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Aug 23rd 2017

$15M Convention Center Announced for Downtown Muskegon

A $15 million convention center will be built next to the Holiday Inn and LC Walker Arena in downtown Muskegon under a public/private agreement among the City of Muskegon, Muskegon County and the owner of the hotel.

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Aug 22nd 2017

Lear to Create 435-job, $29M Auto Manufacturing Plant in Flint

A 435-job, $29 million automotive seating assembly plant will be built on Flint's long-vacant Buick City complex. Lear Corporation, a Southfield-based auto supplier, plans to build a 150,000-square-foot building at the location of the former administration building at Buick City.

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Aug 19th 2017

$1M Gift to Create Michigan State Virtual-Learning Platform

A $1 million gift to the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University will create a virtual-learning platform for students focusing on advanced business analytics.

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Aug 19th 2017

$1M Gift to Create Michigan State Virtual-Learning Platform

A $1 million gift to the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University will create a virtual-learning platform for students focusing on advanced business analytics.

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Aug 18th 2017

Grand Hotel voted Best Historic Hotel by USA Today Readers

The Grand Hotel was one of 20 nominees selected by USA Today staff and a panel of industry experts. Final selection was determined by public vote by readers around the U.S. Travel + Leisure Magazine, and TripAdvisor have also honored recently honored the hotel.

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Aug 10th 2017

Dart Plans $40M Expansion in Lansing

Michigan-based Dart is planning on growing its footprint in the state, with a $40 million expansion that will add 365,000 square feet to its operations south of Lansing. The project includes a new technical and innovation center. The 250,000 square foot facility will have room for both offices and manufacturing of prototypes.

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Aug 04th 2017

Neogen to Invest $1.3 Million in Lansing Expansion

Neogen Corp. will invest $1.3 million into rehabbing a closed facility in Mid-Michigan. The manufacturer of food and animal safety testing products based in Lansing will use the location to house its Ideal Instruments Inc. subsidiary. The move comes after operations at Ideal Instruments’ current facility have reached capacity.

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Aug 01st 2017

Dow Chemical Opens Global Headquarters in Midland, Announces $100M Innovation Center

Midland-based Dow Chemical Co. announced the opening of its Global Dow Center. The company also commenced construction on a $100 million Innovation Center that will provide space for more than 200 R&D workers, as well as beginning work on a 20,000-square-foot H.H. Dow Visitors and Heritage Center.

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Jul 15th 2017

Detroit Chef Wins Food Network 'Chopped' Competition

Crystal Smith, a Bayview Yacht Club pastry chef, was encouraged to apply and audition by her sous chef and former boss, leading her to a $10,000 victory.

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Jul 13th 2017

Michigan Plastics Molder Adding 40 jobs, Investing $5.8M at 2 Plants

Wright Plastic Products, a company that makes molded plastic parts for cars, plans to create 40 new jobs and invest $5.8 million in new equipment at its plants in Montcalm and St. Clair counties. Wright plans to hire 25 new employees at its plant in St. Clair after it expands the building and installs three new plastic injection molding machines.

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Jul 07th 2017

Bell's Brewery to Invest $7M in New Projects in Comstock, Kalamazoo

Craft beer pioneer Bell's Brewery Inc. plans to pump more than $7 million into capital improvement projects in Comstock Township and Kalamazoo between now and the end of 2018. The projects are related to quality, sustainability and beer production.

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Jun 25th 2017

Gluten Free Bar Earns Michigan's 1st 'Rising Star Award'

The Grand Rapids maker of The Gluten Free Bar is the first-ever recipient of the Michigan export "Rising Star Award" from the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development. The inaugural award was created to recognize a company new to exporting or just starting to increase exports into one or more countries.

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Jun 19th 2017

MI Beer Named Best in the World

American Homebrew Association's Zymurgy magazine has named Bell's Two-Hearted Ale as the No. 1 beer in America. Founders' Breakfast Stout (3), Bell's Hopslam (5) and Founders KBS (6) are also in the top 10. Founders' All-Day IPA is just outside the top 10 at No. 13.

