pure michigan http://michiganradio.org en MEC report suggests Michigan living conditions don't live up to residents' hopes http://michiganradio.org/post/mec-report-suggests-michigan-living-conditions-dont-live-residents-hopes <p>The living conditions in Michigan are crumbling and the residents aren't happy about it.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:04:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18207 at http://michiganradio.org MEC report suggests Michigan living conditions don't live up to residents' hopes Those "Pure Michigan" ads are paying off http://michiganradio.org/post/those-pure-michigan-ads-are-paying <p>The Pure Michigan advertising campaign helped fill state tax coffers again last year.</p><p>Michigan has invested heavily in an effort to boost tourism in recent years. And the commercials, which are voiced by actor Tim Allen, and often feature scenic shots of lake vistas or Detroit nightlife, are getting through to people.</p><p>Michelle Grinnell is the public relations manager for Pure Michigan. She says the Pure Michigan brand connects with people.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:15:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16830 at http://michiganradio.org Those "Pure Michigan" ads are paying off Michigan tourism industry should see a boost in 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-tourism-industry-should-see-boost-2014 <p>2014 may be a ‘robust’ year for Michigan’s tourism industry.</p><p></p><p>Stock markets and consumer confidence are high, housing markets are improving and unemployment is down. Michigan State University researchers say these are all factors that play a role in determining if people will take a vacation.</p><p></p><p>The MSU researchers presented their annual tourism forecast at an industry conference in Traverse City this morning.</p><p></p><p>They’re predicting a 4.5% increase in hotel receipts this year compared with 2013, which was a strong year for Michigan tourism.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16784 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan tourism industry should see a boost in 2014 Will Michigan be the new travel destination for Asians? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-michigan-be-new-travel-destination-asians <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Gov. Rick Snyder is making his way to Asia on Wednesday, in an attempt to sell China and Japan on all things “Pure Michigan.”</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">This will be Snyder’s third trip to eastern Asia as governor. This time around, the governor is not only attempting to build business relationships with China and Japan, but also trying to pitch the Great Lakes State as a new American destination for Asian tourists.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Expanding the “Pure Michigan” campaign to international tourists is a relatively new endeavor for the state. Just this February, the state allocated an <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/pure_michigan_funding_increase.html">additional $4 million</a> to the program for the sole purpose of bringing in foreign travelers.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">And perhaps with good reason. In 2012, Chinese tourists beat out their American and German counterparts as the world’s top international tourist spenders. In just that year, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/09/travel/chinese-tourism-impact/index.html">Chinese sightseers spent $104 billion</a> on global travel.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">But will Michigan ever bypass popular U.S. travel destinations, like Times Square or San Francisco?</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 17:50:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14242 at http://michiganradio.org Will Michigan be the new travel destination for Asians? New 'Pure Michigan' ad about Detroit features a lot of...fountains http://michiganradio.org/post/new-pure-michigan-ad-about-detroit-features-lot-offountains <p>There's a new <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpsaL-WAqBY">Pure Michigan ad</a> about Detroit.&nbsp;</p><p>Released on August 19, the 32-second video features classic images of Detroit through a soft, fuzzy lens.</p><p>An evening row on the river, a sunny afternoon at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and a fresh array of fruit and veggies at Eastern Market create a picturesque montage of the city.</p><p>Also, there's an unusually large number of fountains. Here's what we see in 32 seconds:</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:18:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14086 at http://michiganradio.org New 'Pure Michigan' ad about Detroit features a lot of...fountains Part of an Irish Hills landmark coming down http://michiganradio.org/post/part-irish-hills-landmark-coming-down <p>Part of the iconic Irish Hills Towers in Lenawee County is being demolished this week.</p><p></p><p>Members of a small wrecking crew are slowly dismantling the two observation decks that top the six story tall wooden towers.&nbsp;&nbsp; The work is expected to take a few days, depending in part on the weather.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The towers have been a landmark along U-S Route 12 in southern Michigan since the 1920’s and they're on the National Register of Historic Places.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>But age and neglect have taken a toll in recent years.