Offshore Wind Council to meet twice this week: The Michigan Great Lakes Offshore Wind Council will host two meetings this week offering the public an opportunity to learn about the council’s work and to provide input on recommendations related to offshore wind energy development. The meeting Tuesday, July 20 is at the Eberhard Center of Grand Valley State University, 301 W. Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids. The The meeting Wednesday, July 21 is at the Fairlane Center of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, 19000 Hubbard Drive in Dearborn. Both meetings run from 6 to 9 p.m. In a September 2009 report, the council recommended criteria for identifying the least and most favorable areas for development of offshore wind energy in the state’s Great Lakes. Its upcoming report will identify 5 priority wind resource areas. These shallow areas are at least six miles offshore and include buffers for shipping lanes, sensitive habitats, etc. In March 2010, the council proposed a legislative framework to establish a clear process for leasing developable state-owned bottomlands. The council is seeking further public input on its recommendations. For more information, including a copy of the council’s report, visit The council, created by a 2009 executive order, is an advisory body within the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth to examine issues and make policy recommendations related to offshore wind energy development in Michigan. The 29-member council consists of leading stakeholders and state agency representatives appointed by Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm.

Maker Faire sponsors to host ‘can do camp’: The folks behind Maker Faire Detroit Saturday, July 31 have scheduled a special preview event for Thursday, July 29. “Detroit Can Do Camp,” hosted by the Maker Faire Detroit Team, will be held Thursday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Eastern Market, 2934 Russell St. in Detroit. The event will explore the DIY mindset and its ability to re-invent the way we do things. This mindset is a powerful and positive force for building community as well as fostering innovaton and developing a diverse, creative culture. For more information, contact Sherry Huss at or (415) 902-2050.

Red Level Networks Hosts Education IT Seminar: Novi-based Red Level Networks will host a seminar and networking opportunity with the Saginaw Intermediate School District intended to show educational leaders from around Mcihgian how to manage their IT needs cost-effectively. The event will be held Thursday, July 29 at 1 p.m. and will provide educators and IT technicians the knowledge needed to increase performance, eliminate downtime and discover cost saving initiatives. The event is also sponsored by Datacore Software Corp. and Xiotech Corp. and will feature Jeff Johnson, Director of Technical Services at Saginaw ISD, discussing how his team transformed Saginaw ISD into a private cloud for the school district. The event, which will feature prizes such as iPads and netbooks along with a cocktail hour, will be held at Four Points by Sheraton, located at 4960 Towne Centre Road in Saginaw. As seats are limited, please register to attend at and filling out the necessary contact information.

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