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Mel Trotter CEO talks Heartside unity, opportunity

Guests mingle at a Heartside unity picnic held Thursday, August 18.
Hilary Farrell

The Heartside neighborhood in Grand Rapids is going through some pretty significant changes, spurred by redevelopment interests and talk of gentrification. 

Dennis VanKampen is the CEO and executive director of Mel Trotter Ministries. He spoke with WGVU at a neighborhood unity picnic earlier this month about the event’s goals - and how he sees solutions to community challenges.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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