economic development http://michiganradio.org en ‘We won!’ – Spartan Stores turned SpartanNash keeps HQ in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/we-won-spartan-stores-turned-spartannash-keeps-hq-michigan <p>You know Spartan Stores – Family Fair, D &amp; W, VG’s – they’re known by different names.</p><p>This week the grocery store chain merged with Minneapolis-based grocery distributor Nash Finch. It’s a lot bigger than Spartan. It’s the largest food supplier to stores on military bases.</p><p>The new company, now known as SpartanNash,&nbsp;is worth more than $7 billion.</p><p>Birgit Klohs is President and CEO of The Right Place. The economic development group worked with the state to offer almost $2.75 million in grant money to keep the headquarters in Michigan.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:12:46 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15364 at http://michiganradio.org ‘We won!’ – Spartan Stores turned SpartanNash keeps HQ in Michigan Inflated job-creation numbers come from state strategic fund http://michiganradio.org/post/inflated-job-creation-numbers-come-state-strategic-fund <p>Sometimes we all do it. We over-promise on what we can actually get done.</p><p>That is especially true for some people seeking money or investments. And it&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">appears to be the case with some companies that received state money designed to create jobs in Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But some legislators in Michigan were left in the dark about that lack of performance, according to an </span><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201309/MIAuditorGeneral_21stCentury.PDF" style="line-height: 1.5;">audit by the Michigan Office of the Auditor General</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the goals of the Michigan Strategic&nbsp;Fund is to diversify the state's economy by giving out grants to companies, research groups, or start-ups.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The goal is to support entities that can create jobs in the state. Job creation numbers can be part of the evaluation of a given grant's effectiveness.</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:20:56 +0000 Mark Brush 14561 at http://michiganradio.org Inflated job-creation numbers come from state strategic fund Black business leaders want "a seat at the table" in Detroit re-development http://michiganradio.org/post/black-business-leaders-want-seat-table-detroit-re-development <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>There are a number of multi-million dollar development projects happening in and around downtown Detroit these days.</p><p>But according to the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, <a href="http://www.mlive.com/business/detroit/index.ssf/2013/09/michigan_black_chamber_of_comm.html">black-owned businesses feel left out of the boom</a>.</p><p>Black and other minority-owned businesses have effectively been locked out of the process of re-developing Detroit, says Chamber CEO Ken Harris.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 00:07:56 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14494 at http://michiganradio.org Black business leaders want "a seat at the table" in Detroit re-development Flint is looking for the right prescription to cure its downtown's woes http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-looking-right-prescription-cure-its-downtowns-woes <p>What’s being called an ‘Eds and Meds’ strategy is paying off for people trying to revitalize Flint’s downtown.</p><p></p><p>Many downtown buildings in Flint are empty. But local economic development leaders say they are making progress by attracting educational and medical investment.</p><p></p><p>The ‘Eds and Meds’ strategy is intended to not only bring in jobs, but also create activity and excitement, in a downtown in need of all three.</p><p></p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 18:19:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14126 at http://michiganradio.org Flint is looking for the right prescription to cure its downtown's woes Jackson National Life expansion moving forward after Lansing city council approves agreement http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-national-life-expansion-moving-forward-after-lansing-city-council-approves-agreement <p>An insurance company’s planned $100 million expansion in Ingham County took an important step forward Monday night.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Lansing City Council approved an agreement with a neighboring township which allows the city to collect taxes from the new Jackson National Life headquarters expansion. In exchange, the township would receive some city services.</span></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:00:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 13847 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson National Life expansion moving forward after Lansing city council approves agreement Despite Detroit's troubles, a number of programs bring recent graduates to the city http://michiganradio.org/post/despite-detroits-troubles-number-programs-bring-recent-graduates-city <p>There seem to be two types of stories emerging from Detroit these days: one bleak and one optimistic.