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    Walkers on Gillette Bridge

    Form of Government
    The City Commission is a legislative body; its members are elected and are the policy-makers.  The City Manager is appointed by the Commission to serve as the City's chief administrator.  Two City Commissioners are elected from each of the City's three wards.  The Mayor is elected by the City at large.  All elected officals serve staggered four-year terms.

    The Grand Rapids-Holland-Muskegon Metropolitan Statistical Area [MSA] is the federal designation given to the four county areas of Kent-Muskegon-Ottawa-Allegan Counties. The City of Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan. City of Grand Rapids: 45.3 Square Miles (est. 2001). Kent County: 864 Square Miles. MSA: 2,759 Square Miles.

    City of Grand Rapids: 192,643 (2010 est.). County: 579,875 (2010 est.). MSA : 770,800 (2010 est.).CSA: 1,330,384 (2010 est.)

    Average temperature: Summer-71.60F; Winter-21.80F; 170 Frost-free days per year; Annual Rainfall-37"; Annual Snowfall-72".

    Employment Base
    MSA: Manufacturing: 26%; Non-manufacturing: 62%; Government: 10%.

    Water and Sewer
    Lake Michigan supplies 100% of the Citys water needs. The water is transported through two large pipelines. The City recently completed a five-year, $160 million upgrade to the sewer system.

    Property taxes amount to between $30.00 and $47.00 per $1000.00 of taxable value, depending on school district. Residents of Grand Rapids working in the City pay 1.3% income tax, while non-residents working in the City pay .65% income tax.

    Annual City Budget
    $405 million for Fiscal Year 2010.

    Labor Force
    MSA: Growth from 1991 to 2001: 146,700 new jobs.  Average hourly earnings for a production worker: $15.70/42.2 week.

    Air Transportation
    The Gerald R. Ford International Airport services 120 flights per day to and from 25 major cities. Eight  passenger and two cargo carriers operate out of this airport. This facility also functions as a full-service U.S. Customs Port.  Has set new passenger record in 2010.

    Rail freight service is provided by Conrail, Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad and CSX; passenger service is provided by Amtrak.

    A force of 316 Uniformed Officers, 81 Civilians and 0 Interns provide police protection for the City. The department has a qualified explosives removal team, a crime analysis and crime prevention lab, and an under-water recovery team.

    A professional staff of 235, with 11 fire stations, provide fire protection for the City.

    Spectrum Health Blodgett and Butterworth: Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital,  Spectrum Ferguson Center;  Spectrum Kent Community Campus.  Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital; St. Marys Mercy Medical. Van Andel Research Institute, Fred &n Lena Meyer Heart Center, Metro Health.

    Houses of Worship
    City of Grand Rapids: Protestant, 480; Catholic, 47; Jewish, 3.  A number of other faiths are also represented.


    Music: Grand Rapids Symphony; Opera Grand Rapids; St. Cecilia Music Society, Grand Rapids Ballet.

    Grand Rapids Public Library

    111 Library Plaza, (Main Branch), (616) 988-5400

    Six Branches in various locations throughout the city.

    Theater: Grand Rapids Civic Theater; Circle Theater; Broadway Theater Guild, Wealthy Street Theater.

    Museums: Van Andel Museum Center; Grand Rapids Art Museum; Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids Childrens Museum.

    Architecture and Public Sculpture: Calder's "La Grande Vitesse", Kinnebrew's "Fish Ladder", Voigt House; Meyer-May House; Frank Lloyd Wright Home, Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, Rosa Park.

    Other Attractions

    John Ball Park Zoo; Van Andel Arena; Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts; Chaffee Planetarium; Blandford Nature Center; DeVos Place/DeVos Hall; Ladies Literary Club, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Rosa Park Circle.

    Educational Institutions

    Aquinas College; Calvin College; Cornerstone College; Davenport College of Business; Ferris State University GR; Grand Valley State University; Kendall School of Art and Design; Grand Rapids Community College; Cooley Law School, Michigan State University-West; Western Michigan University-G.R; Michigan State Medical School

    Professional Sports

    Grand Rapids Griffins, Hockey, International Hockey League;   Whitecaps, Baseball, Rampage Arena Football.

    For More Information

    City of Grand Rapids Customer Service Information Center, (616) 456-3000.  Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, (616) 771-0300; Grand Rapids Visitors Bureau, (616) 459-8281.