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7/16/18

Detroit Regional Chamber and General Motors NeighborHUB Grant Program Now Accepting Applications For Five Grants Up To $30,000

Flint: Fertile Ground Where Ideas Come to Life and Promote Economic Growth

Uncertainties of Trade War Leave Local Businesses Unable to Plan

Michigan Releases Hot 50 Jobs Outlook through 2026

MEDA Members in the News
Right Place Signs Partnership with Oceana County

Economic Development Around the World
Top 10 States that are Winning the War for Talent

7/9/18

New Zones Created by Tax Overhaul Draw Investor Attention

Recommendations for Small Towns to Maintain Quality of Life as Populations Decline

MEDA Members in the News
Meet Tyler Rossmaesler
Northwood University Recognizes Annette Rummel in Distinguished Women Awards

Economic Development Around the World
U.S. Tariff's Among the Lowest in the World - and in the Nation's History

7/2/18

Check Out the Economic Development Matters Video

Top Ilitch Spokesman Leaving for MEDC Job

Data Shows Pay is Up for Northern Michigan Jobs

MEDA Members in the News
Spotify USA Inc. to Open a Regional Office in Birmingham

Economic Development Around the World
America's New Factory-Building Frenzy

6/25/18

USDA Rural Development Wants You to Know that They Have Grant Money for Water & Waste Disposal - Get Complete Details

Midwest Farmers Who Plan Ahead Could Turn Climate Change Into an Agricultural Advantage

Community Engagement Toolkit

MEDA Members in the News
Hatchcast by MSU Hatch on Apple Podcast

Economic Development Around the World
How Subway Ads Asking Millennials to Move Helps Economic Development

6/18/18

Small Business Association of Michigan Releases Entrepreneurship-led Economic Development Strategy

Flint's Economic Development Director Readies for New Investments

Hospitality Business Alum Celebrates Half-Century of Growing Frankenmuth from Dinner Stop to Family Vacation Destination - Judy Zehnder Keller will stop in at our Annual Meeting!

MEDA Members in the News
City to Experiment with Pop-Up Maker Spaces

Economic Development Around the World
Why Cities Can't Stop Poaching From One Another

6/11/18

Unique Community Engagement Strategy

Economic Development Funding for Underground Storage Tanks

Michigan's Economy and Ranking as a Business-Friendly State Continue to Improve

MEDA Members in the News
Marisue Moreau Appointed to the Governor's Talent Investment Board

Economic Development Around the World
Minorities' Concerns Scuttle York City Plan to Outsource Economic Development
U.S. Leapfrogs Singapore, Hong Kong to Win World’s Most Competitive Economy

6/4/18

Michigan to Launch $8 Million Mobility Challenge

Michigan and U.S. Gain Economic Advantage Over Canada

Free Webinar on Opportunity Zones

5/29/18

FDI: The Art of (After) the Deal

Building a Different Kind of Pipeline

Rising Tide Communities Fellowship Program RFPs Due Next Month

MEDA Members in the News
Jessica DeBone Wins Developing Leaders PRISM Award

Economic Development Around the World
5 Lessons Michigan Cities Can Learn from the Twin Cities

New MEDA Blog Post!
public policy (noun): government policies that affect the whole population by Amy Clickner, CEcD, CFRM, Chief Executive Officer, Lake Superior Community Partnership

5/21/18

Ford to Shareholders: We Expect to Grow Our Presence in Detroit

Time for "Business as Unusual" for Michigan's Economy, Forecaster Says

Economic Development Around the World
21 Smart Communities to Watch in 2018

5/14/18

Some New Perspectives on the Labor Shortage and Unemployment Rate: Why You Can't Get the Job You Want

The Economic Development Administration Has Updated their Online Tools for Research

Economic Development Around the World
How Quickly Each State's Economy is Growing in One Map

5/7/18

Façade Restoration Initiative RFI's Being Accepted Until May 22nd

5E Leadership in Economic Development

4/30/18

Michigan Public Service Commission Approves St. Clair County Billion Dollar Power Plant