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Jun 12th 2017

Detroit's Urban Beach Project Wins $225,700 in National Grant Competition

The Atwater Beach project, pitched by The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, was named the winner in the Knight Cities Challenge. The $225,700 grant makes the project closer to becoming a reality.

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May 30th 2017

Research Group Names Detroit One of Top 10 Innovative Cities

nnovation Leader, a research group that publishes a quarterly magazine, has named Detroit one of the top 10 innovation hubs in North America. Detroit was given an edge over Chicago, Denver and Portland because it focused heavily on research and development by big companies.

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May 22nd 2017

22 Michigan Hotels & Restaurants Earn 4 Diamond Rating in 2017

22 Michigan hotels and restaurants made the AAA Four Diamond list this year. Newcomers include the Greektown Casino-Hotel and Hotel Walloon.

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May 22nd 2017

22 Michigan Hotels & Restaurants Earn 4 Diamond Rating in 2017

22 Michigan hotels and restaurants made the AAA Four Diamond list this year. Newcomers include the Greektown Casino-Hotel and Hotel Walloon.

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May 19th 2017

Ford to Invest $350M in Livonia Plant

Ford plans to invest $350 million in its Livonia Transmission Plant to support a new transmission for front-wheel vehicles. The move is expected to preserve or create 800 jobs.

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May 03rd 2017

Attwood Marine Expanding & Investing $2M in Michigan Facility

Attwood Marine, a division of Mercury Marine that makes boating parts and accessories, announced it will invest in a $2 million expansion that will add 80 jobs.

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May 02nd 2017

Aviation Manufacturer Opens $14.5M Factory in West Michigan

Johnson Technology, a subsidiary of GE Aviation since 1997, has hired 90 people since fall 2016 for its Brilliant Factory in Norton Shores, which is now open. That puts the company's total Michigan employees close to 800.

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May 02nd 2017

MI Brewer Wins 2 Gold Medals in West Coast Competition

The Cedar Springs Brewing Co. won gold medals for its "Kusterer Heller Weissbier"and its "Kusterer Weizenbock" at the 2017 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition. The West Michigan brewery won the medals in the "South German Style Wheat Ale" category and the "South German Style Hefeweizen" category at the show.

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May 01st 2017

Grand Rapids Among Best Large Cities in U.S. to Start a Business

According to a study released by Wallethub, a personal finance website, on Monday, May 1, West Michigan's signature city is the fifth best large city to start a business in the U.S. Analysts compared startup opportunities that exist in the 150 most populated U.S. cities using 18 key metrics.

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Apr 21st 2017

Grand Rapids Named One of the Top 10 Craft Spirits Tourism Destinations

Travelocity and the American Distilling Institute, named Grand Rapids as one of the Top 10 Craft Spirits Tourism Destinations in America. The city is home to Bier Distillery, Grand Traverse Distillery, Gray Skies Distillery, Long Road Distillers and New Holland Brewing’s Knickerbocker Brewpub & Distillery.

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Apr 17th 2017

WalletHub Names Holland Top Small City to Start a Business

To determine the most business-friendly small markets in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 1,200 small-sized cities across 16 key metrics. The data set ranges from average growth in number of small businesses to investor access to labor costs.

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Apr 06th 2017

7 Michigan Distilleries Collect Total of 28 Awards at Spirit Competition

Seven Michigan distilleries were honored with 28 individual awards in a variety of categories at the American Distilling Institute’s 11th Annual Spirits Competition in Baltimore, Maryland. Over 800 spirits from around the world were entered into the ADI Judging, all from independently owned distilleries.

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Apr 04th 2017

Michigan Added 10,700 Technology Jobs in 2016

Michigan’s technology sector grew by more than 5% in 2016, with employers adding more than 10,700 new jobs, according to a CompTIA study. With almost 222,000 Michigan workers employed in the technology sector, the state ranks 10th in the nation for technology jobs.

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Mar 31st 2017

HP Pelzer Automotive Invests $13.4M in New Michigan Plant

Global acoustics specialist HP Pelzer Automotive Systems Inc. plans to invest $13.5 million in a new manufacturing plant in Port Huron. Pelzer will create about 124 jobs in the project, which beat out a site in Tennessee for the investment.

