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As Grand Rapids has experienced strong economic growth in recent years, some communities have been left behind.
The lack of economic opportunities is more significant in the city’s Third Ward, according to a recent study.
Covering roughly one-third of the city’s land size and population, the Third Ward received $19.4 million — or 1.5 percent — of the $1.29 billion in private investments supported by the city’s economic development programs in 2012-17.
That’s compared to $750 million and $516 million invested in the First Ward and Second Ward, respectively.
Read more here.