the headline “Partnership Episode.”

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Click here to view the research on childcare and workforce development. 

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[HERO] series (ArtPrize 9)

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Tiffany and Luke visit [Has] Heart's [HERO] series at Veteran's Memorial Park. The entry is a juror finalist for the 2-D category. They discuss the mission of [Has] Heart with co-founder and chairman Michael Hyacinthe as well as the entry's impact in sharing veteran's stories. 

Click here to vote for the HERO [Series]

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Lions & Rabbits Gallery (ArtPrize 9)

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ArtPrize 9 is upon us! Tiffany and Luke head to the northernmost boundary of the festival to visit Lions & Rabbits Gallery in the Creston neighborhood. They chat with the owner and curator Hannah Berry about dreams, artistic collaboration, and creating a unique community space.

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