As Grand Rapids and the West Michigan region continues to grow, there are on-going efforts to make the community more opening and accepting of different cultures and lifestyles.

Friday, Nov. 17, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce is hosting the D.E.I. Summit. It's an event focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Chamber leaders say all three qualities are an important part of the region's growth, "To be a top-of-mind region that keeps talent and grows success for all, we must be open to accepting, welcoming, and engaging all people —whatever their socioeconomic backgrounds, skin color, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, or any other identifying differences."

A Pew Research Center Study says by 2055, the U.S. will not have a single racial or ethnic majority. Much of this change has been (and will be) driven by immigration.

If you are interested in attending the D.E.I. Summit at the J.W. Marriott in Grand Rapids Friday, you can call 616-771-300. Organizers say tickets do not need to be purchased in advance and walk-ins are welcome.

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