Michigan Economic Developers Association Sets 2013 Annual Meeting: The Michigan Economic Developers Association’s 2013 annual meeting, “The New Face Of Economic Development,” will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Aug. 23 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. For more information, contact the MEDA office at (517) 241-0011 or send an email to meda@medaweb.org. The cost for MEDA members is $270, also available to a co-sponsoring organization, the International Council of Shopping Centers; the non-member rate is $390. The agenda includes an Aug. 21 evening speech by Rick DeVos, founder of ArtPrize and Start Garden, a MEDA Young Professionals kickoff reception, Thursday presentations by Huntington Bank executive vice president Jim Dunlap, Troy Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Ara Topouzian, Right Place Inc. president and CEO Birgit M. Klohs, Huron County Economic Development Corp. executive director Carl Osentoski, Delta County Economic Development Alliance executive director Vicki Schwab, MEDC president and CEO Michael Finney, MEDC senior vice president for talent enhancement Amy Cell, Dante Villarreal, regional director for West Michigan of the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Centers, American Arab Chamber of Commerce executive director Fay Beydoun, Asian American Chamber of Commerce board member Suk-Kyu Koh, and Veronica Ramirez, executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. There will also be presentations on the young professional, social entrepreneurship, the future of Michigan’s farming economy, crowdfunding, and tours of the Geek Group, downtown Grand Rapids business incubator spaces, Start Garden and more.

Macomb-OU INCubator to host program on forming joint ventures and strategic alliances: The Macomb OU INCubator will host a program on “Forming Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances Thursday, July 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at the incubator, 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. In this workshop, John Carter highlights the potential opportunities and pitfalls when Michigan businesses enter into joint ventures or other strategic alliances. Participants will discover when a JV or SA is a good option and how it is different from a typical partnership or other co-ownership, the legal considerations of selecting a good JV partner and the practical or contractual aspects of maintaining a JV or SA over time, including requirements and how to modify or dissolve them. Carter is a principal member at Witzke Berry Carter & Wander, PLLC and leads the “Business Law and Commercial Transactions” group. He has been practicing business and commercial law for 18 years and focuses on assisting Michigan entrepreneurs with business formation, commercial transactions, licensing and franchises, and business succession planning. Carter is an active member of the Business Law and Unincorporated Enterprises section of the Michigan Bar and serves as a mentor and teacher with various Michigan entrepreneurial and small business organizations. He received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from the University of Miami (Fla.). Please bring your lunch, though beverages and dessert will be provided. For more information on this Lunch and Launch program, or to register, call Joan Carleton (586) 884–9324 or email macINC@oakland.edu.

Applied Manufacturing Technologies to Host Automation Technology Open House: Applied Manufacturing Technologies, a supplier of factory automation and safety design, engineering and process consulting services announced it will hold its annual Automation Technology Open House Aug. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its corporate headquarters. The event will be held in cooperation with AMT’s technology partner ATI Industrial Automation’s 7th annual Technology Training Fair scheduled for the same day. Shuttle service will be provided between the two manufacturer’s locations free of charge. Both events will feature technical sessions, key industry speakers and equipment demonstrations. AMT’s headquarters is at 219 Kay Industrial Drive, Orion Township. Attendees can register by emailing AMT at sales@appliedmfg.com or by calling (248) 409-2017. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and shuttle service will be running all day between the two events. A full agenda for the event will be posted on the company’s website when finalized. Founded in 1989, Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) is a  of complete automation and safety consulting and engineering services, offering single-source engineering solutions to the automation and manufacturing industries. The company’s service offerings range from design and simulation to programming, installation and support of industrial automation solutions – including safety. The company’s technical and industry expertise in automation for the automotive, aerospace, medical, heavy equipment and consumer products industries offers its customers the highest quality professional service available in the industrial arena. For more information contact Applied Manufacturing Technologies at 248-409-2000, or online at www.appliedmfg.com.

USGBC-DRC General Membership Meeting and LEED Gold Facility Tour: The Detroit Regional Chapter of the US Green Building Council will host a summer General Membership meeting at LEED Gold Certified BAE Systems of Sterling Heights, 34201 Van Dyke Rd. in Sterling Heights on Thursday July 25. The event is from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. with facility tours beginning promptly at 5:30 p.m. Registration is $15, includes refreshments and is available through the Chapter web site at www.usgbcdetroit.org. The DRC will also utilize the July meeting to announce an exciting new benefit program for Chapter members. Information will also be offered about opportunities to participate and contribute to various green building initiatives within the Detroit Regional Chapter. BAE Systems new Land & Armaments complex in Southeast Michigan was recently granted LEED Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program. In addition to using a variety of eco-friendly building materials and designing naturally-lit office spaces, efficiency upgrades allow the new building to use 15 percent less energy and 40 percent less water than a conventionally designed building. The new BAE Systems facility also showcases breakthrough technology and state-of-the-art security features. The 165,000-square-foot office building houses a maximum-security Genesis Center, highlighted by a 9-foot-by-16-foot touch-operated Christi Cube presentation screen — the very first of its kind. The new prototyping facility features a camera system that facilitates engineers’ real-time input and participation from multiple locations. BAE Systems’ Land & Armaments Sector is a global leader in the design, development, production and service support of armored combat and tactical vehicles, major and minor caliber naval guns and missile launchers, canisters, artillery systems and intelligent munitions. The new Sterling Heights facility boasts more than a dozen assembly bays that accommodate the integration of upgrades and testing.


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