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Michigan’s Jobless Rate Unchanged for June 2019

Michigan Business Network
July 17, 2019 4:00 PM

Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.2 percent in June, according to data released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Total employment inched up by 2,000 while unemployment rose by 3,000 over the month. The state’s workforce edged up slightly in June.

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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for “Imagination Factory” Project in Iron Mountain

Michigan Business Network
July 15, 2019 12:00 PM

$25,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places initiative 

LANSING, Mich. – Iron Mountain will be home to an interactive and imaginative learning center through a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and local nonprofit, Our Place Community Center-Imagination Factory Children's Museum, announced today. The campaign is being offered through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

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Treasury: Business Taxpayer Seminars Being Held in Traverse City

Michigan Business Network
July 5, 2019 5:00 PM

Treasury Outreach Team Covering Topics Related to Taxes, Wages and Audits

LANSING, Mich. – Business taxpayers can attend two seminars in Traverse City next week to learn more about taxes, wages and audits, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

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News Release | ASTi Opens 5th Office

Michigan Business Network
July 1, 2019 12:00 PM

ASTI ENVIRONMENTAL President Tom Wackerman is pleased to announce the opening of their 5th office which is located in Williamsburg, KY. 

Serving the environmental Due Diligence and Ecological needs of real estate developers, manufacturers, engineers, the public sector and others Nationally since 1985, ASTIs newest office is strategically positioned to serve our clients in the Midwest & Southeast United States, and joins ASTIs network of offices in Grand Rapids, Brighton, Detroit and Trenton, MI.

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News Release | Sale of Former Corrections Facility Provides Economic Opportunity for the City of Muskegon

Michigan Business Network
July 1, 2019 10:00 AM

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority announced Wednesday the sale of the former West Shoreline Corrections Facility to the City of Muskegon for redevelopment.

“We’ve had a great partnership with the City of Muskegon and I’m excited for the city to begin next steps on redevelopment,” Michigan Land Bank Interim Director Jeff Huntington said. “Today’s closing gives the city an opportunity to put the property back into productive use and back on the tax roll.”

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DTE Energy Board of Directors Elects Jerry Norcia as CEO; Gerry Anderson Elected Executive Board Chairman

Michigan Business Network
June 28, 2019 5:00 PM

Longtime working relationship ensures a seamless, successful transition

DTE Energy President and Chief Operating Officer Jerry Norcia will become president and chief executive officer beginning July 1. Norcia succeeds Gerry Anderson, who will serve as executive chairman of the board and continue as a full-time employee of the company.

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Business Expansions, Community Revitalization Projects Around Michigan Attract $235 Million In Investment, Support Creation of 554 Jobs

Michigan Business Network
June 28, 2019 3:00 PM

German battery manufacturer AKASOL establishing North American presence in metro Detroit area High-tech semiconductor equipment manufacturer KLA plans additional investment, job creation in Ann Arbor MSF supports community revitalization projects in Detroit, Cadillac

LANSING, Mich. – Projects expected to generate $235.3 million in total investment and support the creation of 554 jobs in Michigan gained approval from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today.

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Rising Health Insurance Costs and Talent Acquisition Are Top Concerns of Business Owners According to Latest Michigan Future Business Index

Michigan Business Network
June 27, 2019 11:00 AM

LANSING, Mich., June 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest Michigan Future Business Index (MFBI) data show the rising cost of health insurance and acquiring talent are the top concerns for Michigan's small- to mid-sized business leaders.

Overall, business owners showed slower sales and profit results over the past six months, while wages and capital investment strengthened.

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Battle Creek Named 2019 All-America City Award Winner (now with an interview all about it)

Michigan Business Network
June 26, 2019 1:00 PM

Battle Creek, Michigan – June 24, 2019 – The City of Battle Creek was recognized by the National Civic League on June 23 as one of 10 All-America City award winners at the 2019 All-America City Awards in Denver, Colorado. Since 1947, the National Civic League has recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious award. Battle Creek was recognized and honored for the City’s work in inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses, nonprofits, and government leaders.

UPDATE: Now includes the MBN audio interview:
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MBN Speaker Series | Cris Gardner (photos, video)

Michigan Business Network
June 26, 2019 12:00 PM

VP of Futurecasting at AARP, Cris Gardner, give a talk to a local business crowd about the quickly changing landscape of today's workplace at the Michigan Business Network's speaker series.

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