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Mar 30th 2017

Founders Wins March Madness-Style Craft Brew Tournament

Founders Brewing Company was crowned America's top craft brewery in a 32-entry craft brew bracket compiled by USA Today's "For the Win." Craft-beer lovers around the country voted on the bracket throughout the month of March in conjunction with the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

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Mar 28th 2017

Ford to Invest $1.2 Billion in Michigan Plants

Ford pans to invest $1.2 billion in Michigan at three locations, including $850 million at its Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne to make the new Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco, as the U.S. market continues to shift from a car market to a truck and SUV market.

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Mar 15th 2017

GM to Add 220 Jobs in Michigan in 2017

General Motors says 900 factory jobs will be created or retained in Michigan this year. The Romulus Powertrain Plant will add Approximately 220 new jobs to increase production of the 10-speed automatic transmission to be used in multiple GM products.

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Mar 14th 2017

Eminem To Launch New Collaboration With Carhartt

Rapper Eminem is launching a limited-edition line of products with clothing brand Carhartt to benefit MSU's music program, Verses Project. The artist has previously worked with designers at Dearborn- based Carhartt. The new line will be launched at the company's flagship store in Detroit.

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Mar 14th 2017

Huntington Bank to Invest $5.4M in Flint; Bring in 60 Jobs

Huntington National Bank plans to expand its call center in downtown Flint, investing nearly $5.4 million in renovating its Saginaw Street complex and creating 60 new jobs. The new positions are related to call center duties and commercial banking jobs.

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Mar 13th 2017

Two Men and a Truck to Hire 200 in Lansing Area

Two Men and a Truck is planning to hire up to 200 people in the Lansing area this spring. The hiring initiative is part of the Lansing-based company’s Career Move Month campaign, which is meant to show new recruits that they can build a lasting career at Two Men and a Truck.

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Mar 12th 2017

Switch Opens New Data Center in Grand Rapids

The former Steelcase pyramid in Kent County is now officially open as the Switch Grand Rapids data center. Switch has promised to hire 1,000 permanent jobs over a 10-year period.

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Mar 11th 2017

Rock Connections to Add 500 Workers this Year

A call center company spun off from Quicken Loans' telephone-focused mortgage sales operation is planning to add 500 employees by year's end and looking for additional office space in downtown Detroit.

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Mar 11th 2017

Detroit Native Forché Wins One of Literary World's Richest Prizes

Detroit native Carolyn Forché is one of two poets and eight writers who won $165,000 through Yale University’s 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize. It’s the first time poetry was included in the program’s five-year history.

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Mar 03rd 2017

Credit Acceptance to Invest $33M, Add More than 500 Jobs

Subprime auto finance company, Credit Acceptance plans to invest $33 million in its infrastructure and create approximately 530 new jobs.

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Mar 01st 2017

UM and MSU Among Top Ten Peace Corp Volunteer Rankings

The University of Michigan came up at #4, while MSU came in at #10 among the large schools on the Peace Corps’ 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are currently 60 Wolverines and 48 Spartans volunteering worldwide.

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Feb 28th 2017

Grupo Antolin to open $61.2M plant; Create 430 Jobs

Antolin Shelby Inc., a newly-formed subsidiary of Grupo Antolin, will lease a 350,000-square-foot building that is under construction in Shelby Township with plans to open a $61.2M manufacturing plant. The project is expected to create 430 new jobs.

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Feb 25th 2017

Jack White's Vinyl Production Facility Opens in Detroit

Jack White's record label drew the back the curtain on its new vinyl production facility in Detroit's Midtown area. the facility is eventually expected to employ 50 people.

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Feb 24th 2017

Pistons to Build New Training Facility in Detroit

The Detroit Pistons plan a massive mixed-use facility that would house its team headquarters and practice facility. The project would sit on a parcel of land in Detroit's New Center Area. Construction is slated to begin this summer, and to open for the 2018-19 season.

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Feb 23rd 2017

Universal Forest Products Posts Double-Digit Sales Growth to Close 2016

The Grand Rapids-based manufacturer of lumber and wood products reported annual net earnings of $101.2 million for 2016. That’s a 25.5% increase compared to net earnings of $80.6 million, it reported in 2015. In the fourth quarter, the company’s sales increased more than 31% over the prior year.

