Sunday, January 15, 2012

News from Detroit 1-15-12

FEATURED

How an Innovative Region Can Help Grow Your Business
http://www.areadevelopment.com/siteSelection/January2012/innovative-regions-help-grow-business-7725240.shtml

Michigan City Turns Down Millions of Dollars, Saying Federal Money Is Not Free
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/23/us/michigan-city-of-troy-led-by-tea-party-mayor-rejects-federal-dollars.html

Flashpoint: Consolidation and auto show tour
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/Flashpoint-Consolidation-and-auto-show-tour/-/1719418/8002264/-/a4wdayz/-/index.html

How to Become a Social Intrapreneur
http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/01/09/how-become-social-intrapreneur

10 Emerging Sustainable Cities to Watch in 2012
http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/01/top-10-sustainable-cities-2012/comment-page-1/

Urbanizing the Suburban Street
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2011/12/urbanizing-suburban-street/765/


MICHIGAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, POLICY, & POLITICS

Michigan business tax incentives get D+ in report (Rick Haglund column)
http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2011/12/michigan_business_tax_incentiv.html

It's Not All About The Big 3: To Kick-Start Michigan's Economy, Rick DeVos Invests In Art & Startups
http://www.fastcompany.com/1796681/rick-devos-is-crafting-a-collage-of-artists-entrepreneurs-and-supporters-to-kickstart-michig

Editorial: Michigan finally moves to get business right
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20111227/OPINION01/112270312/1008/Editorial-Michigan-finally-moves-get-business-right

Editorial: How Rick Snyder can maintain his momentum in 2012
http://www.freep.com/article/20120115/OPINION01/201150434/Editorial-How-Rick-Snyder-can-maintain-his-momentum-2012

Can an old auto plant come back to life? West Michigan community aims to try
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20120111/FREE/120119961

Snyder promises tweak to tax incentives
http://www.freep.com/article/20120110/BUSINESS03/120110046/Snyder-promises-tweak-tax-incentives?odyssey=mod|autoshowbreaking|text|FRONTPAGE

Gov. Rick Snyder's first year in office marked with victory, few defeats
http://www.freep.com/article/20120115/NEWS06/201150493/Gov-Rick-Snyder-s-first-year-in-office-marked-with-victory-few-defeats?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Rochelle Riley: Gov. Rick Snyder can expect some company at home on King Day Monday
http://www.freep.com/article/20120114/COL10/201140360/Rochelle-Riley-Gov-Rick-Snyder-can-expect-some-company-at-home-on-King-Day-Monday?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Opinion|p

Michigan needs productive ‘midlife crisis’
http://bridgemi.com/2012/01/michigan-needs-productive-midlife-crisis/#.TxNs8ErYepI

4 replacement members join Michigan Strategic Fund
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20111228/FREE/111229925

Michigan Starts Seed Fund for Collaborative IT Projects
http://www.govtech.com/budget-finance/Michigan-Starts-Seed-Fund-for-Collaborative-IT-Projects.html

Ron Dzwonkowski: Michigan showing more gray, no future in that
http://www.freep.com/article/20120101/COL32/201010589/Ron-Dzwonkowski-Michigan-showing-more-gray-no-future-in-that

State is 'dithering' away opportunities in green industry (Viewpoint)
http://www.mlive.com/opinion/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2011/12/state_is_dithering_away_opport.html


REGIONAL

A Detroit Suburb’s Rejection of Transit Funds Outrages Local Businesspeople
http://dc.streetsblog.org/2011/12/21/a-detroit-suburbs-rejection-of-transit-funds-outrages-local-businesspeople/

Mark Hackel praises Macomb County, regional cooperation
http://www.freep.com/article/20111207/NEWS04/111207065/Mark-Hackel-praises-Macomb-County-regional-cooperation?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Mark Hackel announces Macomb County ethics board picks
http://www.freep.com/article/20120113/NEWS04/120113047/Macomb-County-Mark-Hackel-ethics-board?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

HURON TWP: Township to play lesser role in Pinnacle foreclosure
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2012/01/14/news/doc4f11eab1cc356345560406.txt

Macomb County touts budget surplus for 2012
http://www.detnews.com/article/20111129/METRO03/111290450/1361/Macomb-County-touts-budget-surplus-for-2012

Business group cites progress on goals to boost Detroit regional economy
http://www.freep.com/article/20111213/BUSINESS06/112130340/Business-group-cites-progress-on-goals-to-boost-Detroit-regional-economy

Editorial: Oakland County, too, must relinquish light-rail dreams
http://www.freep.com/article/20120105/OPINION01/201050400/Editorial-Oakland-County-too-must-relinquish-light-rail-dreams?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Detroit an unlikely bright spot in national housing market
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/detroit-an-unlikely-bright-spot-in-national-housing-market/2011/12/28/gIQAGvNEPP_story.html

