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10/17/17

Enrollment Climbing in Michigan's CTE Programs, but Completion Rates Remain Low

Lapeer Becomes Home to Michigan's Largest Solar Park

Macomb Community College Leads Coalition to Address Manufacturing Skills Gap

Very Little ‘Typical’ About Life at Economic Developer LSCP

10/10/17

Bill Allowing 80,000 Self-driving Cars on the Road Passes Senate Panel

Detroit Plan Will Invest $125 Million in Business Districts, Reclaim $2.6 Billion in Retail Spending

Stabenow, Peters Introduce Small Business Legislation

USDOT Opens $500M TIGER Program Funding Opportunity for FY 2017

10/3/17

Continental Tests Autonomous Cars in U.P.

Kalamazoo Unveils Economic Development, Affordable Housing Strategies

Michigan Communities get $23.2 Million for Infrastructure Projects

The Michigan Comeback Story

Two MEDA Members – Clarinda Barnett-Harrison and John Paul Rea – Make Crain’s 40 Under 40 List

9/26/17

Fort Custer Chosen for Department of Defense Energy Project

Networks Northwest CEO honored

Nothing Is Too Strange for Cities Wooing Amazon to Build There

9/19/17

Amazon Expands with New Fulfillment Center in Michigan, Creating 1,000 New Full-Time Jobs

Merrill Technologies Group to invest $3.75 million in Alma, Saginaw

Saline Adds Big-Town Developments While Maintaining Small-Town Spirit

Two 500-Megawatt Electric Generating Plants Proposed for Marshall's Industrial Park

9/12/17

7 Things Michigan Lawmakers Plan to Tackle This Fall

Industrial Developers Look to Expand Midland Presence

Long-Term Sustainable Growth is Possible, and Michigan is Well-Positioned for It

9/5/17

Midtown Detroit unveils plans for $20 million Selden Corridor redevelopment

Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Cars to be Tested in the US

Small Business Boost: Michigan SBDC Gets $100,000 Grant

8/29/17

435-Job, $29M Auto Manufacturing Plant to Roll Into Flint Buick City

Launch Manistee Grant Aims To Help Local Businesses

These States are Leaning into the Brownfield Boom with New Funding and Policy Initiatives

8/22/17

Linkedin to open Detroit office, hire 30

Michigan Dept. of Ag to spur investment with $4.7M in new incentives

New R&D center unites the art and science of baking for $2B Michigan company

8/15/17

Dart Container Corporation Plans Technical and Innovation Center in Mason, Michigan

Flint & Genesee Chamber Announces Leadership Realignment

The Michigan-China Trade Relationship is Growing

8/8/17

Advisory Group Releases Workforce Information Agenda

Ex-MEDC CEO Steve Arwood to Lead Public-Private Partnerships at Law Firm

How to Keep “Startup Day Across America” Going More for than One Day

8/1/17

New "Creative Chamber" Created in Traverse City to Attract, Keep Creative Talent

New MEDC Chief Offers Blueprint for Michigan's Economy

USDA Accepting Applications for Rural Broadband Projects

7/25/17

‘Full employment’ in 33 of 83 counties

Report: Michigan no Longer a Flyover State for Venture Capital

7/18/17

Agriculture Forum: Efforts are Connecting Farmers Through New Linking Program

From Rough Ride to Respectable: Michigan Wins for Most Improved

Groups Launch STEM Careers Video Showcase

7/11/17

Utilities, Association Offer Services to Businessesssociation Offer Services to Businesses

Snyder: Make Michigan the go-to State for Top Jobs

Cole Says Auto Industry Future to be Marked by Change, Uncertainty

7/5/17

Report: Autonomous Vehicles Could Shrink Auto Insurance Sector By 71 Percent

Ten Years of Placemaking In Michigan. A Story of Achievements and Successes

6/27/17

Right Place CEO named 2017 'Business Person of the Year'

Gov. Snyder recommends Jeff Mason to lead Michigan's economic development

SBAM Collaborates to Help Small Business Owners

Michigan Launches Plan to Boost Career Education - and Skilled Trades

Amazon seeks $5M tax break for new $140M distribution center in Michigan

6/20/17

Bills Capture Income Taxes for 'Challenging' Projects, says Gov. Snyder

Michigan Ranks #1 in Competitiveness in the Midwest and #5 Overall in Site Selection’s 2017 Prosperity Cup

