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Metro Detroit ranks 14th nationally in percentage job growth

In a good comeback story, Metro Detroit is no. 14 in the country in terms of percentage job growth from 2011 to 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

More here.


Post-industrial? Detroit needs a new word

Detroit's economy is facing forward. Now it just needs some new verbiage.

Excerpt:

"Former heavy manufacturing hubs around the Great Lakes like Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland, and Milwaukee often get roped together under the heading of "post-industrial" (when, that is, we're not otherwise identifying them by their prevalence of rust). The term poses at least two problems, though: Industry still exists in many of these places, and the very notion of defining them by their relationship to the past can hamstring us from planning more thoughtfully for their future.

"You've got the 'post-war,' you've got 'post-modern,' you've got 'post-9/11,'" says Paul Kapp, an associate professor in the school of architecture at the University of Illinois and an editor of the book SynergiCity: Reinventing the Postindustrial City. He was speaking Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Planning Association (hosted in what's often considered the post-industrial city of Chicago). "You get to a point," Kapp says, "where you've got to say, 'When does post-something end and you do something new?' I think with 'post-industrial,' we're at that opportunity now. I think it's now time to come up with a new term."

More here.

Atlantic Cities maps Metro Detroit's creative class

A great, comprehensive article on how the 7.2-square-mile greater downtown Detroit is growing posher by the minute, it seems, and how and why its deindustrialized metros (and certain Detroit neighborhoods) are landing the creative class.

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"Two of the top 10 creative class tracts are in Birmingham; two are in Bloomfield Township, and another is in Bloomfield Hills, home to some of the priciest real estate in the U.S. and the Cranbrook educational community. Designed by Finnish architect  Eliel Saarinen, the architecture critic  Paul Goldberger  called Cranbrook "one of the greatest campuses ever created anywhere in the world." University of Michigan's  Little  points out in an email to me: "Cranbrook graduates have added to the cutting edge design and creative communities of Detroit and the nation for decades."

Another top creative class tract is in nearby Troy, a sprawling middle-class suburb with excellent public schools, and the site of a high-end mall, the Somerset Collection. Two are in Huntington Woods, a leafy neighborhood that boasts such notable amenities as the public golf course  Rackham and the Detroit Zoo. Two more are in the "Grosse Pointes" — Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe Park — the communities of choice for many of Detroit's old industrial magnates, whose lakeshores are lined with sprawling Gilded Age mansions."

More here.

Mt Clemens' shop cited for space sharing strategies

Sharing. It's a concept we're all taught in kindergarten but too often forget. For some businesses around the country, however, it's become a smart economic choice.

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"Many businesses wind up in space sharing arrangements at a real-estate broker's suggestion. Jennifer Rossi, owner of MINDS Eye Bookstore, a shop selling books about metaphysics and alternative healing, turned to a broker when she wanted space in Mount Clemens, Mich., a community long associated with health and wellness because of its historic mineral baths. She hoped to open near a natural foods store or yoga studio, but ended up in closer quarters than she had expected with a complementary business."

Read the rest here.

Metro Detroit joins the walking dead

'Tis the season! World Zombie Day is just around the corner -- have you stocked up on blood and rotting flesh? Royal Oak, Mt. Clemens, and even Lansing are shuffling onto the undead bandwagon with zombie-themed charity events. Be there or be eaten.

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"Is a zombie apocalypse coming?

Metro Detroiters might wonder as much over the coming weeks.

Not only is today designated as World Zombie Day, but on Sunday, zombies will be lurching through Royal Oak, much as they will on Oct. 22 in Mt. Clemens. Zombies will even be battling vampires in a roller derby match at Michigan State University's Demonstration Hall on Oct. 29."

Read the rest here.

Here's video of last year's walk.


Bikes racks turned into city art

Who says a bike rack has to be just a bike rack. It can be a snake, a dragon, a bunch of metal that some call art. Bike racks across the nation are becoming civil works of art. USA Today looks at these and visits Mount Clemens, checking out their bike/art racks.

