Residents of Grand Rapids thrive as members of an economically diverse community, having offered notable contributions to the industries such as healthcare, consumer goods, information technology, and aviation. The area was once home to flourishing Native American communities, including the Hopewell and Ottawa tribes. The first Europeans to arrive were fur traders, and the local resources eventually attracted lumberers and furniture builders. Our city remains recognized as the home of the world's top five furniture manufacturing companies and the restored Meyer May house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
As the hometown of the 38th President of the United States, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum recognizes his leadership.