6/13/17

‘Wake-up Call’ Issued for Michigan Home Building

Obituary for Gregory Main

Trade Group Announces Grants to Improve Gathering Spaces

6/6/17

Some Michigan Companies are 'Turning Away Work' as 100K Jobs go Unfilled

Business Leaders on Michigan

Creative Chambers Initiative Seeks to Attract Creative Industries to Michigan

5/30/17

Steve Arwood Stepping Down as Head of State Economic Development Agency

U.P. Economic Development group named

U.S. Department of Agriculture gives priority to project funding through four programs in a new round of grants

5/23/17

Investors are Bringing Their Millions to Lansing

New SBA Director for Michigan to Drive Awareness of Loan Programs

5/15/17

St. Clair County's First Business Incubator Buzzing With Fresh Ideas

Sick of Losing Talent War, Detroit Tries Silicon Valley Makeover

5/9/17

April 2017 Michigan Public Policy Survey Finds: Improving communication, building trust are seen as keys to fixing relationships between local jurisdictions and the State government

Muskegon Food Hub Pilot is Step Toward Cross-lake Agriculture Shipping-Learn More About Food Hubs at the Spring Toolbox-Learn More About Food Hubs at the Spring Toolbox

The Nuanced New World of Economic Development Incentives

5/2/17

House Panel OKs Tax Incentives for Developers

Michigan Eyes Strategies to Boost Job Training

It's National Small Business Week - Visit the SBA Website to Learn How You Can Celebrate!

4/24/17

Michigan Main Street First to Pilot State-Wide Implementation of Refreshed Main Street Approach

To Keep on Trucking, States Streamline Food Truck Licensing

4/18/17

Michigan Economic Development Corp. to Grant $1M in Funding to Research Universities
 

Beacon Council Names Former Michigan Official Mike Finney President and CEO

Come and Hear Mike Speak at the Spring Toolbox   

NMU Representatives Explain UP Broadband Expansion Plans

Indiana Should Modernize Economic Development Approach, Study Says

4/10/17

Governor Snyder Calls on Southeast Michigan to Jumpstart Infrastructure Pilot Program

MSU Study Finds Potential for "Deconstruction Economy" in Michigan

4/3/17

'Good Jobs' Package Approved by State Senate Makes Michigan Competitive, Backers Say

Potatoes, Pop, and JIFFY Corn Muffins: Michigan's Agri-businesses Thrive and Reinvest

3/27/17

MEDC, NEI Launch $4.2M Fund for Tech Startups

Bay City and Saginaw Metro Area Ranked in Top 10 for Investment

Deadline Approaching for Michigan Communities to Apply for Public Infrastructure Assistance

3/20/17

States Not Waiting on Trump's Infrastructure Plan

MEDA Member Mandi Chasey Named in National Rural Assembly's List of Amazing Rural Women

Michigan Outpaces Other States on Tacentivx Breaks, Ines for Businesses

Lapeer Among Three Communities to Join Michigan Main Street Program

3/6/17

Michigan's Newest Hub for Entrepreneurs Features Hip Vibe, Waterfront Views

MEDA Member Rob Cleveland Named to North America's Top 50 Economic Developers - Download the Consultant Connect E-Book

2/27/17

Senate Approves Tax Incentive for Blight Redevelopment

Michigan's Aerospace Programs are Taking Off!

Tecumseh Approves Adrian-Tecumseh SmartZone

2/15/17

Holistic Approach Will Ensure Michigan Can Compete, Isn’t Left Behind Other States Luring Good Jobs, Investment

Ford's Investment in Michigan is Creating 70 Jobs at One Company

2/6/17

Trade mission helps Michigan food business target Chinese markets

Microsoft's Southfield office moving downtown

Fed report shows Michigan leading Great Lakes area economic growth

1/30/17

Snyder, Michigan businesses heading to Israel on investment mission

New $7.5 million development planned for Detroit's New Center

Booming again: West Michigan’s economy is on a roll

1/23/17

$10 deal will turn closed GM foundry & landfill in Michigan into urban park

American Center for Mobility named federal driverless car proving ground

Hillsdale County welcomes a fabulous new specialty shop, M & M Smokehouse Meats

1/16/17

Uber to build autonomous-vehicle research center in Michigan

Medicaid expansion boosts Michigan's economy and will more than pay for itself

Housing market begins 2017 on a 'hot' note

Best Communications Practices MEDA Board of Directors Blog

1/9/17

Rewards of Economic Development Outweigh Costs

Mobility Initiative Aims to Match State Auto Business, Silicon Valley

1/3/2017

The Year in Michigan Business: Food Economy, Company Towns, U.P. Innovation and More

