Patrick Center

Patrick  joined WGVU in December, 2008, after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News Director, Patrick manages our daily news operation. An award winning reporter, Patrick is an EMMY Award nominee and was named Best Individual Reporter by the Michigan Associated Press and presented with the Best Individual Reporter Merit Award by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. . He remains loyal to his boyhood professional sports teams: Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers. Although he grew up in the "buckeye" state, he has fallen in love with the people and natural resources of West Michigan.

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Michigan business organizations urge lawmakers to find revenue for roads repairs. Some state colleges and universities are creating curriculum for careers in the cannabis industry.  

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TrueNorth Community Services

Parents and students are preparing for the start of the school year. For most families it begins by purchasing new school supplies and backpacks. For low-income families it can be a financial burden.

In Newaygo County, Fremont-based nonprofit TrueNorth Community Services and its partners Fremont Area Community Foundation and Gerber Foundation confront rural poverty head-on.

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The International Association for Great Lakes Research has released its study Great Lakes Revival: How Restoring Polluted Waters Leads to Rebirth of Great Lakes Communities. WGVU talks with co-author John Austin, Director of the Michigan Economic Center and Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution.

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The International Association for Great Lakes Research has released its findings that cleaning up the most polluted areas of the Great Lakes has the most significant economic impact.

Our waters are for drinking, fishing and transportation. In the 1970’s, industry used and abused those waters. It got so bad, four American rivers caught fire. The Clean Waters Act was passed in 1972. Over the last 15 to 20 years, the U.S. Congress has budget roughly $20 billion for Great Lakes restoration.

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A judge says a Michigan manufacturer that was ordered to shut down amid concerns about fires and the release of chemical clouds can continue most of its operations.

The Daily News of Greenville reports an Ionia County judge signed an order Friday allowing Kassouni Manufacturing Inc. in Belding to conduct business, but it can't use trichloroisocyanuric acid.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University

West Michigan’s economy is being impacted by the U.S.-China trade war. Data from the July Supply Management Research survey indicates the tariffs are impacting a number of key economic indicators, but one in particular putting a drag on the growth rate.

The U.S.-China trade war that began a year-and-a-half ago is, as Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University puts it, “catching up with the West Michigan economy.”

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The Trump administration has placed a 25% tax on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports. The plan is to institute another 10% on $300 billion on September 1st. More recently, the threat to levy another 10% tariff on Chinese goods not yet affected. As the trade war escalates how is it impacting farmers and manufacturers in West Michigan and across the country?

“We’ve said consistently the short-run effects of a trade war are always negative. There’s no such thing as a short-run gain in a trade war.”

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The Grand Rapids metropolitan area is being recognized as one of the best midsized cities for economic growth.

International news organization, Reuters, has dubbed Grand Rapids a ‘superstar’ city. It comes to this conclusion after analyzing metropolitan statistical areas from across the country. In particular, it drilled down to seven-year job-growth where it discovered 40-percent of new jobs were created in 20 cities. Grand Rapids was one of two Midwestern cities receiving ‘superstar’ status along with national standouts Atlanta, Austin, San Francisco and Seattle.

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The summer weekend festival season is in full-swing across Michigan. After two mass shooting incidents involving festivals in New York and California that left three people dead and 24 injured, one local security consultant has some safety advice.

“Unfortunately, the goal of an attack like the one you saw in California is to get as many victims as possible.”

A public gathering, a festival held outdoors, making it difficult to secure.

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Phase two of the Grand Rapids Innovation Park is moving forward with approvals from the city’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

The Medical Mile will continue its expansion at the corner of Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue. That’s where Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Research Center opened in 2017.

Now, with the City of Grand Rapids’ Brownfield Redevelopment Authority approving a reimbursement agreement for eligible activities totaling roughly $29 million, Health Innovation Partners and MSU can move forward on phase two of the Grand Rapids Innovation Park.