Mayor Roslynn Bliss


The Grand Rapids City Commission has once again begun the process of finding former City Manager Greg Sundstrom’s replacement. Last February, after a week of interviews and a public forum, the commission ultimately passed on three finalists for the job, opting instead to start the search completely over.

Mayor Bliss: City Manager search too important to rush

Feb 20, 2018

Earlier this month, Grand Rapids City Commissioners voted to restart the search for a new City Manager, the most powerful non-elected official in the city. Now, Mayor Bliss says the new search may take months to complete.

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City of Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss delivered her 3rd State of the City Address last night at Clearwater Place. During her speech, Bliss spoke of nurturing a vibrant and diverse community engaged in developing talent. There was also a focus on improving public safety community relations, and a pressing need for more affordable housing.

“The affordable housing crisis has been one of the most complex and challenging issues we have faced,” Bliss said.

After serving 8 years as Grand Rapids City Manager, Friday marks Greg Sundstrom's last day of public service. Last August, Sundstrom penned an official letter to Mayor Rosalynn Bliss saying he would not seek a new contract after his current one expired on December 31st.  Sundstrom’s 8 years of service makes him the City’s third-longest serving City Manager.

He says seeing Grand Rapids through the recession is what he is most proud of during his tenure.

Report: Clean energy jobs on the rise in Michigan

Sep 22, 2017

According to a recently published study, jobs in the clean energy industry are on the rise in West Michigan. The 2017 clean jobs report released earlier this month found that Michigan is home to 92,000 clean energy jobs, and 6500 of those are based in in Kent County. Clean Energy Industry officials gathered Thursday morning in Grand Rapids to highlight the report at non-profit A Renewable America

The Grand Rapids City Commission has approved a new major forestry initiative they say will improve public safety. Grand Rapids forestry officials are set to begin removing nearly 1600 trees in the city after Commissioners voted to move forward with the initiative. Labeled as priority 1, the trees have been identified as potentially posing a threat to public safety, says Park Superintendent Joe Sulak. 

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The City of Grand Rapids is reopening two if its parks this week. Call it a nearly $1 million refreshing.

Grand Rapids Campau Park is now new and improved with the addition of a splashpad and new playground. That along with renovations to the restroom facility, walking path, drinking fountain, benches bike rack, trash cans and landscaping add up to $650,000 in improvements.

In response to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss has joined mayors across the country who are pledging to continue their efforts to fight climate change. In an open letter from the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda - a group known as the Climate Mayors, the group pledged to continue reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting federal and global policymaking. So far, more than 200 Mayors across the US have contributed their signature to the letter. 

Founders Brewing Company and the City of Grand Rapids unveiled a new partnership on Monday that will convert the 80 to 100 thousand gallons of wastewater Founders pours down the drain each day into renewable energy. Grand Rapids Mayor Roslynn Bliss said the effort will bring the city closer to her goal of running on 100% renewable energy by 2025.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the city of Grand Rapids with two grants that will go towards improving racial and economic equity in the city’s poverty-stricken neighborhoods. City officials formerly accepted the Economic Connections Grant and the Racial Equity Initiative worth a total of $1.8 million last Tuesday at the City Commissioners' meeting. W.K. Kellogg Foundation program manager Yazeed Moore says the grant is a chance for Grand Rapids officials to make good on their promise of increasing racial equity in the city.