Hey, they should call 'em bart racks. Hmm, maybe not.

Excerpt:

Cyclists can chain their bikes to a dollar sign on New York City's Wall Street, a pair of giant toothbrushes in Portland, Ore., and sea creatures in Louisville and Mount Clemens Mich.

Bicycle racks that combine the utility of security with the aesthetics of art are popping up across the USA.

"It creates a better environment for people who live here and visit here, and it gives people a place to park their bikes," says Lacy LaBorde of the Downtown Austin Alliance.

Read the entire article here.

Metro Times releases annual 'Best of Detroit'

As they wont to do each year, the Metro Times has released its annual "Best of Detroit" awards.

Check them out here.

Metrotimes publishes area-wide food guide

The Metrotimes annual restaurant guide runs the gamut: from coneys to caviar, from haute to simply hot.

Categories include eggs, buffets, steaks and vegetarian-friendly. Check it out here.

Crain's names its annual 40 under 40

Crain's has released its annual "40 in their 40s" list. It includes success stories from all over Southeast Michigan and from numerous industries.

The front page of the feature is here.

Green Michigan works to better environment of Macomb County

Green Michigan has worked to improve Macomb County's environment for 30 years.

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Green Michigan Executive Director Brian Brdak said the idea is to keep the environment a priority in a county with Lake St. Clair, the snaking Clinton River and plenty of parks.

"Our goal is to educate the public about environmental issues," said Brdak, a county commissioner from New Baltimore. "We need to keep the environment a priority."

Read the entire article here.



"Dump the pump!" on June 21

Thursday, June 21 is the second annual "Dump the Pump" day that calls for the parking of cars and the riding of public transit as a way of calling attention to the environmental and economic benefits of using public transit.

A transit fact:

From 1995 through 2006, public transportation ridership increased by 30 percent, a growth rate higher than the 12 percent increase in US population and higher than the 24 percent growth in use of the nation's highways over the same period.

Find out more here.



Michigan Suburbs Alliance breakfast to focus on healthcare legacy costs

The Michigan Suburbs Alliance next Mayors & Managers breakfast will focus on healthcare legacy costs. It is set for June 29 and will be held at Macomb Community College.

Find out more and register here.

Michigan tourism website busiest in nation

Michigan's tourism website, Michigan.org, was the busiest in the nation in April, according to web trackers at Hitwise.

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"We view this as a clear and important signal that people are looking to Michigan for their leisure travel," said George Zimmermann, vice president of Travel Michigan. "We know from independent research that 65 percent of consumers who use Michigan.org for tourism information, then travel to and within Michigan. So more web traffic means more business at Michigan destinations. We believe our efforts inside and outside of Michigan are making a substantial difference."

Read the entire article here.



Michigan Suburbs Alliance annual meeting to celebrate "One Million Strong"

Michigan Suburbs Alliance's annual meeting is set for May 11. Entitled "Five Years. One Million Strong," the keynote speaker is former chair of the National League of Cities’ First-Tier Suburbs Council and current mayor of Bedford, Ohio.

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Five years have passed since a small group of mayors and managers formed the Suburbs Alliance. Five years since these municipal leaders realized we must unite to achieve change. Today, we are nearly one million strong. The Suburbs Alliance currently represents 28 cities in southeast Michigan, and we’re still growing! This May we'll celebrate our accomplishments over the past half decade and talk about how we can harness our collective strength moving forward.

Read more and register here.

MDOT offers public chance to review its transportation plan

The Michigan Department of Transportation has released a draft version of its long-range transportation plan for the state and is requesting public input.


A link to the plan and to the questionnaire can be found here.

 


Anton Art Center to host local spring art exhibit through Apr. 26

Mt. Clemens' Anton Art Center will host the 60th annual Spring Art Exhibit and Sale of the St. Clair Shores Palette Club's 60th annual Spring Art Exhibit and Sale at the Anton Art Center through April 26.

