September 9 – September 18, 2022, has been designated as National Welcoming Week.
The 2022 Welcoming Week theme is #WhereWeBelong!
Through Welcoming Week, organizations and communities bring together neighbors of all backgrounds to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.
The City of Grand Rapids is home to people of all backgrounds, including those who were not born here, but now call Grand Rapids home. Grand Rapids’ success depends on making sure that all Grand Rapidians feel welcome. New Grand Rapidians are a vital part of our community, along with our long-time residents, bringing ideas, starting businesses, serving in civic roles, working in critical industries, and contributing to the vibrant diversity that we value.
Join us in honoring, celebrating and welcoming New Americans to our home.
View the 2022 Welcome Week Mayoral proclamation issued by Mayor Rosalynn Bliss here: Welcoming Week Mayoral Proclamation.
Kent County Welcome Plan
Gateways for Growth in Kent County and Grand Rapids is a community-led process aimed at implementing welcoming initiatives. Download the final Kent County Welcome Plan here:
Gateways for Growth Kent County Welcome Plan(PDF, 3MB)