Ann Arbor Employers Launch Summer Program Designed to Retain Young Talent

MEDA Members in the News
Farmland Turning Into Industrial Park to Grow Economic Opportunities for Jackson County

New MEDA Blog Post
Grow Your Talent Pool by Dan Casey, Chief Executive Office, Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County

4/23/18

IEDC's New Why Invest in Economic Development Report

Holland is #1 Small City to Start a Business for Second Year in a Row

Guide to Michigan's State Trade Expansion Program

National Small Business Week is Next Week

4/16/18

Treasury, IRS Announces First Round of Opportunity Zone Designations for 18 States

Panel Scales Back Snyder's "Marshall Plan" for Talent

Future of the Factory: Cobots, Only Robots, and Industrial Augmented Reality

MEDA Members in the News
Kinexus is Best Non-Profit to Work for in 2018

4/9/18

Michigan Soybean Industry Reacts to China's Tariff Announcement

Cities by the Bay: Saginaw, Bay City Back from Brink as Downtowns Rebound

Economic Development Around the World
Building a Connected City from the Ground Up

4/2/18

The Store is Dead - Long Live the Store

Aerotropolis Push Attracts Firms and Jobs Near Detroit

Downtown Howell Named Top Great American Main Street

Michigan Ranked Third Nationally in Tech Job Growth After Adding 13K+ Jobs in 2017

3/26/18

Michigan's Economy is Bigger than Ever. Now is the Time to Diversify

The Opportunity Zones website has been updated with the nominated Zones. Approval should be within 30 days

A Free and Easy Tool for Businesses to Find Energy Efficiency Products for Their Building

New MEDA Blog Post
Making Connections for the Betterment of Our Community by Stephanie Carroll

3/19/18

U.S. Manufacturing Isn't Dwindling Away (or Booming)

The GM Car That Has No Steering Wheel or Pedals - Feedback from IIHS on What Is Needed Before This Type of Car Becomes More Common

EPA Announces FY18 Funding to Supplement Eligible Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants

Snyder Signs Bills Consolidating TIF Authorities

3/12/18

State Extends GROW Michigan Fund for Two More Years

Business Leaders for Michigan Predict Growth for Michigan, U.S. Economies

A Guide to Local World Trade Center Organization

3/6/18

MEDA Emerging Leaders Spring Program - Open for Registration

3/5/18

5 Things City Leaders Should Know About Opportunity Zones

Microsoft Partners with Michigan company to bring internet access to 82,000 rural residents

Northern Michigan Economic Developers Bet on Virtual Reality

New MEDA Blog Post
How Facebook Can Be An Economic Developer's Best Friend by Justin Horvath

2/26/18

$3 Million Grant Will Be Used to Hire Economic Development Team for Flint

A Modern Case for Regional Collaboration

100 Ideas Campaign - The Easiest Way to Pitch for $1,000 and Anyone Can Enter

2/19/18

One Michigan County is Getting Noticed Because of Various Growth Due to Collaboration

Four Trends That Will Impact Rental Markets in 2018

Tips for Using Storytelling to Plan and Enhance Your Community

New MEDA Blog Post
Who Are You?

2/12/18

High-Speed Internet Coverage to be Upgraded Across 10 Michigan Counties in the Great Lakes Bay and Thumb Region

Celebrating CTE in Michigan

MEDA Members in the News
The Right Place, Inc., Wins Prestigious Accreditation

2/5/18

Governor Snyder Signs Executive Order to Enhance Statewide Broadband Access

I-69 Thumb Region Issues RFP for Connecting Workers to Jobs

New Report: Powering the Mobility Revolution

1/29/18

Ford Just Acquired Two Startups That Have Nothing to Do With Cars As We Know Them

The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018

MEDA Members In the News
Clickner Appointed Chair of the IEDC Performance Oversight and Monitoring Committee

1/23/18

Detroit Misses 20-City Short List for Amazon HQ2

Business Hungry State Helps Economic Revival

MEDA Members in the News
Cindy Brown features in Grand Rapids Business Journal Influential Women Interview

1/16/18

CEcD Exam Prep Course in Ohio in February - 6 Seats Left!