</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 04:10:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13332 at http://michiganradio.org Part of an Irish Hills landmark coming down New license plate pushes 'Pure Michigan' - Vote for your all-time favorite http://michiganradio.org/post/new-license-plate-pushes-pure-michigan-vote-your-all-time-favorite <p>New license plates in Michigan will feature the "Pure Michigan" tourism logo.</p><p>Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled the plates today at a secretary of state branch in Lansing. They say the plates will help millions of residents be ambassadors for their state.</p><p>From the press release:</p><blockquote><p>Gov. Snyder called the plates a new way to help strengthen the Pure Michigan brand, which encourages economic growth and job creation.</p><p>"More tourism is good for Michigan families, communities and our economy," Snyder said. "The Pure Michigan campaign successfully attracts out-of-state dollars and investment because we have such a great story to tell and so many unique destinations and opportunities. Now every driver can join the effort to promote the place we call home."</p></blockquote><p></p><p>The plate unveiled today will gradually replace the state's standard white-and-blue license plate.</p><p>The current standard plates with a blue bar across the top will be issued until they're gone in each Secretary of State office.</p><p>For an extra $5, you can request a Pure Michigan plate now. All new personalized, veteran and fundraising plates will have the Pure Michigan logo without asking.</p><p>Past license plates have touted Michigan as a "Water Wonderland" or the "Great Lake State," so we wanted to know, which Michigan license plate is your favorite?</p><p>Check out the selections above and take our poll:</p><p><script language="JavaScript" src="http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js"></script><script language="JavaScript">stLight.options({ publisher:'18355ba4-a04c-4a33-a76f-847aadfc0f80', onhover:false });</script><script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.micropoll.com/a/MicroPoll?id=3769512"></script><noscript><div><a href="http://www.micropoll.com/a/mpview/948216-3769512">Click Here for Poll</a><a href="http://www.questionpro.com" title="online survey">Online Survey</a><BR><a href="http://www.surveyanalytics.com/conjoint" title="Conjoint Analysis">Conjoint Analysis</a><BR> | <a href="http://www.micropoll.com" title="Polls">Polls</a><BR> | <a href="http://www.surveyswipe.com" title="mobile surveys">Mobile Surveys</a><BR><BR> | <a href="http://www.ideascale.com/feedback-tab.html" title="Feedback Tab">Feedback Tab</a><BR><a href="http://www.micropoll.com/a/MicroPoll?mode=html&id=3769512">View MicroPoll</A></div></noscript><!-- END MICROPOLL JAVASCRIPT CODE --></p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 18:14:15 +0000 Mark Brush 12046 at http://michiganradio.org New license plate pushes 'Pure Michigan' - Vote for your all-time favorite 'Pure Michigan' campaign kicks off $13M effort http://michiganradio.org/post/pure-michigan-campaign-kicks-13m-effort <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state's "Pure Michigan" tourism campaign is kicking off a $13 million national cable television advertising effort.</p><p>The new campaign begins airing Monday and runs through the end of June. It includes five partners that pitched in a total of $3 million: Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Mackinac Island, Traverse City and The Henry Ford historical attraction in Dearborn.</p><p>The state says Ann Arbor contributed $1 million and the other four partners contributed $500,000 each.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:45:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11735 at http://michiganradio.org 'Pure Michigan' campaign kicks off $13M effort Pure Michigan brings pure economic benefits to the state http://michiganradio.org/post/pure-michigan-brings-pure-economic-benefits-state <p>Bridge Magazine published <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/02/1-billion-economic-impact-that%E2%80%99s-pure-michigan/">an article</a> this week that shows the scale and value of Michigan's tourism sector.</p><p>Contributor Jeff Alexander writes the sector accounts for $17.7 billion of Michigan's $300 billion-plus economy.</p><p>Citing state tourism data, Alexander writes since it's launch in 2006,&nbsp; t<a href="http://www.michigan.org/">he Pure Michigan campaign</a> has helped attract out of state visitors by focusing on the states natural beauty and historic attractions.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:05:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11308 at http://michiganradio.org Pure Michigan brings pure economic benefits to the state The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-17 <p>This week in review Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-bing-focuses-progress-state-city-speech">Detroit’s State of the City address</a>, lawmakers <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/eliminate-viagra-senate-health-plan-no-problem-gop-responds">conversation</a> about abortions and Viagra coverage in Senate health plans, and the removal of Pure Michigan right to work <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/pure-michigan-logo-wont-pair-right-work-again">ads</a>.</p><p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 11262 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review Pure Michigan logo won't pair up with 'right-to-work' again http://michiganradio.org/post/pure-michigan-logo-wont-pair-right-work-again <p>The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) got some heat after this ad appeared in the Wall Street Journal last month (photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/20550971/right-to-work-ad-ripped-for-link-to-tourism-brand">MyFoxDetroit</a>):</p><p></p><p>It cost MEDC&nbsp; $144,000.