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"We're very excited," said Joan Taylor, club president and award-winning watercolor artist. "Our work will be shown in the community gallery. It's a wonderful venue."

Such exhibits provide artists with an opportunity to display their talent, but they also help stimulate and promote interest in art.

Read the entire article here.



Environmentalists call for expansion of bottle deposit law

Environmentalists are calling for an expansion of Michigan's bottle deposit law to account for water and juice containers.

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By most measurements, Michigan's law has been an unqualified success. Folks return more than 97 percent of the 4.3 billion bottles and cans of carbonated beverages sold here each year, according to state records. That tops the return rate of all other states and ranks Michigan's as America's No. 1 bottle recycling program.

Read the entire article here.

State launches first-ever tourism industry plan

A team working on behalf of the 9,000 businesses, attractions and groups that comprise Michigan's tourism industry have devised a strategic plan.

Excerpt:

The plan's recommendations include:
  • Marketing the state nationally with a $30 million tourism promotion budget.

  • Boosting relationships with policymakers.

  • Promoting collaboration.

  • Expanding tourism-related research.

  • Improving hospitality training.
Read the entire article here.

Immigrants positive force for Metro Detroit's economy

Immigrants to the area are positively contributing to Metro Detroit's economy.

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A study [director of research for the United Way of Southeastern Michigan Kurt] Metzger conducted in 2000 showed that about three-quarters of Asian Indians had graduated from college. More than 60 percent of Chinese and Japanese had received four-year degrees, and almost 50 percent of those of Korean descent had.

“We are getting this educated, young immigrant group that can provide that base that businesses are looking for,” he said. “They’re educated and talented enough to start new businesses.”

And they are coming at a time when Detroit’s native-born are leaving.

Read the entire article here.

Regional Chamber to host economic climate forum

The Detroit Regional Chamber will host a forum on the region's problems -- and proposed solutions -- on March 27.

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Neal Peirce, chairman of The Citistates Group and a frequent guest on "Meet the Press," National Public Radio and "The Today Show," will offer a keynote address on the region’s challenges.

A panel, including Kramer, former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and New Detroit Inc. Chairman John Rakolta, will lead an interactive exchange.

Read the entire article here.


State's green energy future has potential to do more than just clean the air

With everyone talking about what direction Michigan's energy future should go, many are pointing out that the greener it goes, the better for the economy.

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"We could become the alternative energy state," says Mark Beyer, spokesman for the Detroit nonprofit NextEnergy.

When the facility opened, with its 80-seat auditorium and offices and research labs, the goal, said CEO James Croce, was to position both Detroit and Michigan at the "focal point of the emerging alternative energy industry."

Much of NextEnergy's efforts are focused on working with the Big 3 automakers to develop alternative fuels such as biodiesel, hydrogen and ethanol. But it offers alternative energy companies of all stripes research facilities, office space and access to government funding sources and private venture capital.

Read the entire article here.



One D brings message to Macomb County

The One D collaborative spoke to the Macomb Chamber about the importance of regional cooperation and public/private partnerships.

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"We have to align public policy with economic development, which we don’t do very well," [Dick Blouse, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, a One D member organization,] said, and that’s the point of One D.

One D was unveiled last year and is made up of the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit Renaissance Inc., New Detroit and United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

The collaborative intends to tackle six priorities: economic prosperity, educational preparedness, regional transit, race relations, regional cooperation and quality of life. One D is meeting every three weeks until the 2007 Mackinac Policy Conference (May 30-June 2), where it plans to release a detailed blueprint for specific projects aimed at making progress on the region’s issues.

Read the entire article here.

Granholm heads to Germany to court business

Governor Jennifer Granholm heads to Germany and Austria to encourage international investment in the state.

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Granholm said Michigan is competing with other states and countries for business investment.

"We've got what no other state has — this incredible footprint of automotive suppliers, research and development, engineers," she said.