Statewide Economic Developers Association Hosts Michigan Gubernatorial Candidates at Capitol Day Event

1/15/18

Detroit Auto Show to Include Expo With Over 80 Employers

Detroit Offers Room to Grow in Pitch for Amazon Headquarters

New Michigan Economic Center Report Shows Potential for Job Growth in Emerging Sectors

In MEDA's January Blog Post, 2018 Board President, Monique Holliday-Bettie Shares Insight On Setting Yourself Up for Success

1/9/18

Michigan Offering $5 Million in Competitive Grants for Career and Technical Education

New Report Shows How Communities Gain from Brownfield Area-Wide Planning

Ten Achievable New Year’s Resolutions for Economic Developers

1/2/18

Manufacturers Work to Address ‘Image Problem’ at Root of Talent Crunch

Michigan: A Rising Leader in Solar Power

Oakland County Breaks Single Year Record, Brings in Over $1 Billion in New Investments

12/26/17

Amazon HQ2 Bid Revealed: Tax Breaks, $120 Million Talent Program, Transit Vision

How the Tax Bill Will Change Governments’ Borrowing Costs

Lansing Economic Area Partnership Takes Over Economic Development for Ingham County

12/19/17

Michigan’s Automotive Industry Includes 2,200+ Facilities

NAFTA is Not a 'Job Killer' for Michigan, says Right Place President

What is Behind the Resurgence of Muskegon? Look to its Growing Support for Entrepreneurs.

12/12/17

86 Oakland County Businesses to Share More Than $2 Million in State Skilled Trades Training Funds

Detroit Development Fund to Make $1 Million in Loans for Healthy Food Businesses

Detroit Micro Lending Program a Blueprint for Cities Across the Nation

Mopar Opens $10M Center in Romulus, Expected to Create 100 Jobs

12/5/17

Ludington Business Announces Multi-Million Dollar Expansion

Why Michigan Needs Newcomers. Told in 5 Data Maps.

Universities Ramp up Research, Pump Out Inventions

11/28/17

Autonomous Ships on the Horizon for Great Lakes

Cascade Township Earns 5-star Ranking for Economic Development

Is Michigan Ready for the Next Recession?

Report: Tech and Workforce Investments Needed to Keep Michigan a "Manufacturing Powerhouse"

1/21/17

How to Capitalize on Small Business Saturday

Switch Plans Major Expansion of 'Pyramid Campus' for 2018

Visteon Invests $5M in Willow Run Mobility Center

11/14/17

First New Auto Plant to be Built in Southeast Michigan in More Than 25 Years

Gilbert’s Bedrock Seeks Council OK for Major Tax Breaks

InvestUP Aims to Attract Business to the UP

Transportation Grants Help Create 880 Jobs In Metro Detroit

11/7/17

After 25 years, Brownfield Cleanup Still Totals Millions

Report: Michigan’s Wine Industry Adds $5.4B to State Economy

State of the Region: Detroit Area Outpaces Nation in Private-Sector Job Growth

10/31/17

Cignys Investing $6 Million, Creating 50 New Jobs in Saginaw County

Labor Unions Break Ground on Training Center for Construction Workers

Nonprofits Contribute $17.8 Billion to Economy Annually in Southeast Michigan, Thumb

Report: Refugees Contribute $295M to Southeast Michigan Economy Annually

10/24/17

Great American Main Street Competition Names Howell, Saline Semi-Finalists

Ionia County Economic Alliance & The Right Place Partner with Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch to Enable Major Expansion

Seattle Leaders Look to Push ‘Refresh’ Button with Amazon

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 Spendin

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

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