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Health Spending Growth Ramps Up to Pre-Recession Levels

National health expenditures in February 2014 grew 6.7 percent over February 2013, the highest rate of increase since March 2007, prior to the recession that began in December 2007, according to the Ann Arbor-based Altarum Institute.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/09/2014

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Realtime Technologies Builds Driving Simulator For Alabama School

Realtime Technologies, a part of Arotech Corp.’s (Nasdaq: ARTX) Training and Simulation Division, announced that it successfully installed one of its latest driving simulators in the University of South Alabama’s Transportation Safety, Simulation, and Optimization Lab, part of the university’s Department of Civil Engineering.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/09/2014

Crews work on the Consumers Energy Southwest Pipeline. Consumers Energy photo.

Consumers Energy Boosts Pure Michigan Program With Local Pipeline Contractors

Consumers Energy says it has boosted its commitment to the Pure Michigan Business Connect hire-Michigan program by hiring two local contractors to help keep landowner relations strong for its 24-mile Southwest Michigan 1200B Pipeline Project.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/09/2014

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Matt’s Favorites: Just One More…And Much More

So here we are, looking over the penultimate edition of Matt’s Favorites. Don’t cry! You can still bug me at the Engineering Society of Detroit. But for now, let’s check out the local tech news…

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

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Leaders & Innovators: Camille Nicita

Camille Nicita is president and CEO of Gongos Inc. in Auburn Hills. Gongos, which includes Gongos Research and O2 Integrated, provides research on initiatives spanning the entire product and marketing life cycle, and combines enterprise and research knowledge through consultative relationships. Gongos works with corporations such as Coca–Cola, Visa, Johnson & Johnson, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler. First named to the Inc. 5,000 list of the Fastest Growing Companies in America in 2007, the company was a 2010 finalist in Inc. magazine’s Winning Workplaces and is among the Honomichl Top 50 U.S. marketing research organizations. Gongos is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Under Nicita’s leadership, the company increased revenue growth 12 percent in 2013, and the number of full–time employees increased by 15 percent. During the past five years Gongos experienced 70 percent revenue growth and 70 percent full–time employee expansion. Nicita is vice chair of the advisory board of Michigan State University’s master’s in market research program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and her MBA from Wayne State University. Read the complete profile at http://www.ltu.edu/leaders.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

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Michigan Residential Broadband Adoption Tops National Average

The broadband advocacy organization Connect Michigan Tuesday released new data showing that broadband adoption in Michigan is now above the national average, with 79 percent of households subscribing to broadband service in 2013, up from 67 percent in 2010.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

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West Michigan Economy Accelerates, Purchasing Managers Index Show

The West Michigan industrial economy experienced slow but accelerated growth, according to the results of a monthly survey compiled by Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder gets a look at autonomous vehicle technology at a robotics forum in Sterling Heights Tuesday. WWJ photo / Matt Roush

Michigan Robotics Week Kicks Off With Industry Executive Forum

Michigan’s fifth annual Robotics Week kicked off Tuesday with a new event, the Michigan Robotics Industry Executive Forum. Organized by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, the day-long event drew more than 100 business leaders and technology innovators to the Maneuver Collaboration Center on the General Dynamics Land Systems campus in Sterling Heights.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

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UM Internet Pioneer Honored For Building Web’s First Backbone

For about a decade that ended in the mid-1990s, the fledgling Internet ran out of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. Now a UM School of Information professor who played a key role in bringing that early web to life has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

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GreenLancer To Supply Solar Energy Support Material To Canadian Installer

GreenLancer.com, a web-based engineering company that designs green energy systems, announced that it has signed a master service agreement with the Toronto-based solar energy company Pure Energies.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/07/2014