Imagination

Growing up, I was told that success was found in larger cities and bigger markets. I was told that my next destination would not be here. I disagree. You don’t have to leave somewhere to arrive. You can find yourself in Grand Rapids. I should know. I did.

Grand Rapids is as big as your imagination. We have 500 foot downtown water slides, we launch 100,000 paper airplanes from rooftops, we create “The Greatest Music Video Ever Made”  - Roger Ebert. This is a community that is open to creating a wave rather than riding one.

We can make you laugh: Gilda's Laugh Fest is one of the top comedy festivals in America. We can make your jaw drop: ArtPrize is an outdoor art competition with a $250,000 grand prize decided by public voting and participation. We can make you feel like a kid again: The Grand Rapids Sport & Social Club organizes kickball, dodgeball and more.

We are creating jobs and investing in keeping our talent here. We don’t know the meaning of the term 'dying city.'

We were listed as ABC World News Tonight's Person Of The Week.  We were honored by the International Downtown Association  for the best use of a downtown in the world. We are creating jobs and investing in keeping our talent here. We don’t know the meaning of the term “dying city” . We are alive and well.

Come to Grand Rapids. Tell them I sent you. 

- Jeff Barrett is a co-founder of Status Creative, a leader in social media engagement and the record holder for “most strikeouts in tee-ball.”