Mayor Rosalynn Bliss named in Crain’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids first female mayor, is receiving a big honor from a Detroit-based organization.

Crain’s Detroit Business named  Bliss one of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ for her accomplishments over the past six months as mayor.  Her historic election win was also mentioned during the announcement in a recent press release from the City of Grand Rapids.

According to Crain’s website, the organization honors women who are leaders in business, academia, non profit and public policy. They’ve been honoring women in metro Detroit since 1997 and now take that recognition statewide.

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    • Andrew

      Oh, and as a point of illustration regarding the credibility of these awards, exactly what “influential accomplishments” are they referring to? Because near as I can tell she has done nothing of her own accord and has merely continued on with the lunacy projects and policies set in motion by her predecessor, George Heartwell. It seems that all Crain’s lists as her recognized accomplishments are 1) being elected, and 2) preparing to oversee the restoration of the rapids project. Big whoop. She was elected because she was pre-selected and groomed for the job by a corrupt political system in the city, not because of anything she had actually done, and she has had absolutely NOTHING to do with the promotion, oversight, or furtherance of the rapids restoration project. In other words, Crains had a hell of a time finding 100 women of influence in the state and had to resort to simply picking women with prominent job titles regardless of their actual influence or accomplishments.

      What an offensive way to present businesswomen in Michigan!

  • Sheila Devereaux

    I can think of at least 30 women right here in Grand Rapids who are more influential in the state of Michigan than Roz Bliss. This is the one thing that I believe will end up working in favor of Grand Rapids, where Bliss is concerned — She is entirely non-influential. She has no charm, no charisma, nor does she have the capacity for intimidation or persuasion. And although it has only been six months, she has done absolutely nothing notable so far except throw a few tantrums. Hardly what one would consider exemplary leadership.

    If you want to see what an influential woman in Michigan looks like, take a look at people like Birgit Klohs.

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