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Gov. Whitmer Signs Proclamation Marking July 28 – August 4 as Buy Michigan Week

Michigan Business Network
July 29, 2021 2:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation marking July 28 - August 4 as Buy Michigan Week. 

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Gov. Whitmer Secures Commitment from Financial Industry Groups to Assist Michiganders

Michigan Business Network
July 29, 2021 11:00 AM

Affected by Recent Flooding 

LANSING, Mich. - Governor Gretchen Whitmer today joined the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) and financial leaders across Michigan to announce a shared commitment to help Michiganders affected by the recent flooding in southeastern Michigan to stay in their homes and to afford necessary repairs.

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Cities Whose Unemployment Rates Are Having the Best Recovery

Michigan Business Network
July 29, 2021 10:00 AM

The economy gained 850,000 jobs in June, and the national unemployment rate is now 5.9%, which is 60% below the peak of 14.8% during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. To provide more context at the city level, WalletHub today released its report on the Cities Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most, as a follow-up to our report on the States Whose Unemployment Claims Are Recovering the Quickest, along with accompanying videos and audio files.

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Gov. Whitmer Announces Plan for Historic Investment in Safe and Affordable Housing Across Michigan

Michigan Business Network
July 29, 2021 7:00 AM

DETROIT, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer Tuesday announced plans to make a historic investment in affordable housing that addresses the health, safety, and well-being of Michigan residents and communities grappling with unique and varied housing needs. The proposal would assist 6,000 Michiganders, produce 2,000 rental housing units, and leverage an additional $380 million in private funding while creating 1,600 good-paying jobs. 

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Governor Whitmer Announces Michigan #1 State for Automotive Manufacturing

Michigan Business Network
July 28, 2021 5:00 PM

According to Business Facilities 
  • Michigan also takes top 10 rankings in additional manufacturing categories, food processing leaders, health care jobs, and cybersecurity 
  • Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Grand Rapids receive Top 10 honors in metro category
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Gov. Whitmer Announces New Grocery Store in North Flint

Michigan Business Network
July 28, 2021 1:00 PM

to Provide Healthy Food Options to Area Residents, Create Economic Growth
  • New grocery store on Flint’s north side will bring access to fresh foods to local residents 
  • Vacant site will be revitalized into food co-op, giving ownership opportunities to members of the community; 836 member-owners already on board 
  • Public-private partnership includes support from numerous government and nonprofit organizations
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PNC Senior Economist Abbey Omodunbi: House Prices Accelerate at Record Pace in May;

Michigan Business Network
July 28, 2021 10:00 AM

House Price Growth Will Slow in the Remainder of the Year
  • The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. national home price index leaped 16.6% in May from one year earlier; the fastest pace on record.
  • The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-City home price index jumped 17.0% in May from one year earlier; all 20 cities saw double-digit year-over-year gains.
  • PNC’s baseline forecast calls for a slowing in house price growth in the remainder of the year.
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Governor Whitmer Announces Support for Ford’s Global Battery Center of Excellence in Romulus

Michigan Business Network
July 28, 2021 8:00 AM

Ford Ion Park to be located in Romulus, locate 200 full-time engineers at the site 

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today joined Ford Motor Company and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to announce support from the Michigan Strategic Fund for Ford’s new global battery center of excellence securing its location in Romulus and helping to drive momentum as the state continues to emerge as an electric vehicle R&D and manufacturing leader.

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Gov. Whitmer Signs Funding Bill to Put Michigan’s Economic Recovery First

Michigan Business Network
July 27, 2021 12:00 PM

The legislation provides financial resources for flooding recovery and additional support for local police.

LANSING, Mich.  — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Senate Bill 27 to appropriate $384.7 million in supplemental relief funding to support the recovery of individuals, families, and small businesses to help them emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic in a stronger position. A total of $367.7 million is from federal COVID relief funding that was authorized through the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, while another $17 million is from the state's general fund.
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SBAM | Proposed Legislation Would Increase Availability of Affordable Health Coverage

Michigan Business Network
July 27, 2021 9:00 AM

The Coalition to Protect and Promote Association Health Plans Applauds New Introduction of Legislation

Washington - On behalf of small businesses and self-employed individuals across the country, we applaud members of Congress for their ongoing commitment to enacting policies that would give employees of small employers and self-employed individuals with no employees much-needed access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage through an “Association Health Plan” (AHP).

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