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Feb 23rd 2017

Metro Detroit ranked No. 1 region where pay goes the furthest

The region is ranked in a list by job-hunting website Glassdoor as the place where pay goes the furthest. Highlighting Metro Detroit's No. 1 ranking for 2016 is a 50-percent cost-of-living ratio to a median base salary of around $60,000, a median home value of $123,100, and 50,000-plus open jobs.

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Feb 04th 2017

Muskegon Brewery Captures 2 Gold Medals in Global Competition

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company claimed its first two gold medals at the international Best of Craft Beer Awards in Oregon. The Muskegon brewery took golds with Walter Gets Buzzed in the coffee beer category, and Your Mom on French Toast in the herb and spice category.

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Jan 27th 2017

Grand Haven Named Nation's Happiest Seaside Town

The honor is according to Time Inc.'s Coastal Living magazine which collects each town's rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of sunny days, air quality, healthiness of beaches, commute times, crime ratings, walkability, standard of living and other elements.

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Jan 24th 2017

Brewery Vivant Wins National Award for Responsible Sourcing

On Jan. 20, the Good Food Awards awarded the brewery for its limited release beer, Bon Papa, which was released in August 2016. The beer was one entry of about 2,059 entries across all categories.

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Jan 24th 2017

Brewery Vivant Wins National Award for Responsible Sourcing

On Jan. 20, the Good Food Awards awarded the brewery for its limited release beer, Bon Papa, which was released in August 2016. The beer was one entry of about 2,059 entries across all categories.

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Jan 23rd 2017

2017 Detroit Auto Show Attendance Exceeds 800,000

Auto show officials reported a total ticketed attendance for the entire show at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit was 806,554. The estimated economic impact of the 2017 Detroit auto show was $450 million, according to auto show organizers, up $20 million from last year's estimates.

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Jan 20th 2017

Jack White's Record Label Set to Open Vinyl Production Facility

Jack White's record label, Third Man Records, will open its vinyl production facility Feb. 25 in Detroit. It will include 8 new presses with the capabilities of producing 5,000 records an hour

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Jan 17th 2017

Detroit to Receive Grant Money from Bloomberg Philathropies

Detroit has been named a member of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team program, making the city eligible for up to three years of $500,000 grants. The money is to be used to focus on improving city life through the development of new and novel solutions to issues faced by city residents.

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Jan 05th 2017

German Auto Supplier to Bring 800 New Jobs

ZF, a German automotive supplier, announced at the Detroit auto show that they are looking to create 800 new jobs. Many of these jobs would be in Northville at the company's technical center.

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Jan 04th 2017

Detroit Zoo Sets All-time Attendance Record

The Detroit Zoo smashed its all-time attendance record in 2016. It attracted 1,698,053 visitors in 2016, exceeding a goal of 1.5 million. It's the 11th consecutive year the Zoo's attendance has surpassed one million.

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Jan 03rd 2017

Ford to Add 700 Jobs in Flat Rock

Ford is investing $700 million at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant as part of a plan to bring to market 13 electrified vehicles. The plans include an F-150 hybrid, Mustang hybrid and a fully electric SUV with a 300-mile electric range.

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Dec 21st 2016

Michigan Plastics Firm Announces 54 New Jobs/$2.28M Investment

Custom Profile, Inc. announced it will be moving the production from a Wisconsin company it recently acquired to its operations at 2535 Waldorf Court NW. The company is expected to add 54 new jobs and invest $2.28 million to support the relocation over the next three years.

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Dec 21st 2016

Detroit's Katoi Named to Thrillist's Top 12 New Restaurants in America

Katoi, a Thai-inspired restaurant in Detroit's Corktown, is among Thrillist's 2016 Top 12 Best New Restaurants in America. Katoi was also recognized by Eater Detroit for the 2016 Restaurant of the Year Award in mid-November.

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Dec 21st 2016

Danish Textile Firm Creating 54 New Jobs in West Michigan

Gabriel, a Denmark-based supplier to the furniture industry, will open its first North American manufacturing operation in a former furniture factory on the city's West Side. The company will create 56 jobs and invest $1.5 million into the facility.

