Monday, May 16, 2011

2011-05-16 News from the Detroit Region


U.S. manufacturing attempts a high-tech comeback
An unusual public-private partnership to build a high-tech industrial cluster in Albany, N.Y., could provide the framework for economic revitalization nationwide.,0,569232.story

Transportation / Transit / Aerotropolis

Incentives for cargo hub plan at impasse

Editorial: Look who's blazing public transit path|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Envoy promotes proposed Detroit-Windsor bridge|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Murky water -- Bridge cost overruns: Extent of Canada's funding promise unclear

KEITH CRAIN: We don't need rail aid from Washington

Editorial: Bus service essential to all transit improvements|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p


Henry Ford complex in suburban Detroit packages artifacts of American history along with automobiles

DDA Preps Downtown Ann Arbor Process

Warren mayor proposes tapping court funds to balance city budget

Wayne Co. and Detroit could merge health departments|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Detroit / Urban Revitalization

Detroit is searching for a healthy size: Brent Larkin

Motown’s optimistic tune

The Power of the Action-Idea: Detroit Uprising

Detroit charter committee floats draft to public|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Volunteers to help spruce up Detroit's Midtown

There's So Much More to Detroit

Motown Farmville: Detroit Plants Seeds for World's Largest Urban Farm

In pictures: Detroit's abandoned buildings

Building good neighborhoods: Skillman initiative passes early funding goals

City looks at ways to spruce up Belle Isle

Business / Energy / Auto 2.0

Chinese don't think of Detroit when they think of luxury|topnews|text|Auto%20news

Trade missions can be worth the expense for first-timers

Border grossing: Michigan companies going global find benefits can top barriers

Third time the charm? Tech building haunted by failures has new tenant, new chance

A thriving Medical Mile transforms Grand Rapids|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

MEDC builds ‘export road map' for growing businesses

State / National Policy & Politics

Viewpoint: Michigan can't afford to lose historic preservation tax credit

Rick Haglund: Gov. Rick Snyder is leading a classic corporate turnaround strategy

$690 million in extra tax revenue predicted for Michigan

Brian Dickerson: Don't call it a tax cut|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Road taxes: Gas cars pay them, why not electric vehicles?

State-takeover talk, concession ‘deadline' build budget pressure

5 hints to how Rick Snyder may handle Michigan's very own economic stimulus

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

2011-05-11 News from the Detroit region


Why Michigan? - Thanks to Clay Pearson for sharing

50 Ideas for the New City - Thanks to Claire Nelson for sharing

Transportation / Transit / Aerotropolis

High Speed rail comes to Detroit in the New Center/Midtown area

Lambert in talks about Latin America cargo flights (St. Louis Aerotropolis)

Fast trains and new jobs: 10 reactions to the Detroit-to-Chicago high-speed rail announcement

Canadian official urges Michigan to approve Detroit River bridge

Detroit keen on Windsor-Detroit ferry

Windsor MP Brian Masse pushes for Detroit-Windsor passenger rail connection

Michigan Shows Mixed Results in Measuring Performance of Transportation Dollars

America’s Biggest (And Least) Gas-Guzzling Cities

New International Trade Crossing

Detroit / Urban Revitalization

Group Working To Bring People Into Detroit

Midtown's Park Shelton prepares for final build-out

The rebirth of Detroit amid modern-day ruins

Detroit & Lodz: Solutions for Post-Industrial Cities (Film)

Facing council's subpoena, Bing delivers plan to cut deficit|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

City Council backs Bing's plan to up casino taxes|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Union, city leaders hash out deficit

Detroit Port project aims to attract waterfront tourism

Mayor Bing gives Detroit City Council 453-page plan to eliminate deficit, replacing 10-page plan

Urban Centers to be Focus of Next AIA Detroit Urban Priorities Committee “Detroit By Design” Series, May 17-24

Bing deficit plan: Privatize services, cut benefits


Macomb County leaders search for funding of water monitoring system|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Ann Arbor SPARK says local companies it assisted in 2010 plan to add 1,425 jobs

Oakland Co. downtowns get high marks

OakWIN a win for Oakland County|newswell|text|Royal%20Oak|p

State / National Policy & Politics

Michigan's film studios go to fade-out

Snyder tells nonprofit audience: You can help state with education, wellness and workforce

Supporters push for Snyder's tax plan in Michigan Senate

Speakers: Michigan immigrants serve as a wellspring for entrepreneurship

Free trade deals bad for Michigan

Snyder should heed Machiavelli's advice

Michigan town's woes a sign of tough choices to come

Business / Energy / Auto 2.0

Top 5 wishes for Michigan's venture capital industry on conference's 30th anniversary

New Analysis: Detroit Metropolitan Area Ranks #8 Nationally in Regard to Skilled Nursing Facility-Generated Economic Activity, Job Creation

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

2011-05-10 News from Detroit


The Rejected Windfall

Why high-speed rail to Chicago could spark Michigan's economy

Transportation / Transit

Michigan to get $200M for high-speed rail$200M-for-high-speed-rail$200M-for-high-speed-rail

Letter: More passenger rail in Michigan is possible

State wins more than $200M for high-speed rail|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

High-Speed Rail in Michigan: Is a line to Canada the next step?

