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Long-term credit ratings in 2018, marking the 20th consecutive year of this distinction.

- Standard & Poors Global and Moody’s Investor Services


Ranked 1st metro area to raise a family out of 100 largest metros.

- Forbes


Ranked 3rd in 2016, Leading Locations Report.

- Area Development Magazine


Ranked 2nd best large city to start a business.


6th Street Bridge
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Dar Baas

Director of Public Works (DPW)

Dar Baas, Director of Public Works (DPW), has been with the County since 2014, but this is actually his second time working for Kent County. From 2004-2007, he worked in the County Administrator’s office as a Management Analyst. “The significant projects I worked on were Millennium Park as an environmental project manager; purchase of development rights; the medical examiner facility study; and creation of the central dispatch authority,” Dar says. Learn More »

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Experience Grand Rapids

Experience Grand Rapids promotes Kent County as a premier convention & visitor destination.