January 19, 2017
1:28 am
By The Numbers
Hunger relief in West Michigan scored unprecedented gains in 2016, with Feeding America West Michigan distributing more food to the needy than ever before...
Lakeland Health continues to have a major impact on the well-being of Michigan's Great Southwest, as borne out in their new corporate annual report...
The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference is complete and the forecast is for modest by positive growth in Michigan state revenues...
December's snapshot of the West Michigan Industrial Economy comes up "Seasonally Flat," pretty much as expected for the time of year...
Even as they are counting receipts from the 2016 holiday season, Michigan retailers are forecasting the best start to the New Year in more than a dozen years...
They may have to reset the benchmark "best performance year" to 2016 if the record pace in home sales continues in December in SW Michigan...
It's a problem that has long plagued border counties like Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph Counties in Michigan, but cigarette smuggling is growing nationwide...
The Detroit Free Press called it Michigan's Most Romantic City, but by another measure St. Joe ladies are buying adult toys faster than almost anywhere else in the USA...
There are Christmas cards that are simple greetings, and then there are Kinexus Christmas cards with a dual purpose of informing us of the organization's impact...
One of South Bend International Airport's top air carriers is the top choice of corporate travel managers for the sixth consecutive year...
After five straight months of record breaking home sales, the Southwest Michigan marketplace cooled its heels in October, fading by some 6-percent...
Based on input from retailers across the state, and information from multiple sources, Michigan retailers are expecting to find a Merry Christmas season ahead...
After an upbeat and robust September report, the West Michigan Industrial Economy has returned to an "almost flat" growth pattern according to Dr. Brian Long...
The ongoing pace of home sales in Southwest Michigan has Realtors smiling a lot these days...and September was another record month locally...
We've worked to assemble a comprehensive list of Trick or Treat times in local municipalties, and share that list with you in this report...
If you recently moved here from Chicago, Detroit or Grand Rapids, you might be happy with your choice based on the cost of living numbers...
Once we left the beach and got back to work, business improved nicely for the West Michigan industrial economy according to the latest report on Current Business Trends...
Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski's concern for the community and compassion for taxpayers in a bind continues to pay dividends for both...
Culinary notoriety continues for SW Michigan...with a St. Joseph pizza place garnering a nationwide website's declaration of Best Pizza in Michigan...
After a brief time out in July, the Southwest Michigan housing market soared back in August with record performances on most fronts...
The latest Business Outlook for West Michigan from the Upjohn Institute may foretell of flat conditions going forward...
As more and more people across the nation opt into credit union membership, one of the largest beneficiaries of the trend is United Federal in St. Joseph...
The summer doldrums precluded much of any movement in the latest snapshot of the West Michigan Economy according to GVSU Professor Brian Long....
The record pace in home sales year over year continues to march along locally, but month-to-month there was a bit of a breather in July...
The latest Comerica Bank Economic Outlook shows a steady Michigan, but upcoming losses in the manufacturing sector as auto sales cool...
Manufacturers and others in the West Michigan economy may be building a case for renewed economic strength according to the latest survey from GVSU...
Small to mid-sized business owners remain largely upbeat about their prospects for doing business in the state of Michigan according to a new survey...
The boost in tourism in and around St. Joseph is also having a positive impact on traffic counts aboard the region's Amtrak passenger rail service...
Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant has been tabbed as one of the Top 20 American Winery Restaurants in the country by USA Today...and you get a vote...
When it comes to the "safest" communities in which to live in Michigan, only three Berrien County communities make the latest list from SafeWise...
Records on almost every front were broken in June in the SW Michigan housing market...as a stellar year marches forward...
Record second quarter earnings have led to increased guidance from Whirlpool Corporation for full-year projections, as they beat street estimates again...
As the Michigan Legislature continues to work on road funding plans, the crew at MDOT is working on implementation, and you can have a say...
The West Michigan Industrial Economy's modest upturn in June may help steer us further from the spectre of any threat of recession...
In a bid to diversify innovation in the state's economy, Michigan is at a crossroads according to a new study prepared for the MEDC...
Where is the West Michigan economy headed next? The Upjohn Institute has taken a quarterly snapshot and scores the numbers...
As summer crowds continue to increase in downtown St. Joseph, the Michigan Retail Index is delivering strong numbers for May sales performances...
With the market of 2006 as a gold standard backdrop...local housing sales in Michigan's Great Southwest continue to pour in record performances...
There's a new report out on the tax burden on small business in Michigan, and it shows they're paying more...
Based on the latest survey numbers, Professor Brian Long of Grand Valley State University says the West Michigan Economy is "Back to Flat..."
Benchmarking home sales in Michigan's Great Southwest continues to show strong performance as sales race ahead...
A new labor report from the AFL-CIO shows massive disparity between the pay of CEOs and average workers, and labor leaders are not happy about that...
The newest measure of the West Michigan economy shows things still rising, but it's sustained slow growth again...
Of the members, by the members and for the members, there's a new 2016 Cornerstone Chamber Membership Directory out today...
While Michigan may be able to fill skilled jobs in the near term...longer term prospects aren't nearly as certain according to a new report...
Too many people are dying on the job in the Michigan workplace according to a new report released today by the AFL-CIO...
While the first quarter housing market locally was very encouraging...one nagging problem continues to restrict the rising tide...
Air quality in Berrien County, much like the rest of the state, is a mixed bag according to the latest report from the American Lung Association...
It's tax crunch time, but do you have any idea where your tax dollars are actually going and how they're being spent? 
The West Michigan industrial economy is once again gaining strength as the upturn continues according to Professor Brian Long's latest research...
Double digit gains in the number of homes sold last month contrasted with plunging prices on the average sale according to the local Realtors association...
A major national magazine pegs Michigan at 6th in the nation for economic development growth last year...
The state of health in Berrien County is slipping according to new rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...
The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research has issued it's 4th quarter 2015 Business Outlook for West Michigan, and we've got it for you...
An analyst upgrade this morning has Whirlpool's stock racing ahead even as the market in general heads south on the day...
Timely dredging that kept the St. Joseph harbor open last year helped lead to a fifth consecutive increase in vessel shipments locally...
The weather is getting better, and right along side of that so is the West Michigan Industrial Economy in the latest survey report...
Robust local home sales continued to set records in the SW Michigan marketplace in January, despite very low inventories of homes for sale...
The nearly 4,000 associates of Lakeland Health, comprising the largest employer in the county, racked up some impressive numbers last year...
A new statewide ranking of schools places a high premium on Sister Lakes Elementary but not so much for middle schools in the Lakeshore and SJ Districts...
Growing popularity of the "Fly Local" campaign is paying off for South Bend International Airport where traffic increased for all air carriers in 2015...
It was a record year for the Michigan Lottery in 2015, and that means record payouts to the Michigan State School Aid Fund as well...
Visions of the potential long-term future of the waterfront in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor contained in a major new study are out...
The National Federation of Independent Business is out with a Small Business Economic Trends report showing growing concerns among the ranks...
More park benches and fewer goose droppings. Those are two changes among many under consideration in the Master Plan for St. Joe Parks...
The West Michigan economy didn't bounce back quite as much as expected in January, but is still pegged as meekly positive by GVSU...
"Strong operational execution delivered another year of record revenue and earnings" with a 4th quarter profit that more than doubled for Whirlpool...
In a strong real estate year just concluded...the toughest piece of the puzzle continues to be the level of available inventory...
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