Editorial: State must find new sources for transportation funding|head

As Detroit-to-Chicago high-speed rail is announced, critics continue to be wrong

Stephen Henderson: High-speed rail a good idea for Midwest|head

Group says plan for 2nd Detroit-Canada bridge needs more oversight|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Business / Energy / Auto 2.0

China bets on electric vehicles

Chinese breaks put Volt behind rivals

Career Watch: IT hiring on rise in Rust Belt

GM to invest $2B in plants in 8 states$2B-in-plants-in-8-states

Manufacturing Stages A Comeback

High-tech auto grants may expand|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

GM and DTE Energy to announce 'major energy-based project' at Detroit-Hamtramck plant

Detroit / Urban Revitalization

Final draft of Detroit charter proposal includes City Council districts

Activists: Detroit streams, once turned into sewers, could have new life|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Bing's deficit proposal baffles: ‘Isn't a plan, it's a spreadsheet'

Unpaid taxes, utility bills put Russell Center owner, Flagstar in tussle

Model D Speaker Series: Urban Mobility

On the waterfront: Community life, blue and green economies spur growth in Jefferson East

Urban Centers Is Focus of Next AIA Detroit Urban Priorities Committee “Detroit By Design” Series

Detroit Works Project gives entrepreneurs their say

DUST urban sustainability series kicks off

Project to turn abandoned Detroit building into housing for homeless gets $1.9M HUD grant

Master activator: Tony Goldman envisions Detroit as "capital of the experimental"


Wyandotte homeowners get chance at geothermal energy|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

$2.8M for new train & bus station in Ann Arbor expected in today's high-speed rail announcement

State / National Policy & Politics

House, Senate out-cut Snyder: Less for film, brownfields proposed

Rescuing Detroit: No news about government’s good news

For the young, there’s a silver lining in the housing bust

Stabenow, Peters to tout federal 'green' vehicle research bill

Target 62 mpg: CAFE debate to reshape industry

Michigan Voters Love Transit; State Legislators, Not So Much

Michigan proceeds with caution on social media

Michigan offers grants for advanced lighting demo projects

Culture / Diversity

Arab Christians moving from Muslim communities

The color of philanthropy: Black donors often under the radar

An Australian property developer has been killed during an apparent dispute over rent

Celebrating Hispanic culture in Mexicantown

Sunday, May 8, 2011

2011-05-08 News


36 Hours in Detroit

Editorial: State must find new sources for transportation funding|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Detroit is more than a downsized auto industry

Transportation / Transit

Moroun: 2nd bridge span could take decade

Take A Ride

U.S. to bring money for high-speed rail to Michigan|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

LaHood expected to make high-speed rail announcement in Detroit

The Future of the US Rail System

Detroit / Urban Revitalization

Berman: Bing must dare to be bold to fix city in crisis

Opposing points of view: Innovative ideas, local commitment can revive Detroit|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Bing presents deficit plan to help avoid state takeover

Bing presents plan to cut Detroit deficit to City Council|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Detroit's budget deficit plan pegs recovery on savings in transportation, pension and health care costs

Detroit City Council balks at mayor's plan for deficit elimination|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Russell Industrial Center becomes haven for artists

Editorial: Bing should work with the City Council on a budget that cuts deeper than his proposal

Wurlitzer Building shedding bricks, poses threat, city says|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Gateway Park Mall developers owe $284,676 in back taxes, have a year to settle

Bridge to renovate Michigan train station

Detroit Eager to Clean Up Reputation

Nepotism rampant at Detroit libraries


As Wayne County commission promises hearings, Ficano insists no road funds misused

No horse racing at Pinnacle Race Course after financial woes

ALLEN PARK: Wayne County officials do not approve proposed money swap

Northville firm cited in nat'l award for innovative job creation

Hundreds of volunteer clean up 8 Mile in Detroit|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

The Good Word: Can auto rebound, Ford rebuild Dearborn’s tax base?

Metro Detroit home ownership plunges by 40,000

Census shows decline in Metro Detroit home ownership; is that a bad thing?

