Our latest survey forecast for the greater Grand Rapids economy (Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, and Allegan Counties) was conducted in November 2005.

• Business Confidence has suffered a marginal decline and is expected to be flat for 2006

• Employment growth is expected to be very modest, at best 0.5% for 2006

• Overall sales are expected to grow at a rate comparable to last year, around 3% for 2006

• Exports continue to be a bright spot; expected growth is 5% for 2006