</p><p>Both can be spun wildly out of proportion, but the two – seemingly contradictory – narratives paint the same city in a very different light.</p><p>Detroit’s bankruptcy has garnered attention from around the world – from the <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/shortcuts/2013/jul/19/detroit-bankrupt-but-not-the-first-place">U.K.</a> to <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Americas/World-s-auto-capital-Detroit-files-for-bankruptcy/Article1-1094790.aspx">India</a>. The bankruptcy, the underperforming school system, the lack of public services, the high crime, the dysfunctional local governments: they all contribute to the bleak narrative.</p><p>At the same time, there have been a number of reports that have highlighted a more optimistic narrative in the city.</p><p>A recent boom in population and economic activity in Midtown and downtown has completely changed those areas of the city over the last several years.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:31:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13693 at http://michiganradio.org Despite Detroit's troubles, a number of programs bring recent graduates to the city Lansing anthrax vaccine maker celebrates expansion http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-anthrax-vaccine-maker-celebrates-expansion <p>A Lansing bio-pharmaceutical company has opened a ten million dollar expansion at its Lansing facility.</p><p></p><p>Emergent Biosolutions produces an anthrax vaccine at its facility in Lansing.</p><p></p><p>“The government is purchasing as much as we can produce,” says Daniel Abdun Nabi, the company’s president, “So one of the reasons we have expanded here on the Lansing campus is to address the nation’s requirement for a broader stockpile of BioThrax.”</p><p></p><p>The company hopes to triple its Lansing production of the anthrax vaccine by 2015.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:50:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13096 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing anthrax vaccine maker celebrates expansion Insurance company expansion giving Lansing's economy a big boost http://michiganradio.org/post/insurance-company-expansion-giving-lansings-economy-big-boost <p>Jackson National Life Insurance Company says it plans to spend $100 million on a new office complex in Lansing.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The life insurance and annuities company is headquartered in the capital city.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The expansion will add a thousand jobs of all types.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mike Wells is Jackson National’s president. He says their growing business has outgrown the complex they built a decade ago.</span></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:26:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 12340 at http://michiganradio.org Insurance company expansion giving Lansing's economy a big boost Can Detroit be the next 'Comeback Kid'? http://michiganradio.org/post/can-detroit-be-next-comeback-kid <p>Who doesn't love that quintessential story of the underdog who battles and claws his or her way out of some apparently impossible challenge. David and Goliath,&nbsp; Rocky Balboa, the 'Miracle on Ice' are all great underdog stories that never cease to captivate the minds of people.</p><p>Will Detroit be the next great underdog story to make the list? Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:21:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 12078 at http://michiganradio.org Can Detroit be the next 'Comeback Kid'? Stateside: Abandoned cities that bounce back http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-abandoned-cities-bounce-back <p>The Detroit Future City plan, released by Detroit Mayor David Bing's Detroit Works Project, offers both short term action and long term plans to rebuild the city.</p><p>The report, created over a two year period, intends to improve the quality of life and business in Detroit and also sets goals for the future.</p><p>What could cities facing similar situations learn from Detroit? And what has been done in cities outside of Michigan?</p><p>June Manning Thomas and Margaret Dewar are professors of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan and are editors of the book "The City after Abandonment," a collection of essays from top urban planning experts.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Thomas and Dewar about the next steps outlined in the plan for Detroit and what its future will hold.</p><p><em>You can listen to the full Stateside interview above</em>.</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:05:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 11406 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Abandoned cities that bounce back Commonwealth of Belle Isle: The world's next city-state? http://michiganradio.org/post/commonwealth-belle-isle-worlds-next-city-state <p>Belle Isle inspires big dreams.</p><p>First there was the state’s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/belle-isle-be-overtaken-photoshopped-people">attempt to photoshop Belle Isle into a "Pleasantville"-style utopia </a>of dog walkers and picnics.</p><p>Now, a group of wealthy investors want to buy Detroit’s island park for $1 billion, secede from Michigan, and develop the 982 acres into the Commonwealth of Belle Isle, a Singapore-like city-state with its own laws, customs, and currency.