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MMDC Quarterly Breakfast

Michigan Energy Beat
October 27, 2017 12:00 PM

The Middle Michigan Development Corporation Quarterly Breakfast Meeting took place Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Mountain Town Station, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

MMDC's special guest was Tino Breithaupt Senior Vice President, National and Global Business Development Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Below are the SoundCloud PodCasts of that morning session.

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Retention Is Vital For Every Region

Michigan Business Beat
September 20, 2017 1:00 PM

Chris Holman welcomes Birgit Klohs, President & CEO,The Right Place, Grand Rapids, MI on this segment of Michigan Business Beat. Birgit talks about how retention is vital for every region and how the #1 problem for most businesses is talent shortage.

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Cinnaire President & CEO Receives Prestigious Award

Michigan Business Network
September 18, 2017 9:00 AM

Mark McDaniel Honored as Industry Champion for Lasting Contributions to the Affordable Housing Industry

Cinnaire recently announced that president and CEO Mark Mcdaniel has been named for induction into the Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) Affordable Housing Hall of Fame. Recognized as being industry champions, pioneers, leaders and advocates for better housing programs and policies, the AHF Hall of Fame Inductees will be honored at AHF Live: The 2017 Affordable Housing Developers’ Summit on November 14th – 16th in Chicago.
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LEAP Staff Members Receive Prestigious Economic Development Awards

Pure Lansing
August 25, 2017 11:00 AM


LEAP Staff Recognized for Dedication to Advancing The Economic Development Profession

The Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) held its Annual Conference last week. The theme of this year’s meeting was “CONNECT: People. Ideas. Solutions.” which let economic developers know the connections that are needed to succeed with emerging industries, themes, and tools.

At the conference MEDA hosted a New Member and Awards Reception where four statewide awards were presented to outstanding economic developers, including the Mike Conboy Professional Development and President’s Awards. The Conboy Award is given to one MEDA member who has made substantial, long-term contributions/commitment to MEDA, specifically focusing on the advancement of the economic development profession through support of education and training, and by expanding the knowledge base of economic developers. The President’s Award is given to members that have provided a substantial contribution to the organization and its statewide economic development efforts.

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Collaboration between Start Garden and The Right Place leads to innovative mobile food cart manufacturer expansion in Walker

Michigan Business Network
August 17, 2017 9:00 AM

Veteran-owned MOVE Systems International investing $13 million; adding 27 jobs to expand eco-friendly food cart and electricity pedestal production

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH (Aug. 16, 2017)- The Right Place, Inc., the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and Start Garden’s venture fund spin-off Wakestream Ventures celebrated its first collaborative effort to bring jobs to the region with the announcement that New York-based mobile food manufacturer Move Systems International (dba MOVE Systems) will invest more than $13 million and add 27 jobs at its Walker production facility.

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Two Lansing Runway Designers to Compete on Project Runway

Pure Lansing
August 15, 2017 2:00 PM


Grand Ledge Twins Continue to Succeed in Highly Competitive Fashion Industry

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and The Runway are excited to support two hometown designers as they compete on the Emmy Award winning, fashion reality show, Project Runway produced by Lifetime Network.

Grand Ledge twins Claire and Shawn Buitendorp were first introduced to The Runway as students in the Lansing Community College (LCC) Fashion Technology Program. The Buitendorps graduated from LCC in 2011, and are no strangers to success on a national stage. The twins have dressed singer Katy Perry more than 25 times, and recently competed and won the VH1 hit reality show Twinning.

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Bekum Apprenticeship Program Proves to be a Success!

Michigan Business Network
August 15, 2017 11:00 AM

MBN was on the road to visit Bekum America Corporation in Williamston, MI. Bekum is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of “extrusion blow molding” machinery. MBN's Jeffrey Mosher had to the opportunity to interview some of the employees that went through Bekum's in-house apprenticeship program.

Bekum opened its doors for this event as part of a series of stops Michigan's 8th District U.S. Congressman Mike Bishop is conducting during August. Others on hand for the day represented Michigan State University, PLASTICS Industry Association, and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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MSU's Dr. Charles Ballard Economic Update on Michigan, USA, and World

Michigan Business Beat
August 9, 2017 9:00 AM

Chris Holman catches up with Dr. Charles L. Ballard Department of Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

They discuss an economic update covering Michigan, the United States, and the rest of the world, as of early August 2017.

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Cinnaire Appoints Vice President of Strategic Communications and Vice President of Social Capital

Michigan Business Network
August 7, 2017 12:00 PM

Cinnaire, a full-service Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Lansing, MI, with offices in five states, supports community stabilization and economic development, recently announced two new positions in the Wilmington, DE, office and the Detroit, MI, office.

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Cinnaire Advancing Communities at 2017 Great Lakes Lenders Conference

Michigan Business Beat
August 1, 2017 9:00 AM

While at the 2017 Great Lakes Lender's Conference, in Detroit. Chris Holman catches up with Mark S. McDaniel President and CEO of Cinnaire, to discuss what they are and what they do, then going into specifics about their community development, affordable housing and legislative policy.

The Great Lakes Lenders Conference was happening last week in Detroit. 

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