GR "Top 100 Places to Live"

Annual listing from RelocateAmerica

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – It has made the Top 100 but could become a Top 10 nominee with your help.

RelocateAmerica has named Grand Rapids as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in 2011. This is the organization’s 14th annual listing of top communities in the United States.

“We are thrilled to rank in RelocateAmerica’s Top 100 Places to Live. Such a designation speaks to our community’s pride, diversity, innovation and remarkable quality of life not found in most cities,” Experience Grand Rapids President Doug Small said in a news release.

Now residents can post content, photos and videos that showcase the city for the Top 10 application process. The deadline for submissions is July 31 and the results will be released August 2.

“I encourage you to participate by submitting content that highlights our great city and why we deserve the recognition,” Small said.

“West Michigan is quickly becoming a national and international destination for growing businesses and talent,” said Birgit Klohs, president and CEO of The Right Place, Inc. “The innovative companies and talent of the future are locating in cities that are engaged, vibrant and unique. RelocateAmerica is providing the Grand Rapids community with a platform to speak to the special quality of life that is Grand Rapids.”

Rick Baker, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, recently relocated to Grand Rapids from Illinois.

“As a newer member of the community, it makes perfect sense to me that Grand Rapids would earn a spot on this list,” Baker said. “Our business community is strong, we have a diverse mix of industries in the area, and our cultural and civic institutions are thriving. We have a lot to be proud of in this city, and I’m sure that will come through in process of voting for the Top 10.”

“Community pride is a good indicator of great leadership and a mark of what makes it a great place to live, work and play,” said RelocateAmerica President Steve Nickerson.

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