New DTE Energy Wind Park Will Power Over 22,000 Homes

Dow Creating R&D Center in Michigan

12/27/16

State boosts Ford's $60-million urban plan for Dearborn

Proposed Amazon distribution center to bring 1,000-plus jobs to Metro Detroit

GM to start production of self-driving cars in Michigan by early 2017

12/19/2016

Autonomous Vehicles – The Future Has Arrived in Michigan

Michigan Energy Overhaul Wins Big Support

GM will launch production, testing of self-driving Bolts in Michigan

12/12/2016

Trump's effort to save Carrier jobs 'makes our life very difficult,' says Birgit Klohs

Gilbert-backed incentive plan dies in Michigan House

Palisades nuclear power plant to close in 2018

12/5/2016

Study shows Michigan economy could grow in defense industry

Big brownfield tax capture, economic development bills clear Senate

Detroit to become highest density sports city in the nation

11/28/2016

If Palace falls, land could be hot for redevelopment

Brownfield incentive legislation would cap annual tax captures at $50 million

Commercial real estate execs optimistic for West Michigan, but remain vigilant

11/21/2016

Ex-MIS president Roger Curtis to helm state job agency

Economists predict some job growth in Michigan

Chinese electric vehicle company to create R&D center near Ann Arbor

11/14/2016

Gordie Howe International Bridge project spans new horizons

Lawmakers send autonomous car bills to Snyder

$9 million Old Irish Mill could become Michigan's next Frankenmuth

11/7/2016

The Right Place wins International Awards

SPLT Takes $500,000 Top Prize at Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Michigan Tries to Make it Easier for Companies to Break into Defense Industry

10/31/2016

Three Tech Startups Move to Downtown Pontiac

Geological mapping could spur economic development, protect water quality

Economic Development Partnership hosts annual dinner

10/24/2016

Five States Account for Half of U.S. Business R&D

Stabenow Announces Funding for Michigan Agriculture

New Paper Examines State Economic Development Indicators

10/17/16

Paying Less at Pump Primes State Economy

Alliance to Tackle Flint Projects in 60 Days

101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City

10/10/16

College Grads Can Expect Good Job Prospects

The Independent Workforce is Bigger than Anyone Thought

Holland, Saugatuck Listed in Fodor's '25 Underrated Midwestern Towns - See Holland for Yourself at our 2017 Annual Meeting! Mark Your Calendar for August 15 - 18!

10/3/16

Michigan Grants FCA $4.56M for Sterling Heights Investment

New Rules for Raising Venture Capital

Stabenow Plans to Introduce Urban Ag Legislation

9/26/16

China to Promote Development by Opening Economy 'even wider': Li

Iden Loan Promotion Bill Signed Into Law

Department of Commerce is Giving Businesses a Voice in Shaping Training Programs

9/19/16

Entrepreneurial Fair Aims to Target Laid-off Dow Workers Seeking New Opportunities

MEDC to Provide More Money for Entrepreneurship, Innovation

9/12/16

Making a Comeback - a blog by the MEDA Board President

Market Shifts Favor New Industrial Development - MEDA Annual Meeting in the News!

Rivers of Vibrancy: Cities Embrace Waterways as Economic Development Strategy - MEDA Annual Meeting in the News!

Jefferson-Chalmers Neighborhood Named Michigan's First National Treasure

9/6/16

Where to Get Updates on Skilled Trades Training Fund for 2017

Farm Preservation Program Kicks off With Celebration

Dow Chemical/Dupont Merger Could be Delayed to 2017

Development Plan for Michigan State Fairgrounds Unveiled

Group Wants to Put Apple Orchard, Cider Mill on Detroit's East Side

8/30/16

Apple: You Can Have Taxes or You can Have Jobs, But You Can't Have Both

Winner Chosen in $50,000 Detroit Business Startup Competition

8/22/16

West Michigan produces 27 of fastest-growing private companies in US

7 things every Michigan business startup must know

8/15/16

Labor shortage puts a drag on Michigan's fastest-growing region

Michigan and the death of entrepreneurship

Ann Arbor startups are ahead of curve, but face challenges in Michigan

8/8/16

How $200 million plans for lakefront site could benefit all of Michigan

Packard Plant redevelopment could actually happen soon

Howell's roots drive its future

Dollars and Sense? Municipalities wrestle with disconnect between state revenue sharing and the economy

