Two MEDC-supported projects focused on bringing new opportunities for economic growth and local vitality have been recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) at this year’s IEDC 2021 annual conference in Nashville, TN. IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. The Cadillac Lofts project in downtown Cadillac was recognized with a gold award in the Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse category, and the BLOCK600 project in downtown Lansing won a gold award in the Public-Private Partnerships category.
Gov. Whitmer Announces 226 New Jobs in Key Industries Around Michigan
This week, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved three business expansions that will create 226 high-wage jobs in Battle Creek, Livonia and Pontiac, signaling continued economic growth in Michigan and generating $41.3 million in private investment. The three projects –Cives Corporation,International ExtrusionsandLHP Engineering Solutions, LLC– underscore Michigan’s leadership in automotive R&D and advanced manufacturing.
Michigan-based Whirlpool Executive Puts People at Center of Design
Tisha Johnsonis the new vice president of global consumer design atWhirlpool Corporation. Since joining the Michigan-based Fortune 500 company in June, she has continued her pursuit of purposeful innovation by setting the design direction of Whirlpool Corp.’s product portfolio. In the article and corresponding video, Johnson highlights Whirlpool Corp.’s design philosophy and shares her insights on post-pandemic product development, the importance of diverse design teams and the benefits of being based in Michigan.
When the last step in an assembly line is a human inspecting the paint job, there are bound to be errors. Ann Arbor-basedAutazais working to eliminate potentially costly mistakes in the quality control process by using artificial intelligence and cameras to detect dirt, bubbles, scratches or other defects in the paint on vehicles and other surfaces. In doing so, the company is pivoting those wearisome and sometimes monotonous human inspection jobs to more high-skill level, advanced manufacturing careers. Autaza is the first company to receive funding from the state of Michigan'sIndustry 4.0 Accelerator, a collaboration between Automation Alley, Lean Rocket Lab and Lawrence Technological University's Centrepolis Accelerator.
The newest episode of The Michigan Opportunity podcast featuresJoAnn Crary, president ofSaginaw Future. Join Crary and host Ed Clemente as they discuss Saginaw area economic opportunities. Learn about the unique ecosystem of Saginaw and the balance between urban business district, agriculture, and manufacturing. You can alsoread the transcriptfrom the conversation.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation helps to connect businesses to new resources, meet new partners and access the additional capital they need from the start. If your business needs support to reach its new potential, the MEDC is available to help. Visitmichiganbusiness.org/pure-partnershipto find customized business assistance.