Grand Action 2.0 Transforms Downtown, Amphitheater Approved for Riverfront Build

Grand Action 2.0 Transforms Downtown

Grand Action 2.0 is revitalizing Grand Rapids with a long-term vision for culture and community.

The non-for-profit, economic development organization is building upon decades of transformational projects in our downtown space and has brought major upgrades to our city such as the Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place, and Grand Rapids’ Downtown Market.

Most recently, Grand Action 2.0 received approval for an agreement with the Grand Rapids Area-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) to move forward with their latest downtown development project, which would build a large-scale amphitheater near the riverside in downtown Grand Rapids. The venue would seat up to 12,000 and bring more jobs, increase tourism, and expand the number of events that can be hosted downtown.

This approval brings Grand Action 2.0 one step closer to making this project a reality.

Construction of the amphitheater would be a huge milestone for downtown business community, as it would increase foot traffic in the city and bring new faces to Grand Rapids.

“Our city continues to evolve into an active lifestyle, four season city,” says Rich App, the Chamber’s Retail, Retention, and Attraction Specialist. “The recent agreement between the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) and private economic development group Grand Action 2.0, is an important step in bringing step into bringing the amphitheater to our downtown. Our city continues to foster amazing partnerships that move our city forward and this transformative project is another example of that.”

More than just a bump to businesses, the revitalization effort is evidence that our city is committed to building a bright future.

“Grand Action 2.0’s support for significant, visionary projects was a catalyst for the growth and revitalization of our city,” says Joshua Lunger, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Grand Rapids Chamber. “Pulling together the planning, public engagement and financing of such significant projects requires intentionality and commitment. We are extremely thankful for their work to continue advancing proposals that will have meaningful and lasting regional impact.”

Grand Action 2.0 is chaired by Carol Van Andel, Dick DeVos and Fifth Third Bank Regional President Tom Welch.

You can hear more from these leaders and more at our Grand Rapids Policy Conference on Tuesday, August 16, where we’ll discuss where the future of Grand Rapids from a policy and business perspective. Find details here.


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