8/1/16

Eco-friendly Tesla supplier to locate in Flint, create 380 jobs

State commits $20M to Willow Run autonomous car testing

LawnGuru hints at where Michigan economy's headed

7/25/16

With $5M to lend, West Michigan's first microloan program gets a slow start

Howes: Gilbert backing talks for new development tools

Report: Michigan must continue to diversify economy, grow entrepreneurship

7/18/16

Ann Arbor home to Michigan's new economy

Denso investing $37 million in Michigan, adding 125 jobs

Detroit’s riverfront turns bend for the better

7/11/16

Bay City OKs $1.8 million in tax breaks for downtown Crapo Building project

Michigan-China Innovation Center to open in Detroit

Brexit adds uncertainty for West Michigan manufacturers

7/4/16

Big changes ahead for downtown west Dearborn

Northern Michigan's big labor shortage – a case of supply vs. demand

Vibrant downtowns are perfect fits for technology firms

6/27/16

Small Business Lending Platform to Commit $5M to Fund Entrepreneurs in Michigan

Downtown planners explore new ideas for Calder Plaza

250 new jobs pledged with Michigan firm's $5.6M expansion

6/20/16

Ontario giving FCA $85.8M to assist Windsor investments

Ambitious Brush Park development in Downtown Detroit already getting acclaim

Flat and happy? Forecast for West Michigan manufacturing eases as economic cycle matures

6/13/16

Tax breaks for Switch data center will hold local communities 'harmless'

Nearly $1 billion generated in Detroit by Michigan's research universities

State of Michigan Business: Economic Outlook

6/6/16

Two MEDA Members – Fey Beydoun and Birgit Klohs – on 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan List

Timeline rolled out for Detroit-to-Ann Arbor rail, other transit plans

The Sharing Economy Can Transform Economic Development

Michigan launches 'Planet M' to position state as mobility leader

5/30/16

JPMorgan Chase's $4M grant to give Detroiters jobs

How is Michigan faring? It depends on who you ask

Howes: Converging autos, tech challenge Mich. economy

5/23/16

Venice Biennale focuses on Detroit of the imagination

Pardon me: Grey Poupon's move to Mich. will add jobs

RTA wants Detroit-Ann Arbor commuter rail service

5/16/16

People need jobs. Factories need workers. Busing, a love story.

From enemies to partners: Automakers and Silicon Valley

Michigan hot dog, sausage maker will hire 140 new workers, invest $35M

5/9/16

New developer interested in downtown Bay City Chemical Bank building

Report: Detroit’s Industrial Market Continues to Improve in 2016

5 things to know about the 44,153 jobs coming to Oakland County by 2018

5/2/16

Michigan prisoners get new job training option

Ford, Fiat Chrysler plant investments get state tax breaks

$53M apartment project gets state approval for big tax break

Michigan historic districts overhaul legislation shelved by committee

4/25/16

Michigan to receive $188M for blight removal efforts

Berrien joins the economic A-Team

National parks in Michigan pump $290M into economy

4/18/16

Flint's Decline, Grand Rapids' Success Predicted in 70-year-old Study

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance to promote business in 8-county region

Michigan Tourism Conference to Encourage Industry to Innovate, Thrive

4/11/16

Start-up cash loves Michigan

Bay Future raises more than $800k for $1.2 million jobs plan

Jackson City officials hope to have OpenCounter economic development tool up by end of month

4/4/16

New Report Reinforces Critical Role of Creative Industries in Michigan Economy

Site Selector/IEDC Board Members Gives Advice on Turning Company Leads into Wins

FlintNOW Foundation, Huntington Bank Announce $25 Million Economic Development Program For Flint

3/28/16

Michigan's Joblessness Rate Dips Below National Average

Start-up Failures Provide Lessons in Michigan

Bob Young, CEO Podcast: Conversations on Economic Opportunity

3/21/16

Henry Ford College to Partner with State to Prepare Students for Energy Jobs

Transportation Leader: Equitable Urban Revitalization Comes from Breaking Silos

VIDEO: Learn about the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption Law

3/14/16

Learn About the Melissa Nebelsick, CEcD, scholarship for Women in Economic Development - Apps Due 5/6

MEDA Members in the News:
Wightman & Associates, Inc. Named 2016 Large Firm of the Year by American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan

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