construction http://michiganradio.org en Below-ground work starts on Detroit light rail http://michiganradio.org/post/below-ground-work-starts-detroit-light-rail-0 <p>DETROIT (AP) - Below-ground utility relocation is underway on a 3.3-mile light rail system that will run from Detroit's riverfront to the city's New Center area.</p><p></p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 21:36:34 +0000 Associated Press 15800 at http://michiganradio.org Below-ground work starts on Detroit light rail Stateside for Monday, October 21st, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-october-21st-2013 <p>There's a labor shortage in West Michigan. Construction jobs are going unfilled. We look at what that means for the housing industry and the economy as a whole.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, after this weekend's loss to the Boston Red Sox, Tigers Manager Jim Leyland announced he's stepping down today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We found out more about the man who led the Tigers to win the last three AL Central Division titles.</span></p><p>Also,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">George and Ira&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gershwin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;are important figures in the history of American music, but there has never been a definitive edition of their joint body of work, but now the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gershwin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;family is teaming up with the University of Michigan to change that.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We spoke to the editor-in-chief of the George and Ira&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gershwin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Critical Edition to find out more.</span></p><p>First on the show, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bridge Magazine is taking a close look at the challenges Michigan faces as we try to improve our education system.</span> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:37:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 14928 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, October 21st, 2013 Michigan is experiencing a construction labor shortage http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-experiencing-construction-labor-shortage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the depths of the Great Recession, here are words that we thought we might never hear again - "Help Wanted."</span></p><p>Construction jobs are going begging.</p><p>Five years ago, Michigan’s construction industry was fighting to stay alive.</p><p>Now it’s on the rebound, but home builders say they need more workers. And they’re not finding enough folks apparently willing to put in a hard day’s work on a construction site. The Grand Rapids Community College's residential construction program only drew five students.</p><p>What’s with the construction labor shortage?</p><p>John Bitely is the President and Owner of Sable Homes in Grand Rapids, and he joined us today along with Donald Grimes. Grimes is a senior research associate with the University of Michigan, specializing on economic forecasting and regional economic development in Michigan.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:11:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 14927 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan is experiencing a construction labor shortage Government shutdown postpones construction at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge http://michiganradio.org/post/government-shutdown-postpones-construction-detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge <p>Construction for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge&rsquo;s new visitor center has been delayed, due to the ongoing partial federal government shutdown.</p><p>As the Associated Press&rsquo;s <a href="http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/10/15/shutdown-postpones-visitor-center-groundbreaking/">David Runk reported</a>, construction for the refuge&rsquo;s 12,000 square foot center was slated to begin Wednesday, but the temporary hold on federal funds postponed the project.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:50:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14864 at http://michiganradio.org Government shutdown postpones construction at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Union: Michigan home builders not telling the truth when they claim there's a labor shortage http://michiganradio.org/post/union-michigan-home-builders-not-telling-truth-when-they-claim-theres-labor-shortage <p>A major union is disputing claims by Michigan’s home builders that there are not enough skilled workers to fill all the jobs in the state’s resurgent construction industry.</p><p></p><p>New home prices are up in Michigan this year. Building permits are also up.</p><p></p><p>But the Home Builders Association of Michigan released a survey last month claiming a deep gap between the number of skilled trades workers and the jobs available.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 03:39:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 13151 at http://michiganradio.org Union: Michigan home builders not telling the truth when they claim there's a labor shortage Michigan home builders more optimistic http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-home-builders-more-optimistic <p>Michigan’s home builders are more optimistic now than they’ve been in several years.</p><p></p><p>A new survey by the Home Builders Association of Michigan shows improving housing starts and other trends give home builders and remodelers hope that they're emerging from the recession. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He says some markets, like Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, are already seeing an increase.</p><p></p><p></p><p>“Trends are all trending upward,” says Robert Filka, the association’s CEO, “We’re very optimistic about the outlook for the industry.”</p><p></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 00:56:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 9722 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan home builders more optimistic Home sales sign of improvement in Michigan's economy http://michiganradio.org/post/home-sales-sign-improvement-michigans-economy <p>(by Rina Miller, Michigan Radio)</p><p>Michigan actually fared better in new home sales than other parts of the nation.&nbsp; Some economists say improvements in the auto industry are helping stabilize Michigan's economy.</p> Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:34:09 +0000 Mark Brush 19 at http://michiganradio.org Home sales sign of improvement in Michigan's economy