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    How GRAND RAPIDS Rates... 
     
    Grand Rapids was named one of the Top 10 Cities for Affordable Health Care, by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America's small and mid-sized cities.

    Grand Rapids was named the "Most Sustainable Midsize City in America" by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Civic Leadership Center and the Seimens Corp.
     
    The Brookings Institution named Grand Rapids one of the 20 strongest-performing American metropolitan areas in MetroMonitor: Tracking Economic Recession and Recovery in America’s 100 Largest Metropolitan Areas.
     
    Forbes Mazagine forcasted Grand Rapids to be the most likely place to find jobs in the article The Best and Worst Cities for Jobs this Summer
     
    Fortune Magazine rated Grand Rapids as one of the "Top 10 Best Cities for Business."
     
    Anderson Economic Group cited Grand Rapids as "Number one for best overall business climate."
     
    Industry Week Magazine ranked Grand Rapids second on the "World Class Communities" list among cities of similar size.
     
    Grand Rapids has also been cited as one of the "top five" metro areas for its number of entrepreneurs and for manufacturing growth.
     
    The United Nations University has designated Grand Rapids as a Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development.  Grand Rapids is the only city in the nation, and one of 30 worldwide, to receive this award.  (Michigan DEQ, March 2007)
     
    Eight companies in Grand Rapids have been designated by the DEQ as Clean Corporate Citizens, the most of any city in the state. (Michigan DEQ, March 2007)
     
    Grand Rapids has more LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings than any city in the United States other than Seattle. (Michigan DEQ, March 2007)
     
    Greater Grand Rapids is the fastest growing region in the upper Midwest, outpacing all of our 11 peer communities in the areas of manufacturing, job creation, and wealth creation. 
      

     
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