Luke sits down for a one-on-one conversation with new Grand Rapids First Ward Commissioner Kurt Reppart. They discuss his motivation to run for office, the challenges and opportunities of the first ward, and what his personality will bring to the city commission.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Grand Rapids' largest and arguably most important event returns for its ninth edition. Tiffany and Luke preview ArtPrize 9 with ArtPrize Education Coordinator Allison Palm. They discuss tips to navigate the festival, why art is important in the city and education opportunities.
Luke sits down with Andy Johnston of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Andy is the Vice President of Government & Corporate Affairs at the chamber. His enthusiasm for the city and its people is contagious. They discuss his work at Capitol Hill in Lansing as well as the economic growth opportunities and challenges in Grand Rapids.
Tiffany and Luke catch up on a busy July that featured Mike Pence, new restaurants, and Mayor Bliss' book club. PLUS they break down the candidates for the commissioner primary and introduce the Calder Plaza redesign.
Tiffany and Luke get some motivation from Matt and Yoshi of Carpe Diem GR. They're a grassroots, free fitness group which meets every Wednesday at 6:14 AM on the corner of Bostwick and Lyon. We discuss making exercise fun and how to break into the Grand Rapids social bubble.