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Michigan Sets the Pace for Redevelopment

Mayor George Heartwell Grand Rapids Background: Now in his second term as mayor, Heartwell has transformed Grand Rapids into one of the nation’s greenest cities through a number of environmental measures, including alternative fuels for city vehicles and renewable resource energy. The United Nations recognized Grand Rapids as a Center of Expertise in sustainability. Motivation: What began as a passing interest for Heartwell became a passion during his first term in office, when he assembled the Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Council, a group of 30 environmentalists from across the country. When he ran for a second term in 2007, environmental issues were the centerpiece of his campaign. Most Memorable Project: A $150 million medical complex with doctors’ offices, a medical building for Michigan State University students and a hospital hotel for patients’ families. The complex, which used $12 million in brownfield credits, is being built concurrently with another project, a 340-room…Log In to Read Full Article

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