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There's officially new leadership at one of West Michigan's leading community organizations. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) has welcomed Milinda Ysasi as its new CEO, following the retirement of long-time CEO, Bonnie Nawara.

It's not uncommon to think of taking a ghost or crime tour down in the Big Easy, where third eye explorations reign supreme. But did you know Grand Rapids also has its own infamous history worth exploring? That's what Eirann Betka-Pope and their wife Jenna Betka-Pope sought to share with others through the creation of GR Crime Tours.

There's something special about watching youth use their imaginations to create and explore new things. To help youth further explore that magic, Holland-based Betsy Dmitruk and Katie Christoffersen created Mindful Play—sensory kits full of items like homemade playdough and loose parts that all tie back to a certain theme.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women account for only 10.9% of the construction workforce nationwide. Ada-based Erhardt Construction is looking to increase that number. Impressively, half of the firm's project management positions—which lead multimillion-dollar projects throughout Greater Grand Rapids—are now filled by women, something that's typically unheard of in the construction industry.

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