Grand Rapids profited from the booming logging industry following the Civil War, and the timber flowing down the river helped establish “Furniture City” in the late 1800s. Damming the river helped make Grand Rapids a thriving city then but the time has come for a riverfront engineered to serve the present-day needs of all Grand Rapidians.
Steve Heacock is a business and community leader whose career has included executive management, legal and accounting practice, community building, civic engagement, and public service. He is President/CEO of Grand Rapids Whitewater, which is restoring the namesake rapids to the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids.
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