Hyundai will add 50 jobs after $15 million expansion to Washtenaw County technical center
http://www.annarbor.com/business-review/hyundai-to-add-50-jobs-in-15-million-expansion-of-ann-arbor-area-tech-center/

TRENTON: Road completed in Pinnacle Aeropark development
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2012/01/10/news/doc4f0c5c832c73b054217981.txt

Sustaining Ann Arbor’s Environmental Quality
http://annarborchronicle.com/2012/01/15/sustaining-ann-arbors-environmental-quality/

Detroit Residents' Stress Still Higher than Healthy
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/11/4179962/detroit-residents-stress-still.html#storylink=cpy

Op/Ed: We Need More From Mass Transit
http://farmington-mi.patch.com/articles/op-ed-we-need-more-from-mass-transit


DETROIT

Despite progress, vacant buildings dot downtown
http://detnews.com/article/20111205/BIZ/112050329/Despite-progress--vacant-buildings-dot-downtown

KEYS TO DETROIT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKKrDLqyGjE&feature=share

Guest commentary: Detroit needs a long-term economic growth plan
http://www.freep.com/article/20111229/OPINION05/112290401/Guest-commentary-Detroit-needs-a-long-term-economic-growth-plan

In a Detroit fire sale, assets might not prove worth much
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20120112/STAFFBLOG04/120119939

Downtown Detroit's Big Booster
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/01/downtown-detroits-big-booster/932/

Dan Gilbert's Detroit Real Estate Deals Mark Ambitious Development Plan
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/06/dan-gilbert-detroit-real-estate_n_1186321.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

Detroit Works debuts city-engagement project with energy, enthusiasm
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20111220/OPINION03/112200358/1409/METRO/Detroit-Works-debuts-city-engagement-project-energy-enthusiasm

Patent Office plans to open Detroit branch by July
http://www.freep.com/article/20120112/BUSINESS06/201120556/Patent-Office-plans-to-open-Detroit-branch-by-July

Stories of Innovation and Hope in the Motor City
http://dowser.org/stories-of-innovation-and-hope-in-the-motor-city/

At Detroit Food Bank, Founders Are Gone, but a Mission Endures
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/us/at-detroit-food-bank-founders-are-gone-but-mission-endures.html

Looking Up, Detroit Faces a New Crisis
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/24/us/detroit-budget-crisis-may-lead-to-outside-manager.html

Detroit City Charter's New Green Initiatives Raise Questions About Funding, Implementation
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/02/detroit-city-charter-green-initiatives-sustainable-technologies_n_1171670.html


TRANSPORTATION / TRANSIT

Ann Arbor and Michigan could learn a lesson from Europe on high-speed trains
http://www.annarbor.com/news/opinion/ann-arbor-and-michigan-could-learn-a-lesson-from-europe-on-high-speed-trains/

Can light rail and bus rapid transit coexist on Woodward? The devil will be in the details
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/01/can_light_rail_and_bus_rapid_t.html

Detroit Light Rail Scaled Back To Streetcar
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/09/detroit-light-rail-streetcar_n_1195254.html

In Madrid’s Heart, Park Blooms Where a Freeway Once Blighted
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/27/arts/design/in-madrid-even-maybe-the-bronx-parks-replace-freeways.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

Detroit to Reconsider Light-Rail Line
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203471004577145292642855770.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Aerotropolis searches for dollars, stability
http://bridgemi.com/2011/12/aerotropolis-searches-for-dollars-stability/

2011's Biggest Transportation Failures
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2011/12/2011s-biggest-transportation-failures/809/

Mapping Detroit's future: Critical mass transit imagined
http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/criticalmasstransit1211.aspx

2012 CES: Benz’s Dr. Z Says Future is ‘Auto-Mobility,’ Not Automated Driving
http://wot.motortrend.com/2012-ces-benzs-dr-z-says-auto-mobility-is-the-future-automated-driving-isnt-156609.html

Southeast Michigan Regional Transportation Authority, Light Rail Efforts Making Progress
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/13/regional-transport-authority-light-rail-detroit_n_1145999.html

Commentary: Transportation key to young staying in state
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20111215/OPINION01/112150344/1008/opinion01/Commentary-Transportation-key-young-staying-state

Why trains are important (even for car guys)
http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/blogs/why-trains-are-important-even-for-car-guys

Innovate or Be Overtaken, Energy Secretary Tells Automakers
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-11/innovate-or-be-overtaken-u-s-energy-secretary-tells-automakers.html

Three Cities, Three Tales of Tenuous Transit Plans
http://www.forbes.com/sites/markbergen/2012/01/11/three-cities-three-tales-of-tenuous-transit-plans/

