Ann Arbor’s Michigan Economic Center Study Reveals Anti-Immigrant Policies Could Derail Michigan’s Economy

Ann Arbor’s Michigan Economic Center Study Reveals Anti-Immigrant Policies Could Derail Michigan’s Economy

by Akaash Kolluri The Michigan Economic Center (MEC) released a new study yesterday titled “Michigan: We Are All Migrants Here,” that details the history of immigrant contributions to Michigan’s economy, and the critical contributions immigrants make today to the state’s rebounding population and economic growth. The Michigan Economic Center is a center for ideas and networking to […]

New Study: In Michigan “Job Creation” Has Fueled Low Wage Economy

New Study: In Michigan “Job Creation” Has Fueled Low Wage Economy

by Lindsay Vanhulle | Crain’s 40% of households still unable to afford basic living necessities To make ends meet as a four-person family in Michigan, with a child in preschool and a baby at home, it’s practically mandatory that both parents work full time and make at least $14 per hour each. A single breadwinner […]

“Reimagining Washtenaw Ave.” With Project Manager Nathan Voght

“Reimagining Washtenaw Ave.” With Project Manager Nathan Voght

by P.D. Lesko NATHAN VOGHT IS the project manager who wants us to Reimagine Washtenaw Ave. as an economic development opportunity. Like the controversial WALLY commuter train project on which over $32 million in local and state funds have been spent, Reimagine Washtenaw has no dedicated funding and no voter mandate. But both projects do […]

Hired to Fight the “Good” Fight for Local Businesses in Washtenaw County

Hired to Fight the “Good” Fight for Local Businesses in Washtenaw County

by P.D. Lesko CHRIS GOOD IS a former People’s Food Co-op staff member. He also served as the President of the Co-op’s Board of Directors. In 2013, he brought together 50 businesses and musicians for the “Buy Local” music video project. The Board of Directors of Think Local First (TLF) of Washtenaw County appointed Good […]

MSHDA Accredits Saline’s Main Street For Second Year Running

MSHDA Accredits Saline’s Main Street For Second Year Running

SALINE MAIN STREET has been recognized again this year as a Nationally Accredited Main Street community by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The Michigan Main Street Center is part of MSHDA’s effort to create vibrant communities across the state. A team of representatives from both the National Trust Main Street Center and the Michigan […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Votes of Local Democrats Hurting Education

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Votes of Local Democrats Hurting Education

The Votes of Local Democrats Hurting Education   Ann Arbor is quite often viewed as the liberal hot-spot of Michigan. Ann Arbor is a Democratic stronghold, as one cannot win an election in this town if they are a Republican. Our Governor, Rick Snyder is a Republican. He created a non-profit in Ann Arbor that […]

Ann Arbor Esperion Therapeutics’ Stock Rises 35.1 Percent

Ann Arbor Esperion Therapeutics’ Stock Rises 35.1 Percent

SHARES OF ESPERION Therapeutics surged in aftermarket trading Wednesday after the company reported positive clinical trial results for its experimental high-cholesterol drug ETC-1002. The company said patients who were treated with ETC-1002 had bigger reductions in their levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol than patients who took an older drug, Merck & Co.’s Zetia. Patients who […]

Michigan Leads Nation in Loss of Payroll Employment

Michigan Leads Nation in Loss of Payroll Employment

IN AUGUST 2014, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 35 states and decreased in 15 states and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in California (+44,200), Florida (+22,700), and Texas (+20,100). The data, released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, come at an inopportune time for Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder. […]

Joblessness Rises in Michigan and Ann Arbor

Joblessness Rises in Michigan and Ann Arbor

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES rose in 30 states last month, even as employers in two-thirds of the states stepped up hiring. The trends reflect an increase in job hunters nationwide as an improving economy encourages more people to seek work. The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates fell in eight states in July and were unchanged […]

A2POLITICO: Economic Development Groupies Circle The Bentleys to Defend SPARK

A2POLITICO: Economic Development Groupies Circle The Bentleys to Defend SPARK

by P.D. Lesko AT A RECENT mayoral candidate forum, unabashed supporters of “crony capitalism”—what President Obama’s former economic expert Dr. Lawrence Summers called the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s programs—defended Ann Arbor SPARK, touting the organization’s accomplishments and the city’s need for economic development. Council member Christopher Talyor purported that SPARK “creates a culture of entrepreneurship, […]

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