Michigan Takes Home Gold in National Biz Competition: Feeling golden? Michigan topped at least 47 other states in the 2011 Area Development Gold Shovel Award  business competition. Michigan topped  Silver Shovel winners  Alabama, Georgia,  Kansas,  Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Indiana and South Carolina were the other two Gold Shovel awardees. The news follows improved first quarter 2011 employment projections, U.S. Labor Statistics showing metro Detroit and Muskegon were national leaders for improved employment rates between early 2010 and 2011. The Shovel Awards recognize states that drive job creation through innovative policies, new employers, and investments in new and expanded facilities. Each of the 50 states is invited annually to submit information about its top-10 job creation and investment projects. Only those projects that actually began the previous year are considered. MEDC submitted the following company projects: BioDri, Blissfield; Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, Flint; Dow Kokam, Midland; Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles, Midland; Ford, (several);  Four Winns, Cadillac; Johnson Controls-SAFT, Holland; LG  Chem/Compact Power, Holland; TSC Michigan, Northville; and Whirlpool, Benton Harbor/St Joe. Michigan was previously honored by Area Development with Silver Shovels in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. A full report on this year’s Gold and Silver Shovel award winners will be published in the May issue of Area Development and posted online at www.areadevelopment.com. or more information on the MEDC’s initiatives and programs, visit the Web site at www.MichiganAdvantage.org

Winners of SAE JetToy Olympics, Fuel Cell Competition: More than 500 elementary students competed for gold at the JetToy Olympics, held April 13 during the SAE 2011 World Congress at the Cobo Center in Detroit. Schools also competed in the Fuel Cell Olympics. During the JetToy Olympics, teams of four students worked together and used their knowledge from classroom experience to construct balloon-powered JetToys, competing for various distance and accuracy awards. The grand champion of the JetToy Olympics was team 23 from St. John the Evangelist School of Fenton. Other medalists included: accuracy gold, St. Edith School , Livonia; accuracy silver, Emerson Elementary, Detroit; accuracy bronze, St. Michael the Archangel School, Livonia; distance gold, Cooper Elementary, Livonia; distance silver, St. John the Evangelist School, Fenton; distance bronze, St. Michael the Archangel; weight gold, Cooper Elementary; weight silver, Allen Elementary, Plymouth; weight bronze, St. Michael the Archangel School; time gold, Cooper Elementary; time silver, St. Michael the Archangel; and time bronze, St. John the Evangelist School. In the fuel cell event, competitors used distilled water in a reversible proton exchange membrane fuel cell to produce hydrogen, which was then used by the fuel cell as an energy source to power an electric motor in the car. Like other events in SAE’s A World In Motion, it is focused on explaining scientific concepts to students in a hands-on environment that is easily approachable. There were four different categories for students to compete in, including an accuracy, distance, weight and time category. The event involved many area elementary and middle schools. Students were assisted by teachers and volunteers. The grand champion of the 2011 Fuel Cell Olympics was St. Michael the Archangel School from Livonia. A World In Motion is dedicated to providing K-12 students with hands-on experiences that demonstrate the relevance of science. It incorporates the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics into age-appropriate hands on activities that reinforce classroom curriculum. The program shows the practical applications beyond the classroom, anchoring textbook concepts to real events and careers. SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. More at www.sae.org


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