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State Launches Talent And Economic Development Department

Gov. Rick Snyder issued an executive order in December creating the department to house the state’s economic growth and job training efforts.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/16/2015

Pictured at the Podium is Ken Harris, President and CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, with other local business leaders.  (credit: Pat Sweeting/WWJ)

Michigan Minority Business Owners Are Feeling Left Out

Some black business owners say they’ve seen strong growth in Michigan, but are frustrated at not being included in major economic development projects.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/18/2013

Blue Water Conference Coming This Fall

A cross-border economic conference, the “Bi-National Blue Water Regional Collaboration Conference,” will be held Oct. 2 at the Port Huron Double Tree by Hilton, formerly the Thomas Edison Inn.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/11/2013

The Spark Central incubator and meeting space in downtown Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor Spark In 2012: 628 Jobs Created, 1135 Jobs Retained, $148M Invested

At its annual meeting Friday, Ann Arbor Spark detailed 2012 successes and its strategic plan for the coming year.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/09/2013

Downtown Oxford. Photo by Devon Johnson from Wikimedia Commons.

Oxford Township, Village Are Now ‘One Stop Ready’

When it comes to attracting and promoting economic development, Oxford — village and township — is officially ready to work with businesses, developers and entrepreneurs.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/02/2013

Detroit Riverwalk (WWJ Photo/Kasey Stoddart)

Planners Look At ‘Placemaking’ In Effort To Revitalize Detroit

A group of urban planners are in town looking for ways to improve Detroit and other cities like it.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/12/2013

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Saginaw Metropolitan Area Recognized for 2012 Business Development Projects

Site Selection Magazine said Saginaw County ranked No. 7 among municipalities its size in 2012 economic development expansions and attractions.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/03/2013

WSU TechTown

TechTown Expands SWOT City Program To East Jefferson Commercial Corridor

TechTown announced it has expanded its SWOT City program to Detroit’s East Jefferson commercial corridor through a new engagement with the Jefferson East Business Association. SWOT City works to strengthen Detroit’s small business districts by offering acceleration services through partnerships with local community or economic development organizations.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/26/2013


MEDC In Deal With Local First

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has partnered with Local First, a West Michigan economic and community development organization, in a two-year pilot program intended to build a stronger local and regional economy.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/29/2013

Lawrence Technological University professor Giscard Kfoury with a sample of artificial muscle. Matt Roush photo.

Lawrence Tech Tour Shows Local Talent For Tech Transfer

The Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report’s Fall Tech Tour gets me the heck outta town to see the latest and greatest research at Michigan’s fabulous universities — research that has the potential to create new businesses and new jobs in Michigan.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/28/2012