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 20:04:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10797 at http://michiganradio.org Commonwealth of Belle Isle: The world's next city-state? Stateside: Recovery Park, big plans for redevelopment in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-recovery-park-big-plans-redevelopment-detroit <p>Recovery Park is a project hoping to revitalize the city of Detroit and get people working.&nbsp;</p><p>Gary Wozniak is the President and CEO. &nbsp;</p><p>He has big plans for Recovery Park involving everything from growing Tilapia, to processing foods, and establishing a 30-acre farm scattered throughout the city.</p><p>“So the models that we’re looking at are a combination of the community gardening that’s happening in Detroit, the indoor agriculture that’s being promoted by Michigan State University and then a lot of the larger indoor models in Europe, predominately in the Netherlands,” Wozniak says.</p><p>A new urban agriculture ordinance will certainly play a big in making this redevelopment project a reality.</p><p>The idea started with Self Help Addiction Rehabilitation or (SHAR), a Detroit based substance abuse treatment program.&nbsp;</p><p>SHAR’s mission is to transform individuals with addiction and those recovering a chance at a new life.</p><p>Wozniak has a very personal mission as well.</p><p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:35:25 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 10476 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Recovery Park, big plans for redevelopment in Detroit Stateside: When body parts become commodities http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-when-body-parts-become-commodities <p>For some, the idea of body parts functioning as units of exchange is unsettling.</p><p>But for Dr. Adam Lutzker, the concept is one worth investigating. Lutzker teaches at the<a href="http://www.umflint.edu/economics/faculty.htm"> University of Michigan- Flint</a>, where he recently gave a lecture entitled “Human Body Parts as Commodities.”</p><p>Born from a teaching strategy used to spark his students’ attention, the lecture challenges what we view as viable commodities.</p><p>“A commodity is anything that is produced for profit and bought and sold. With a commodity, we tolerate the fact that not everyone will get them. This was the debate- should things be treated as commodities? Should they be treated as rights?” said Lutzker.</p><p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:58:52 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10102 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: When body parts become commodities Michigan 4th worst in gender-based income inequality http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-4th-worst-gender-based-income-inequality <p>Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” comment from the second presidential debate became an <a href="http://bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com/">instant Internet meme</a>, but it also brought attention to the issue of income inequality based on gender.</p><p>It’s an issue with particular relevance for Michigan.</p><p>The state ranks fourth in the country for the largest pay gap between men and women.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:33:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9541 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan 4th worst in gender-based income inequality Forbes: Detroit ranks 3rd in adjusted wages compared to national average http://michiganradio.org/post/forbes-detroit-ranks-3rd-adjusted-wages-compared-national-average <p>Detroit has the third highest average annual income out of the 51 largest metropolitan areas in the country.</p><p>Shocked? Let me explain.</p><p>Forbes Magazine and the <a href="http://www.praxissg.com/index.php">Praxis Strategy Group</a> re-ranked the incomes in these 51 cities after adjusting for cost of living. Not surprisingly, it turns out a dollar goes a lot farther in Detroit than in, say, New York City or Boston.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:21:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8288 at http://michiganradio.org Forbes: Detroit ranks 3rd in adjusted wages compared to national average Deadline day for Lansing's old Red Cedar golf course http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-day-lansings-old-red-cedar-golf-course <p>Developers have until late this afternoon to submit their ideas for what to do with a former Lansing city golf course.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The twelve acres of the old Red Cedar golf course rests on the border of Lansing and East Lansing.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8161 at http://michiganradio.org Deadline day for Lansing's old Red Cedar golf course Gov. Snyder calls for local ideas for solving Michigan's urban problems http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-calls-local-ideas-solving-michigans-urban-problems <p>Flint business and civic leaders sat down with Governor Snyder today to discuss possible solutions to the city&rsquo;s problems.</p><p>The closed-door session focused on crime, education, economic development and other urban issues. