GR Forward Goal 4 Alliance Expand Job Opportunity & Ensure Continued Vitality of the Local Economy

The GR Forward Goal 4 Alliance is a citizen-led council that advises DGRI staff on programs and projects related that enable Downtown GR's economy and business climate to thrive. Click here to read more about GR Forward Goal 4 background, purpose and recommendations. (PDF)

The Alliance brings together people with different knowledge, perspectives, and backgrounds to solve problems, identity opportunities, and support the day-to-day work of improving Grand Rapids' central city.

Appointed by the DGRI Board of Advisors, members typically have personal interest and/or professional expertise in finance, education, entretpreneurship, small business ownership and economic development. 

The Alliance meets regularly and provides the DGRI management staff with critical input that drives organizational budgets, programs, events, projects, incentives, and services.

Members

  1. Jorge Gonzalez, Chair

    Start Garden

  2. Regina Bradley

    Dwelling Place

  3. Mark Breon

    Spectrum Health

  4. Rick Chapla

    The Right Place

  5. Guillermo Cisneros

    Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  6. Kristian Grant

    Mini Mogul Academy

  7. Farida Islam

    Blue Cross Blue Shield

  8. Catlindt Landrum

    Citizen

  9. Jessica Ledesma

    Ferris State University

  10. Ace Marasigan

    Old National Bank

  11. Brandy McCallum

    AHC Hospitality

  12. Jason McClearen

    Everyday Chef & Wife

  13. Attah Obande

    Spring GR

  14. Brianna Vasquez de Pereira

    Kent Schools Services Network

  15. Scott Stenstrom

    Fifth Third Bank

  16. Elyse Marie Welcher

    Parliament the Boutique

  17. Kara Wood

    City of Grand Rapids, Economic Development

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

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