</p><p>MEDC is a public-private entity and functions as a marketing firm for the state of Michigan. MEDC officials say only private money was spent on the Wall St. Journal ad.</p><p>But tying the state's 'Pure Michigan' brand to a controversial new law was roundly criticized by Democrats and by some <a href="http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2013/01/pure_michigan.html">advertising experts</a>.</p><p>Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said the ad was "<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-questions-ad-tying-pure-michigan-brand-right-work">too specific, and possibly divisive</a>."</p><p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130214/POLITICS02/302140425#ixzz2Kti51vpe">The Detroit News</a> reports today that MEDC won't do it again:</p><blockquote><p>The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has halted use of the Pure Michigan logo in advertisements promoting the new right-to-work law following backlash from Democrats and criticism from Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.</p><p>"At this point any further advertising on that level or in that style has been put on hold," Jim McBryde, vice president of government affairs, told the House Tourism Committee Thursday morning.</p><p>Mike Finney, president and CEO of the MEDC, is re-evaluating use of the tourism logo in economic development advertisements, McBryde said.<br> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:06:13 +0000 Mark Brush 11236 at http://michiganradio.org Pure Michigan logo won't pair up with 'right-to-work' again In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-140 <p><strong>Referendum campaign will try to block wolf hunts</strong></p><p>After Governor Rick Snyder recently signed legislation opening up the doors to a possible wolf hunt in the state, a referendum campaign is trying to block the move. The Detroit News <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130115/METRO/301150354/1409/metro/Group-wants-voters-restrict-wolf-hunting">reports, </a></p><blockquote><p>A petition committee, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, is attempting to gather 225,000 signatures in the next two and a half months for a statewide ballot question that would protect wolves from being hunted as a trophy animal.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Governor Snyder criticizes right to work as Pure Michigan ad</strong></p><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Governor Rick Snyder has criticized a Michigan Economic Development Corporation ad that ran in the Wall Street Journal that touts the new right to work legislation as "Pure Michigan. "Governor Snyder says he would not have singled out right-to-work. Instead, he says he hoped the ad would highlight a broad range of new economic policies," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-questions-ad-tying-pure-michigan-brand-right-work">reports.</a></div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:45:05 +0000 Emily Fox 10773 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Governor Snyder questions ad tying Pure Michigan brand to right-to-work http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-questions-ad-tying-pure-michigan-brand-right-work <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he would not have tied the Pure Michigan brand so closely with the state’s controversial right-to-work law in a recent ad.</p><p>The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has been taking criticism for the ad, which appeared in the Wall Street Journal.</p><p>It promotes right-to-work alongside a logo for the state’s popular tourism campaign.</p><p>Governor Snyder said he thinks the message was too specific, and possibly divisive.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:10:51 +0000 Jake Neher 10765 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder questions ad tying Pure Michigan brand to right-to-work The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-13 <p>This week and review Michigan Radio’s Weekend Edition host Rina Miller and political analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss proposed bills to end lame duck sessions and make it easier to file freedom of information act requests. They also chat about the controversial right to work Pure Michigan ad that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.</p><p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 10723 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review Wall Street Journal ad calls right-to-work law "Pure Michigan" http://michiganradio.org/post/wall-street-journal-ad-calls-right-work-law-pure-michigan <p><strong>Update 6:45 p.m.</strong></p><p>A "Pure Michigan" ad in the Wall Street Journal caused quite the stir this week. It didn't feature sandy beaches, pretty golf courses, or fishing... but Michigan's new right-to-work law instead.</p><p>“We certainly understood that this was not an issue where there was unanimous support," Michael Finney, President of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation said.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:17:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10705 at http://michiganradio.org Wall Street Journal ad calls right-to-work law "Pure Michigan" Stateside: Pure Michigan's history of allure http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-pure-michigans-history-allure <p>The Pure Michigan campaign is credited with attracting 3.2 million out-of-state visitors to Michigan.</p><p>It is an effective campaign with a surprisingly long history.</p><p>Michael Federspiel, executive director of the Little Traverse Historical Society and history professor at Central Michigan University spoke with Cyndy about the Pure Michigan of the past.