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:41:59 +0000 Steve Carmody 7924 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder calls for local ideas for solving Michigan's urban problems Need tips to help get through the recession? Get Midwest money help from CNN's experts http://michiganradio.org/post/need-tips-help-get-through-recession-get-midwest-money-help-cnns-experts <p>The recession has played havoc with personal finances all over the Midwest, whether you&rsquo;re starting from scratch, or trying to stretch your budget to get through these hard times.</p><p>It can be hard to get good advice on what to do.</p><p>Rest easy. We&rsquo;re offering some Midwest Money <a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/dcefe5255376/what-kind-of-advice-do-you-need-from-cnns-personal-finance-gurus">help</a>.</p><p>Two of the country&rsquo;s leading experts on personal finance issues &mdash; CNN&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/velshi.ali.html">Ali </a><a href="http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/velshi.ali.html">Ve</a><a href="http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/velshi.ali.html">lshi</a> and <a href="http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/romans.christine.html">Christine Romans</a>&ndash; are teaming up with Changing Gears to provide some answers.</p><p>Each week, Ali and Christine tackle pressing financial dilemmas on their CNN program, <a href="http://yourmoney.blogs.cnn.com/">Your Money</a>, and they&rsquo;ve compiled their tips in the new book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/How-Speak-Money-Language-Knowledge/dp/1118114957">How to Speak Mon</a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/How-Speak-Money-Language-Knowledge/dp/1118114957">ey: The Language and the Knowledge That You Need Now.</a></p><p>Here&rsquo;s your chance for Midwest Money advice.</p><p><a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/dcefe5255376/what-kind-of-advice-do-you-need-from-cnns-personal-finance-gurus">Send us </a>anything that&rsquo;s on your mind, from retirement, to job hunting, to your mortgage and more.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll pose your questions to Ali and Christine, and publish their answers every day during the week of Dec. 19. And, if they pick a question that you sent in, you&rsquo;ll get an autographed copy of their new book.</p><p>Post your questions <a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/dcefe5255376/what-kind-of-advice-do-you-need-from-cnns-personal-finance-gurus">here</a>. Fri, 02 Dec 2011 18:51:35 +0000 Micki Maynard 5228 at http://michiganradio.org Need tips to help get through the recession? Get Midwest money help from CNN's experts Airport tax deal gets approval from Lansing, DeWitt Township http://michiganradio.org/post/airport-tax-deal-gets-approval-lansing-dewitt-township <p>A proposed expansion plan for Lansing&rsquo;s airport took a big step forward Monday&nbsp;night.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Lansing city council and DeWitt Township both approved a deal to share tax revenues from the airport.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Some city council members say they&rsquo;re concerned Lansing is giving up control as part of the deal.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Bob Trezise is the city&rsquo;s economic development director.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says the deal shows what must be done to make regional cooperation work.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 02:55:26 +0000 Steve Carmody 4681 at http://michiganradio.org Airport tax deal gets approval from Lansing, DeWitt Township Governor Snyder, Going to China http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-going-china <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-983234.mp3</p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">The other day, Gov. Rick Snyder&rsquo;s office announced he would be going to China next month. Actually, he will be going to both China and Japan, on a whirlwind, week-long trip that will begin with his attending a trade association meeting in Tokyo.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">This will be a high-powered trip. Along with him, the governor will be taking Mike Finney, the director of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, known as MEDC; the state agriculture director, and four other economic development officials.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">The reason for the trip, the governor&rsquo;s communications director said, was to talk about why investment in Michigan is a good idea, and also to promote our state&rsquo;s farm products.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Politicians often get criticized for taking junkets abroad -- sometimes rightly so. But not only is this trip a good idea, it is terribly necessary and way overdue.&nbsp; In Toledo, just to our south, Chinese businessmen have spent millions to buy land along the Maumee riverfront, which they plan to develop for a variety of uses.</font></font></font></font></p><p> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:56:48 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3894 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder, Going to China