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MEDC | Nine Michigan Main Street Communities Receiving a Total of $200,000

Michigan Business Network
March 1, 2024 6:00 PM

in Grants for Downtown Improvement Projects

LANSING, Mich. -- Thursday Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that nine communities around Michigan have been awarded a total of 200,000 in grants to support downtown enhancement and improvement projects. Communities receiving Main Street Vibrancy grants are Cheboygan, Wayland, Lapeer, Downtown Lansing Inc., Three Rivers, Saline, Mexicantown, Grosse Pointe, and North End.

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LEO | Michigan Supply Chain Week Celebrated at Transition Office Roundtable Events Across Michigan

Michigan Business Network
March 1, 2024 4:00 PM

LEO Hosted Regional Roundtables with Local Community Members and Stakeholders to Discuss the New Community & Worker Economic Transition Office, Highlight Importance of Supply Chain in Michigan.

LANSING, Mich.— The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) hosted roundtable events in Macomb and Oakland counties today to discuss the new Community & Worker Economic Transition Office and to commemorate Gov. Whitmer’s proclaiming Feb. 26 – March 1 as Michigan Supply Chain Week.

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LEO | $3M Investment Helps Youth Overcome Barriers to Employment Success and Build Brighter Futures in Michigan

Michigan Business Network
March 1, 2024 11:00 AM

Young Professionals initiative offers introduction to the world of work, including career exploration, jobs skills and earned income

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) today announced the recipients of Young Professionals grants totaling $3 million to provide youth and young adults with a meaningful introduction to the world of work, including on-site, hybrid and virtual career exploration and preparation activities, jobs skills and earned income.

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LEO | Gov. Whitmer Announces $64M in Grants Awarded to Michigan Community Centers

Michigan Business Network
February 29, 2024 12:00 PM

Funding builds on governor’s ‘Make it in Michigan’ Strategy to Win Projects, Invest in People, Revitalize Places 

Lansing, Mich.The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity today announced $64 million in Community Center Grant funds for 100 Michigan municipalities and organizations to expand programming or work on capital projects to serve 1.6 million Michiganders.

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LEO | Residents in 9 Michigan Counties Can File for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Michigan Business Network
February 26, 2024 6:00 PM

Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, and Wayne counties covered by disaster declaration

Those affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding last August must meet qualifications to apply

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to Michigan residents affected by severe storms that struck parts of Michigan in August 2023.

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LEO | ICYMI: UIA Director Julia Dale: How Surviving on Food Stamps Helped Me Lead Michigan's Unemployment System

Michigan Business Network
February 23, 2024 6:00 PM

This column appeared in Thursday's Detroit Free Press.

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MEDC | Michigan Delivers on Federal Funding for Battery and Chip Manufacturers

Michigan Business Network
February 23, 2024 11:00 AM

Michigan grows programs and marks wins in bringing federal funding home to expand semiconductor and battery pack manufacturing

It’s never been clearer that the key to business success is to make it in Michigan than with the announcement of the Battery and Advanced Manufacturing Challenge and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) support to expand semiconductor chip and battery pack manufacturing.

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LEO | Gov. Whitmer Awards $72.5M in Blight Elimination Funds to Create Housing Opportunities, Strengthen Communities Across Michigan

Michigan Business Network
February 22, 2024 11:00 AM

LANSING, MI – Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced recipients of $72.5 million in grants from the State Land Bank Authority (SLBA) to support projects that convert underutilized land into affordable housing opportunities and build safer, more prosperous communities through the final rounds of the Blight Elimination Program

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MEDC | New ‘Make it in Michigan’ Investments to Create 159 Good-Paying Jobs around the State

Michigan Business Network
February 19, 2024 4:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. – Three business expansion projects expected to create a total of 159 new jobs and generate a total capital investment of $25.4 million have received support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Friday. The projects are in Newaygo, Kent County and Farmington Hills.

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ICYMI: Media Business | Gary Wolfram - How the Media Deals with the Economy & Debt

Media Business
February 19, 2024 8:00 AM

Tony Conley is a newer content contributor and show host for Michigan Business Network. To kick off his sixty-seventh episode, Tony has a three-segment conversation about the US and Michigan economy and impact of debt.

He welcomes Gary Wolfram, William Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Director of Economics, Professor of Political Economy at Hillsdale College.

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