Read the entire article here.



Michigan sports and leisure monthly to debut in April

Michigan in Play, a monthly sports and leisure magazine, will debut this April.    

The magazine promises to cover everything from basketball, football and baseball to dogsledding, wrestling and boating.

Locations where Michigan in Play can be picked up are listed here.

Find out if your company is venture capital-worthy at upcoming Crain's event

Crain's will host "Following the Money: Where Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists See Opportunity" on Mar. 19 with panelists Ian Bund of Plymouth Venture Partners and
David Weaver of Great Lakes Angels.

Excerpt:

Is your Company venture-worthy? Find out what panelists Ian Bund, chairman of Plymouth Venture Partners and David Weaver, president of Great Lakes Angels, look for in a company- and which sectors they think show the greatest opportunity in metro Detroit.

Find out more and register here.

Macomb County sees surge of retail investment

Despite high unemployment and a drop in home sales, Macomb County is seeing over $200 million in retail investment this year.

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"Commercial is playing catch-up with all the rooftops that have sprouted up in the past decade," Richard Ives, an investor in some of the new projects and president of the Building Industry Association in metro Detroit, said last month. "Believe it or not, Macomb County is relatively underserved by commercial development."

Read the entire article here.

Towns had pioneers of color

Mt. Clemens and Canton have traditions of strong black history that many aren't aware of.

EXCERPT:

"Detroit often is recognized as being rich in black history, from the famed Underground Railroad to the latter-day home of the late civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
 
But the stories of Rickman and the Simonses are two examples of African Americans from the suburbs making significant contributions to their communities."

Read the complete article here.

New Metro Times columnist calls for regionalism

Larry Gabriel, former editor at Metro Times, debuts his new bi-monthly column for the publication with a call for regionalism with regard to the proposed Cobo Hall expansion.

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"You might be able to make the case that the auto show in and of itself is a special reason why a convention center matters more for metro Detroit than other reasons. That's a sensible argument," says Lou Glazer, president of Michigan Future, Inc. "The region and the state really benefit for making the auto show work as a premier event. ... Oakland County needs to help, not be a roadblock. Brooks is being shortsighted that the auto show isn't a regional asset. It's an example of how the region works against itself. ... The auto show is really important both symbolically and also strategically. ... If we were to lose the auto show, it would be a big black eye for the area."

Read the entire column here.

Transit subcommittee formed by State House

The Michigan House of Representatives has convened a subcommittee devoted to public transit.

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The committee is designed to address transit issues including the improvement of bus systems, funding issues, accessibility and the development of public transit systems in communities around the state.

Read the entire article here.


E85 becoming more cost-effective as price of gas rises

As the price of gasoline continues to increase, ethanol blends are becoming increasingly cost-effective at the pump.

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In Michigan, ethanol is gaining momentum as a viable alternative to conventional gasoline. There are three stations already pumping out ethanol with one currently under construction.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jennifer Granholm recently announced plans to build 1,000 ethanol and biodiesel pumps across Michigan by the end of next year.

Read the entire article.

Automation Alley added 39 members in January

39 new members joined Automation Alley, the tech trade group based in Troy, in the month of January - a single month record for the organization.

The sectors with the biggest gains were IT, with 15 new members and manufacturing, with six.

Read the entire article here.

Local professionals passionate about careers with non-profits

The non-profit sector - including health care and education - accounted for 62% of new jobs created in Michigan in 2005 and local professionals are finding themselves rewarding careers.

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The non-profit sector - including health care and education - accounted for 62% of new jobs created in Michigan in 2005 and local professionals are finding themselves rewarding careers.

Read the entire article here.

$400,000 awarded to arts community to establish Cultural Alliance of SE Michigan

The Cultural Alliance of SE Michigan has received $400,000 in start-up funding from the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan along with the McGregor Fund and the Hudson-Webber Foundation. The Alliance will work to increase collaborations between and visibility of arts and cultural organizations in the seven-county SEMCOG region.

