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Front Page Wall Street Journal Report Spotlights Emerging Michigan Housing Crisis

May 3rd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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(Lansing, MI) – A front page Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report yesterday spotlighted the housing crisis now impacting Grand Rapids. It also highlighted what Michigan homebuilders have been warning about since last year: historically low levels of new home construction may well lead to a shortage of housing of crisis proportions in many communities across […]

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New Housing Permits in Michigan Up 23 Percent in the First Two Months of 2018

May 3rd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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(Lansing, MI) – Michigan’s homebuilding industry started 2018 on a solid upswing. Housing permits for single family home construction through the first two months of 2018 are 22.8% ahead of year ago levels. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 2,065 permits issued in the first two months of the year, compared to 1,681 […]

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MMA and Avalon & Tahoe Testify for Long-Term Talent Funding

May 3rd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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MMA continues to support the expansion of the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF), a tremendously successful tool being used to combat the skills gap in Michigan. Last week, MMA testified before the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee in support of legislation to secure this training resource for future manufacturers. The STTF program, designed […]

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MMA-Supported Long-Term Talent Funding Gains Committee Approval

May 3rd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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MMA continues to support the expansion of the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF), a tremendously successful tool being used to combat the skills gap in Michigan. Following MMA testimony before the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee, the Committee approved new legislation to secure this training resource for future manufacturers. The STTF program, designed […]

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MMA to Oppose Data Breach Bills

May 3rd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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MMA plans to voice opposition this week to legislation which would impose the world’s most stringent data breach notification requirement on Michigan manufacturers and other companies that collect data from customers. Senate Bills 632 and 633, introduced by Senator Darwin Booher (R-Evart), also create a new cause of action, allowing banks and other financial institutions […]

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Michigan Business Development Program Projects

May 3rd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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The following projects have been approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund. MBDP Incentive Funds are not disbursed until designated milestones are achieved. This report was last updated on May 02, 2018. View previous fiscal year archived reports of projects approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund. Manthei, Inc. – Performance Based Grant Approval Date: April 11, 2018 […]

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’State Of Manufacturing’ Tour Highlights Growth Of Jobs, Skills Needed

May 3rd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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When Jay Timmons took over as president and CEO of The National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) in 2011, many said manufacturing in the United States was dead, that factories and jobs were moving overseas and this country would have to shift to a service economy. Today he calls that notion “farcical.” With growth in fields like robotics, […]

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California Top Projects Show Region’s Construction Market Still Sizzles

May 2nd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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Construction activity remains red-hot in California and Hawaii, with a wide range of public and private projects. Like last year, the top five projects to break ground in the region during 2017 all topped $1 billion. The annual ranking features the 28 largest projects to get underway in California and Hawaii during the past year. […]

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Hunters Point Shipyard Contractor Defends Cleanup Work

May 2nd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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The contractor leading the cleanup of radioactive contaminants at the U.S. Navy’s Hunters Point shipyard in San Francisco is publicly defending its work and offering to pay for independent retesting to refute claims that the company faked and manipulated soil data. Pasadena-based Tetra Tech has been at the center of environmental scandals plaguing the cleanup […]

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ENR California Selects 2018 Design Firm of the Year

May 2nd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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ENR California is proud to announce that ZGF Architects has been named Design Firm of the Year. Founded in 1942, ZGF has consistently delivered large, innovative designs in the health care, higher education and government sectors in California. The firm’s designs specialize in juggling a project’s multiple and diverse purposes, such as a courthouse’s three separate circulation patterns […]

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