Plans for high-speed rail are slowing down
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/plans-for-high-speed-rail-are-slowing-down/2012/01/13/gIQAngYc1P_story.html

Freakonomics Quorum: Can Amtrak Ever Be Profitable?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/stephensmith/2012/01/05/freakonomics-quorum-can-amtrak-ever-be-profitable/


BUSINESS / AUTO

From Vacant to Vibrant
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/business/developers-revive-closed-auto-plants.html?_r=2&hpw

Detroit in High Gear
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2012/01/detroit-in-high-gear/

Little Engines of Creativity, Spinning Freely in the Motor City
http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/09/little-engines-of-creativity-spinning-freely-in-the-motor-city/

Ohio, Missouri govs court auto industry for investment
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120113/AUTO01/201130339/1121/auto01/Ohio--Missouri-govs-court-auto-industry-for-investment

Work, Reimagined: Detroit Gets Creative
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zak-rosen/work-reimagined-detroit-g_b_1197988.html

The New Start-up Scene: From Silicon Strip to Silicon Mitten
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dailymuse/2011/12/19/the-new-start-up-scene-from-silicon-strip-to-silicon-mitten/

Detroit Regional Chamber launches initiative to attract automotive business to Michigan
http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/2012/01/detroit_chamber_creates_group.html

Revitalized Detroit Makes Bold Bets on New Models
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204257504577148702161922854.html

Editorial: The star of the auto show -- fuel economy
http://www.freep.com/article/20120113/OPINION01/201130347/Editorial-The-star-of-the-auto-show-fuel-economy

Obama touts 'Outsource to Detroit'
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120111/POLITICS03/201110410/1001/BIZ/Obama-touts-Outsource-Detroit-

Biz, communities see electric-car charging stations as positive move
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20120101/SUB01/301019996/biz-communities-see-electric-car-charging-stations-as-positive-move

The Future of Car Tech: Efficiency, Automation, and Sharing
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/01/the-future-of-car-tech-efficiency-automation-and-sharing/251357/

Coming to Terms With Today’s Supply Chain Challenges
http://www.areadevelopment.com/logisticsInfrastructure/January2012/suuply-chain-logistics-terminology-62625421.shtml


CITIES / SUSTAINABILITY

Green City Diaries: The journey begins now
http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/greencity112.aspx

Questioning the Rust-Belt-Cities-as-Laboratories Concept
http://rustwire.com/2012/01/13/questioning-the-rust-belt-cities-as-laboratories-concept/

The Case for Congestion
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2011/12/case-congestion/717/

The Best, and Worst, News For U.S. Cities In 2011
http://www.forbes.com/sites/markbergen/2011/12/23/the-best-and-worst-news-for-u-s-cities-in-2011/

Cities look to philanthropy as economic development tool
http://www.michiganradio.org/post/cities-look-philanthropy-economic-development-tool

'Cool cities' still a valid idea (Rick Haglund column)
http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/01/cool_cities_still_a_valid_idea.html

Warning of Urban Sprawl...in 1959
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/housing/2011/12/warning-urban-sprawl-1959/824/

Great Ideas for Senior-Friendly Communities
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-best-life/2012/01/12/great-ideas-for-senior-friendly-communities

6 Signs that Mark the Path to Sustainable Road Design
http://www.environmentalleader.com/2012/01/05/6-signs-that-mark-the-path-to-sustainable-road-design/


WAYNE COUNTY

Longtime Detroit Port Authority board member Art Blackwell leaving
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/investigations/Longtime-Detroit-Port-Authority-board-member-Art-Blackwell-steps-down/-/1719314/7800740/-/13yeplk/-/index.html

Group: 40 Wayne County retirees make $100K or more in pensions
http://detnews.com/article/20111207/METRO/112070418/Group--40-Wayne-County-retirees-make-$100K-or-more-in-pensions

Former personnel director testifies Elder approved Mullin's severance
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/wayne_county/former-personnel-director-testifies-elder-approved-mullins-severance

Wayne Co. rotten with cronyism
http://detnews.com/article/20111201/OPINION03/112010331/1008/Wayne-Co.-rotten-with-cronyism

Ficano's former top deputy alleges severance cover-up
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120113/METRO01/201130378/1409/METRO/Ficano-s-former-top-deputy-alleges-severance-cover-up

Elder promised $300,000 severance, sues Wayne County; says Ficano was not truthful
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/azzam-elder-sues-wayne-county-and-his-former-boss-robert-ficano-over-his-termination

Mullin demands retraction, new lawsuit could be in the works
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/mullin-demands-retraction-new-lawsuit-could-be-in-the-works#ixzz1jZsPVw4s

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