Early in 2011 the Daily Beast ranked Grand Rapids MI as 10th on a list of cities that were dying in the United States. This news was further reported by Newsweek Magazine and raised the rancor of many citizens in the Grand Rapids metro area who knew better.
In response, hometown Rob Bliss created a record breaking Lip Dub production titled "Grand Rapids Lip Dub" which involved over 5000 area residents and notables. The production earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records and featured much of what those of us who call Grand Rapids love about the city.
Those around the country began to take notice and in early 2012 Forbes Magazine named Grand Rapids "One Of The Best Cities For Raising A Family".
Then in 2012 Grand Rapids found itself on the list of the Top 25 Best Beer Cities in the World for its beer brewing passion and contribution to the beer culture. That was quickly followed by Grand Rapids and Ashville, NC being named the Best Beer Cities in the U.S.in a national poll which prompted a commemorative ale: Beer City Ale.
Thus far in 2013 the Metro Monitor has declared Grand Rapids to be the 8th best in a list of the Best Economic Comeback Cities in the U.S. and Bill Moyers placed the city on a list of Cities Leading The Way In Sustainability.
If those accolades were not enough, Forbes Magazine again looked to Grand Rapids and declared us the "7th Happiest City In The U.S. In Which To Work".
It would seem we are among the living and thriving! Folks are taking notice of what those of us who call West Michigan home have known for a long time....this is a great place to live and work!