michigan economic growth authority http://michiganradio.org en Europe’s largest online hotel reservation company expanding in West Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/europe%E2%80%99s-largest-online-hotel-reservation-company-expanding-west-michigan <p>Booking.com is a subsidiary of Priceline.com. The company put its first North American call center in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming because there are a lot of tech-savvy young people who are fluent in many European languages.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s important because at different times of the day and on weekends or holidays in other countries, they&rsquo;re switching those calls here,&rdquo; said Sue Jackson, Vice President of Business Development at <a href="http://www.rightplace.org/">The Right Place</a>. The economic-development group helped attract the company in 2008 and secured the latest expansion.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re thrilled, obviously,&rdquo; Jackson said about the 562 fulltime jobs the company is expected to create over the next 3 years. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s a lot of jobs for us.&rdquo;</p><p>There are already more than 400 workers at the Wyoming facility. They provide technical support solving problems for travelers trying to book hotels online overseas.</p><p>&ldquo;It is a credit to the multi-lingual skills and work ethic of West Michigan&rsquo;s workforce that priceline is increasing its investment in our region,&rdquo; said Jackson. Tue, 18 Oct 2011 22:02:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4627 at http://michiganradio.org The state of Michigan to help brownfield redevelopment http://michiganradio.org/post/state-michigan-help-brownfield-redevelopment <p>The state of Michigan will soon increase assistance to redevelop old industrial sites.&nbsp;</p><p>The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p><span lang="EN">Redevelopment projects in Detroit, Flint, </span><span lang="EN">Grand Rapids, Hamtramck and Lansing are getting a boost with </span><span lang="EN">state</span><span lang="EN">tax</span><span lang="EN"> incentives.&nbsp; </span></p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:48:38 +0000 584 at http://michiganradio.org The state of Michigan to help brownfield redevelopment