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Dec 14th 2016

Men's Journal Ranks Beers from Bells & Founders Among Top 101

Men's Journal, a monthly lifestyle magazine focused on a variety of topics related to men, recently published a story identifying the 101 best beers in America featuring Founder's KBS and Bell's Two-Hearted Ale. Tapistry Brewing (Bridgman) and Stormcloud Brewing (Frankfort) are also mentioned.

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Dec 01st 2016

MSU To Get $122.5M for Cyclotron Lab

Michigan State University is getting up to $122.5 million in funding over five years for the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. The agreement with the National Science Foundation allows for continuing funding to support research in nuclear and accelerator science.

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Oct 13th 2016

Michigan Auto Supplier to Bring 110 jobs to Holland

Coastal Automotive, LLC, plans to hire 110 workers for a recently acquired $6.5 million manufacturing facility in Holland. The Rochester Hills headquartered- automotive safety manufacturer states that increasing demand for its products is driving the company's expansion.

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Sep 16th 2016

New Detroit Grocer to Focus on Michigan-Made

The owners of the market-café say they've gathered more than 100 Michigan growers, food producers and artisans as supply partners, with plans to operate under a bold business plan offering the suppliers a large portion of profits. The store is expected to open in Detroit's Corktown area September 30th.

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Sep 13th 2016

Michigan Tourism Volunteer Group Earns National Honors

The National Association of State Park Directors chose Michigan Cares for Tourism as annual award recipient for contributions and support of state parks and state park systems across the United States. Michigan Cares for Tourism, a 100 percent volunteer, 100 percent give-back partnership between Michigan tourism organizations Travel Michigan, Indian Trails, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR),

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Jun 01st 2016

Sanders VP Honored with Candy Industry's Most Prestigious Award

Sanders and Morley Candy Makers announced that its Vice President of Manufacturing, Mike Koch, Sr. was named the 2016 Kettle Award recipient at an awards reception held during this year’s Sweets and Snacks Expo. With only four industry professionals receiving a nomination, the Kettle Award is widely considered the highest recognition an individual working within the U.S. confectionery industry can attain.

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May 25th 2016

Google to Open Self-driving Car Center in Novi

Google's Self-Driving Car Project plans to open a 53,000-square-foot development center in Novi, providing even more evidence of the sprint by Silicon Valley and the auto industry toward autonomous vehicles. Google has been working on self-driving cars for more than six years.

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May 24th 2016

Flex-N-Gate to Build New Plant in Detroit

Automotive parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate Corp. will invest $95 million and buy 30 acres of city land to build a new plant that will create up to 750 jobs in Detroit. Flex-N-Gate received a Ford Motor Co. contract to produce additional aftermarket parts, but it has no capacity in its existing facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio or Canada to fill the order.

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May 19th 2016

4 MI Cities Receive Grants to Boost Health in Low-income Areas

Four Michigan cities – Flint, Pontiac, Lansing and Grand Rapids – have received $60,000 grants each from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Reinvestment Fund to improve health in low-income neighborhoods.

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May 17th 2016

Detroit Summer Youth Jobs Program Gets $2M in Federal Funding

The U.S. Labor Department will give a $2 Million grant to Grow Detroit's Young Talent employment initiative. The money aims to boost the second-year program. The mayor's office says about 200 employers have committed so far to employ residents age 14-24. The grant will help meet the city's goal of offering 8,000 summer work opportunities.

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Jan 22nd 2016

GM Unveils Major Upgrades to RenCen

General Motors announced it will build a new addition to its Renaissance Center world headquarters including new glass-enclosed display space to exhibit GM brands and a giant video screen facing Jefferson Avenue.

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Jan 11th 2016

Bowers Harbor Riesling Captures Top Honor in Competition

Bowers Harbor Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Medium Dry won 'Best of Class' at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. As the world's largest competition of American wines, that competition had a record-breaking 7,100 entries from over 1,500 wineries, from over 25 states!

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Dec 02nd 2015

St Johns Technology Upgrade Bringing 100 Jobs

The City of St Johns has announced a partnership with Frontier Communications to bring fiber-optic technology services to the city's certified industrial park, a move that will add 100 jobs.

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