Michigan Economic Developers Association Sets Capitol Day: The Michigan Economic Developers Association’s 2013 Capitol Day will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The cost is $90 for MEDA members and $160 for non-members. The agenda includes a state legislative update, information on the repeal of the Michigan personal property tax, the cost of electric system infrastructure, an update on Michigan’s placemaking initiative, what the MAP 21 federal transportation plan means for Michigan, crowdfunding and entrepreneurship, the effect of the so-called “right to work” law on Michigan’s economy, and more.

Wayne State Continues Sustainability @ Wayne Seminar Series: The next Sustainability@ Wayne Seminar, hosted by the WSU Office of the Vice President for Research, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m. with guest speaker Mark A. Barteau, director of the Energy Institute and the inaugural DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research at the University of Michigan. Barteau will discuss the grand challenge of our time — clean, sustainable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy. As science, technology and policy needs are considered for the creation of a sustainable energy future, Barteau feels it is important to focus on solutions that are scalable to levels that can make a measurable difference in energy supply, use, environmental impact, etc. This talk will provide perspectives on the global scale of our energy challenges, while looking at some of the underlying variations with time and place. It will also consider the need for “cross-over” of resources, particularly renewable resources, from electricity generation to meeting our needs for transportation in realistic ways. A small reception will follow the presentation (3:30-4:00 p.m.) in the Welcome Center Lobby. Parking is available in parking structure 6 (on Putnam between Cass and Woodward) in the visitors section. Bring your parking ticket to the seminar registration desk in the Welcome Center to be validated.

College Goal Sunday To Help Monroe-Area Students File For Financial Aid: On Sunday, Feb. 10, Monroe County Community College will be among dozens of locations in Michigan hosting College Goal Sunday, a statewide event that will provide parents and students with free help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online. MCCC’s College Goal Sunday event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 157 of the West Technology Building on the college’s Main Campus at 1555 S. Raisinville Road in Monroe. Anyone who is interested in attending a postsecondary institution — a technical school, community college or university — and might need financial aid should attend. College Goal Sunday is a collaborative effort of the Michigan Guaranty Agency, the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association and EduGuide. The program helped Michigan become first in the nation during the last decade at increasing the percentage of low-income students applying for financial aid.  To celebrate, students who attend will have the opportunity to compete for a $1,000 scholarship, an iPad mini and other awards. Students under 23 years of age should attend with their parent(s) and bring both their own and their parents’ completed 2012 IRS 1040 tax returns (if possible), W-2 forms, and other 2012 income and benefits information. Students 23 years of age or older may attend alone and should bring their completed 2012 IRS 14 tax returns (if possible), W-2 forms, and other 2012 income and benefits information. In addition, students and parents should bring Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses or alien registration cards (if applicable). To complete the FAFSA online at College Goal Sunday, students and parents should request PIN numbers at www.pin.ed.gov. College Goal Sunday is administered nationally by USA Funds, a nonprofit corporation headquartered in Indianapolis that works to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services. Additional support for College Goal Sunday in Michigan was provided by C.S. Mott Foundation and DTE Energy Foundation.  The FAFSA is required of any student seeking financial aid including grants, loans, and many scholarships. Last year, 1,863 Michigan students received assistance. For more information on College Goal Sunday at MCCC, call the Financial Aid Office at (734) 384-4135.  Additional information about College Goal Sunday can be found at www.micollegegoal.org.

Compuware Presents Live Webcast, “Avoid Web Performance Landmines:” Detroit-based Compuware (Nasdaq:CPWR) announced a live Webcast that will highlight how web load testing can help organizations uncover and eliminate performance landmines. The Webcast will be held Thursday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. Eastern time with Compuware technology strategist Andreas Grabner. There are only a few reasons why Web sites go down under a heavy load. If organizations know upfront what these top performance landmines are, they can avoid them by testing their Web sites the right way, before they go live. Performance is a critical business issue. Research has shown that 75 percent of users will go to a competitor if an organization’s web performance is poor. Sites often bog down or fail during peak traffic times, exactly when they need to perform at their best. Testing sites under realistic load is the only way to uncover and eliminate performance landmines before they cost organizations revenue and customers. Register at http://cpwr.it/h6voS.


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