</p><p>According to Federspiel, Northern Michigan was faced with reconstructing its image</p><p>“It was an area looking for an identity,” said Federspiel.</p><p>The major message of 19<sup>th</sup> century promotional campaigns was a combination of relaxation and exploration.</p><p>“During those years when the railroads were in charge of publicity, they would create booklets that would be in hotels and railroad stations. They would point to Northern Michigan where you could be very active, or not active at all. The Pure Michigan campaign targets non-Michiganians,” said Federspiel.</p><p>According to Federspiel,&nbsp; in 1898 <a href="http://mihemingwaytour.org/">Ernest Hemingway's family</a> decided to come to<a href="http://www.petoskeymuseum.org/"> Petoskey</a> and bought property. The <a href="http://michiganhemingwaysociety.org/">Hemingway family</a> still owns that original cottage.</p><p>“You have resort communities that were founded in the 1870’s that were places people came to spend the season.”</p><p><em>There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty</em>"</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8746/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of the entire show</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8935/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of each segment</em> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:12:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10226 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Pure Michigan's history of allure Ten signs it's summertime in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/ten-signs-its-summertime-michigan <p>Detroit Free Press columnist Ron Dzwonkowski offers 10 ways we can tell another Michigan summer is upon us.</p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120620/COL32/120620024/Ron-Dzwonkowski-A-pure-Michigan-summer-has-arrived?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Here&#39;s the list</a>:</p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:41:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7956 at http://michiganradio.org Ten signs it's summertime in Michigan Is the world ready for Pure Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/world-ready-pure-michigan <p>The Obama Administration wants to step up efforts to promote the U.S. as an international tourism destination. That&rsquo;s welcome news to the folks who run the &ldquo;Pure Michigan&rdquo; campaign.</p><p>Michigan tourism officials know people from foreign countries come here to vacation, but they don&rsquo;t know how many, and that&rsquo;s important to know when they&rsquo;re planning how to spend the &ldquo;Pure Michigan&rdquo; campaign&rsquo;s $25 million advertising budget.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>This year, only about one percent,&nbsp; or about $250,000, is being spent to promote Michigan as a tourism destination in Europe, mainly in England and Germany. Nothing is being spent in Asia.</p><p>George Zimmerman oversees the &ldquo;Pure Michigan&rdquo; campaign for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He says the Obama Administration&rsquo;s tourism strategy includes determining where foreign visitors want to go.</p><p>&ldquo;For about half the states, including Michigan, there just isn&rsquo;t enough sample size to really have good data. So, that&rsquo;s been a challenge for us, says Zimmerman.&nbsp;</p><p>Right now, the &ldquo;Pure Michigan&rdquo; campaign is focusing on regional promotions with some national ads, and &ldquo;a modest effort&rdquo; in Canada.</p><p> Sun, 13 May 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7447 at http://michiganradio.org Is the world ready for Pure Michigan? 'Pure Michigan' campaign brings $1 billion to businesses http://michiganradio.org/post/pure-michigan-campaign-brings-1-billion-businesses <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YbJjZkv6P8">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YbJjZkv6P8</a></p><p>(I&#39;m partial to the Grand Rapids video... but <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YbJjZkv6P8">there&#39;s lots more here</a>.)</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganadvantage.org/cm/files/reports/longwoods2011advertisingevaluation.pdf">A new report shows</a> the <a href="http://www.michigan.org/">Pure Michigan campaign </a>drove a record one billion dollars into the state&rsquo;s economy last spring and summer. That&rsquo;s almost twice as much as the spring and summer of 2010 (it was $605 million then).</p><p>&ldquo;This is the biggest result ever for the campaign,&rdquo; said George Zimmermann, director of the state&rsquo;s tourism group, Travel Michigan. &ldquo;The results just every year are a little better, little better; now this year is a pretty big jump,&rdquo; George Zimmermann said. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 04:30:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6800 at http://michiganradio.org Pure Michigan rolling out Summer tourism ads http://michiganradio.org/post/pure-michigan-rolling-out-summer-tourism-ads <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">LANSING, Mich. (AP) &mdash; As the seasons turn, it&#39;s time for this year&#39;s <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9U1hVRMkuE">Pure Michigan</a> national advertising campaign.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The $12 million ad blitz on cable TV starts Monday and runs through June on more than 20 networks, ranging from Animal Planet to CNN to the Weather Channel.</span></p> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 14:34:24 +0000 The Associated Press 6680 at http://michiganradio.org Pure Michigan rolling out Summer tourism ads