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What the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan Does for GRR

What the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan Does for GRR

From Rapid Growth Media:

Up until the day I went to talk with Dan Wiersma about the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan (RAAWM), I still thought that when you decided to take a plane somewhere, you usually drove or took a bus to Detroit or Chicago first. Why did I think that? Because that's what everyone said. It was cheaper to get to Detroit or Chicago and fly from there than it was to fly straight out of Grand Rapids.

Wiersma, RAAWM's executive director and treasurer, explains to me that RAAWM is making strides to change that, and has already greatly impacted the cost of air transit in West Michigan.

In 2007, Wiersma says, Dick Devos was approached by a number of business leaders at a Christmas party. The conversation dealt with the issues of how expensive it was to fly in or out of Grand Rapids, and what it would take to bring a low-cost air carrier to town.

G-Sync - At The Intersection of Houston and Portland

G-Sync - At The Intersection of Houston and Portland

From Rapid Growth:

Numerous studies tell us that as oil prices rise, major population shifts begin. But most importantly, our personal transportation choices are subject to change -- especially in urban areas.

If you have traveled abroad, then you know very well what cities have excellent public transportation and you know which ones don't.

The lack of good public transportation is why you get a Houston, but once in a while, you get a Portland. Successful public transportation all comes down to planning.

The United Nations conducted a worldwide population study a few years ago, showing that by the year 2030, our urban centers will contain the vast majority of population growth. People will be migrating back to the cities because essential services are best served in dense regions.

While the mega-cities will grab plenty of headlines and people, the significant new growth will be happening within the smaller cities.