Greg Grootendorst, Chief Economist

Mr. Grootendorst received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  After college Greg dedicated a year to the AmeriCorps National Service Project, where he worked to provide affordable housing opportunities with a non-profit housing development agency in the inner city.  Following his one-year commitment, Greg returned to school and received a master’s degree from Michigan State University in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Economic Development.  While at the MSU, Greg worked with the University’s Extension service, assisting in planning projects for downtown Grand Rapids.  He also worked with the city of Lansing’s Economic Development Department conducting economic impact analysis on various projects.  Greg has been with the HRPDC since 2001 and as the Chief Economist, conducts regional economic modeling, forecasting, and provides information and analysis at the local, regional, and state level.