MEDC en Inflated job-creation numbers come from 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="" 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 Inflated job-creation numbers come from state strategic fund Goodbye to the 'flick': Small Michigan movie theaters facing deadline <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is a big weekend for film fans, but the movies honored this weekend at the Oscars may be the last ones to be in theaters as actual "films." &nbsp;</span></p><p>And that’s bad news for many small neighborhood and drive-in theaters in Michigan.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A night at the neighborhood theater</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Friday night crowd is gathering in the lobby of the Sun Theater in </span>Williamston<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Everybody seems to know everybody else at this small, one screen, neighborhood movie house. From the low ticket prices and very affordable concessions, the Sun Theater is a throwback, and that’s especially true for what’s at the top of the stairs at the rear of the theater.</p><p>35 millimeter film is flickering through a projector, which shines that night’s movie on to the silver screen. &nbsp;</p><p>It’s basically the way films have been shone for a hundred years, but that’s about to end.</p><p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:32:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11340 at Goodbye to the 'flick': Small Michigan movie theaters facing deadline West Michigan groups teaming up to attract businesses, jobs <p>Two economic development groups, one from Grand Rapids and another in Muskegon are asking the state of Michigan to approve a regional economic development corporation. It could provide marketing and tax incentives for a narrow purpose; to attract businesses that need property with two or more modes of transportation.</p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 19:22:33 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3635 at West Michigan groups teaming up to attract businesses, jobs Economic gardening? What's that? <p>Economists and business interests say over and over again: many of Michigan’s problems will be solved if more people are working. That’s why during the State of the State address we heard Governor Snyder say, </p> <p>“Simply, put, job one is jobs!” </p> <p>And then in the speech, the governor outlined some of the tools he plans to use to create more jobs. Here's a look at one of those economic tools.</p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:43:53 +0000 Lester Graham 1254 at Economic gardening? What's that? 'Pure MI' campaign to be used to market state as business destination <p>The state’s new economic development chief says the “<a href="">Pure Michigan</a>” tourism campaign should also be used as a tool to grow and attract businesses. Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing Bureau Chief sent us this report from the Capitol:</p><p>Michael Finney was confirmed as the new CEO of the <a href="">Michigan Economic Development Corporation</a> by its board of directors. Finney was <a href="">Governor Rick Snyder’s choice</a> to <a href="">lead the agency</a>.</p><p>Finney says the “Pure Michigan” campaign is already a success story in selling the state as a tourist destination:</p><blockquote><p>So we want to find ways to use that as a brand that will represent both tourism and business in our state. We think it’s a great brand and we intend on exploring that further as we go about our business of effectively marketing Michigan as a desired place to grow a business.</p></blockquote><p>Finney says that can be done using free media and without <a href="">increasing the Pure Michigan ad budget</a>. He also says there will be a shift in the focus of the state’s economic development efforts toward helping entrepreneurs who are already in Michigan grow their businesses and hire more workers. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 11:49:46 +0000 Zoe Clark 747 at Snyder names key members of jobs team <p>Republican Governor-elect <a href="">Rick Snyder</a> continues to <a href="">name new members</a> of his incoming administration.&nbsp;</p><p>Yesterday, Snyder announced that <a href="">Doug Rothwell</a> would lead the <a href="">Michigan Economic Development Coporation</a>.&nbsp; As Rick Pluta <a href="">reports</a>, it will be Rothwell&rsquo;s second turn at the job. He was the MEDC&rsquo;s first director after Governor John Engler created the agency in the 1990s. Rothwell is currently the President and CEO of <a href="">Business Leaders for Michigan</a>, a group of the state&#39;s top 75 CEO&#39;s.</p><p>In a show of bipartisanship, outgoing Democratic Governor <a href="">Jennifer Granholm</a> stood next to Snyder as he made the announcement. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:20:36 +0000 Zoe Clark 577 at Snyder names key members of jobs team