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Through the eyes of residents, artists, and business owners, this one-hour documentary looks at gentrification in three different neighborhoods of the City of Grand Rapids. It also looks at alternative development to help people living on the streets and mixing market rate with affordable housing to strengthen neighborhoods. This hyper-local program is part of Mutually Inclusive.
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Amazing talent in Grand Rapids...
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Such a great cause...
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PR Flack, Social Media Vagabond, Communications Consultant & Part-Time Professor in West Michigan loving life in perpetual beta. Siracha for Social Media.
I'm a life-long geek who has been been using "social media" since before it had a name. 

I love this stuff and have the benefit of over a decade of immersion in the medium. I spent college in front of a computer monitor instead of partying, and one of my favorite things in the world is to get other people as excited about the intersection of communications theory and technology as I am.

If you're in to credentials, I have Bachelor's and Master's in Communications from Grand Valley State University and I've worked at Grand Rapids-based communications firms including J.W. Messner, Inc. and Seyferth & Associates. I've done crisis communications, online reputation management, written social media policy, developed training, and promotion for over a decade with Grand Rapids Community College.

Presently I'm a Marketing Associate at 834 Design & Marketing and most recently worked on the promotional campaign that made "Lights in the Night" a Top Five Artprize entry.

I currently serve on the board of the West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Marketing Committee of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, the Marketing Committee of the Grand Rapids Film Festival, and I'm an adjunct faculty member at Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.
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nline Reputation Management, ORM, Social Media Marketing, Ideation, Public Speaking, Environmental Scanning, Web Content Management, New Media Development, Project Management, Environmental Scanning, Branding and Identity, Media Relations, Crisis Communications, Technology Consulting, Customer Service Training, Copy Writing
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This is one of the best auto shops I've ever worked with. I've been having my vehicles serviced with them for probably a decade now. They're fair, reasonably-priced and honest. They'll never try to sell you anything you don't need. In addition they're just nice people to do business with.
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The team is very professional, responsive and does excellent work at a very reasonable rate. You can't ask for more - they're great.
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This is my dad's agency, and I've worked in it for a number of years (and I've been a policyholder for over a decade) so I know how well customers are treated, and how good the insurance coverage is. That's why they've been in business for over thirty years. Tom built his business brick-by-brick by cold-calling prospects (back when people used to do that) and earning word-of-mouth referrals.
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Dr. Smith has been my dentist for years and I've been very happy with the care he and his staff have provided. They're very reasonably priced and fair.
Public - 11 months ago
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In a city studded with culinary gems, Grove is my favorite Grand Rapids restaurant. Beyond the sustainable ethos baked into their operations, they prepare delicious food and offer an innovative and ever-changing menu. Moreover, they offer a robust menu for both vegetarians and vegans (so good even an omnivore wouldn't feel short-changed). The service is superb and in dining there dozens of times I've never had an experience that was less than excellent. As the menu is so dynamic it's hard to identify favorite dishes that appear consistently, but the cheese plates are always a guilty pleasure (as is the butterscotch pudding for dessert).
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