Business / Energy / Auto 2.0

Help Wanted on Factory Floor

Top 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Companies

10 Best Practices For Raising A VC Round

Tom Walsh: Sourcing work here is welcomed|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

DTE Energy eliminates subsidies for new solar panel installations owned by residents, businesses

Michigan venture capital event expands|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

State / National Policy & Politics

Senators call for more hydrogen fuel cell study

Carol Cain: Michigan jobs czar makes small business a priority

Economic development leaders say Michigan has framework in place for prosperous future

States Retain Business Levies

Why (Much of) Obama’s Transpo Plan Can Survive the GOP Knife

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

2011-05-04 News


Reorganizing Beyond the Beltway

A New Social Certification for Businesses; B the Change You Want to See

‘Made in America’: The Phrase that Will Save Small Business?

Business / Energy / Auto 2.0

Detroit is leading the way in igniting a green economy|head

Michigan manufacturing shores up nation's economy

Can’t Buy Me Love: Michigan Life Science Startups Best Cleantech In Cash, Not Attention

GE Intensifies Focus on Additive Manufacturing

Chinese investors still searching for U.S. welcome mat

Detroit / Urban Revitalization

Five Things You Should Know About Detroit

Mayor Dave Bing: It's a crucial week to balance Detroit's budget

Detroit's Burton Theatre closes

Detroit Soup dishes up money for creative grassroots projects

Discarded Detroit couches get pin-up treatment

Mayor Bloomberg has solution to immigration problem: Make them live in Detroit

Renaissance Center nears capacity for 1st time in history with Blue Cross Blue Shield move

Detroiters who never left question fairness of incentive program to lure back police officers

How to Solve the Detroit Dilemma


Report: Wayne County accused of spending millions in road funds on unrelated salaries

Millions in taxpayer road funds misspent, former Wayne County official, others allege

Formerly contaminated land in Trenton becomes park gateway

Transportation / Transit / Aerotropolis

Obstacles, funding questions plague Ann Arbor-Detroit rail line, but progress is being made, planners say

Could Detroit become the next Great Lakes cruise destination?

If you build it, will they come? Detroit hopes to lure cruise ships, tourists with new $21.5M port

Windsor hopes new Detroit terminal brings tourist dollars to this side of the river

World of Opportunities
Memphis in May about more than music, barbecue

Birmingham City Commissioner Honored for Transit Role

New Plan to Speed Security for Frequent Fliers

Matty Moroun will drop lawsuit if Windsor just lets Bridge Company do anything they want

State / National Policy & Politics

Online commentary: Michigan's brownfield, historic tax credits offer strong return on investment|topnews|text|Opinion

UAW hires Mary Beth Cahill as voice to Congress

Economic Policy Institute says NAFTA cost Michigan 43,600 jobs

Heading South: U.S.-Mexico trade and job displacement after NAFTA

Editorial: Root out the fraud

Sustainability / Smart Growth

11 U.S. cities honored as ‘walk-friendly’: Seattle ranks first (Ann Arbor)

Cities bet on transit stations to spur development

Why the ‘coming housing calamity’ shouldn’t have to be calamitous

Urban Development: Leaders Lead, But People Do the Planning

America's Environmental Garden Spot: Would You Believe Manhattan?,8599,2069319,00.html

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2011-05-03 News


Meet the 2011 class of 20 in their 20s

The Best Cities For Jobs


Millions in taxpayer road funds misspent, former Wayne County official, others allege,-former-wayne-county-official,-others-allege

Blue Cross Blue Shield welcomes first wave of its employees to RenCen

Blue Cross starts moving first of 3,000 employees into Renaissance Center

Hiring outlook 'optimistic' in Detroit

Detroit / Urban Revitalization

Detroit's exodus will continue without a revival,0,5830465.story

Bing ties fiscal fix to unity, sacrifice

Urban archeology unearths lost velodrome in Detroit

Talking about a more global Detroit: Model D Speaker Series in review

Detroiters say they should get something for staying

A lesson North Carolina can take from Detroit (!)

Grand Rapids crew brings West Michigan love to the D

Detroit shows real estate investor its art is in right place

Detroit enters $1 million competition to raise number of degree-holders

State Policy & Politics

Snyder sees emergency financial managers as failure to work together|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Business / Energy / Auto 2.0

SBA director plans statewide awareness campaign

Michigan venture capital industry made more gains in 2010, report shows

'The recession is a big challenge to electric cars' - film-maker Chris Paine

Innovation in Electric Vehicle Technology? Easy as A123

How Many Patents Does It Take to Reinvent the Automobile?

Transportation / Transit / Smart Growth / Sustainability

Hi-Tech Transportation

New development aims to make Detroit a popular port of call

Long Bus, Short Wait,28804,2026474_2026675_2069055,00.html

Housing preference analysis: we have too much large-lot housing, too little urban housing to meet demand

Dr. Grist’s four-part prescription for managing climate change

China Bets Big On High-Speed Rail