The Cultural Alliance will represent the arts and culture community in regional planning efforts and will market the programs and amenities of member organizations to a diverse group of audiences.

The chairman of the Cultural Alliance’s board will be Steven K. Hamp, former president of The Henry Ford and Chief of Staff of Ford Motor Co. “The Cultural Alliance represents a new era for the arts and culture in our region,” he said in a release. “It embraces all dimensions of the cultural community: performing arts, visual arts, history and historic preservation, community cultural activities, arts education, science and nature, libraries and literature. Our goal is to foster innovation and creativity and enable our many and diverse cultural resources to contribute more dynamically to the people and communities of southeastern Michigan.”

All participating parties stress the Alliance’s inclusiveness, as organizations both big and small, fledgling and established, will have access to the collective’s resources and expertise.

More than 60 organizations from across all seven counties participated in an 18-month planning process to develop the Cultural Alliance, and several hundred will be invited to participate.

Source: CFSEM
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh


D-Rod, to be built by local company, will promote Detroit as travel destination

DMCVB has tapped Holly-based Detroit-muscle to build a custom hot rod, the D-Rod, to showcase Detroit's appeal as the Motor City and as a travel and leisure destination.

Excerpt:

Rick Dyer, Detroit Muscle project manager for the D-Rod, said the company's extensive knowledge and technical ability allowed Detroit Muscle put to put together, with passion and style, a street legal vehicle that represents the best of Detroit's past and future to prospective visitors.

Read the entire article here.

Mt. Clemens Ice Show keeps Super Bowl spirit alive

Mt. Clemens is hosting its second annual ice show downtown as well as a Super Bowl tailgate party on Sunday.

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"The ice sculpture show is definitely here to stay," said Arthur Mullen, executive director of the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority. "It's a great way to bring people and families out on the street to see what our town is all about."

Read the entire article here.

Mt. Clemens to debut new summer festival

Mt. Clemens is introducing a new summer festival, The Stars and Stripes Festival, set for this June 29-July 1.

Excerpt:

With the county courthouse serving as the anchor of Main Street, the city has ample foot traffic on weekdays. More than a dozen bars and restaurants help keep some of those people downtown at night. But Arthur Mullen, executive director of the Mt. Clemens Downtown Development Authority, expects the festival to attract people who otherwise might not come to the city.

"That's exactly why we're very excited about it," Mullen said last week. "We see it as a great opportunity to showcase Mt. Clemens to people who don't usually see the city."

Read the entire article here.

United Way CEO urges regional solutions to area's problems

United Way for Southeastern Michigan CEO Michael Brennan discusses the agency's survey process that has led them to begin working on solving the region's major problems in three key areas: educational preparedness, economic stability and basic needs. He urges the region to work together in a collaborative manner to acieve success.

Excerpt:

During the course of our research at United Way for Southeastern Michigan, we collected more than 20,000 comments from 7,000 residents, and one theme reverberated consistently: This region aspires to be a place where all people have the educational and economic opportunities needed to succeed and to thrive.

Read entire editorial here.

Scholarships, stipends available for tech-savvy women

Women pursuing IT careers can apply for over $50,000 in scholarships and technology stipends from the Michigan Council of Women in Technology.

Read more at MCWT's website.

Local music gets spotlight on new weekly PBS show

Local PBS station WTVS has started a new weekly hour-long music series focusing on top independent talent in Metro Detroit.

Excerpt:
The whole idea began with footage that metro Detroiters James McGovern and Greg Sharrow originally produced for www.canyouhearmetv.com, an online platform the two created to showcase select indie artists from around the country. Ultimately, Detroit Public Television picked up the Detroit episodes and packaged them for the series.

"Detroit is known for its music scene -- it's Motown," says McGovern. "It's our hometown and there's so much respect we have for the city. We hope to create a better image for it by bringing music here and promoting the local scene."

Click here for the full story.
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