The open house will showcase vacant properties of all sizes available for purchase or lease.
Cloverland Electric customers in the UP could receive refunds totalling millions of dollars from a power plant in Marquette.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been looking into allegations the Presque Isle Power Plant over- charged customers. Continue reading
A five-year freeze on Blue Cross Blue Shield Legacy Medigap rates will expire at the end of the year.
Starting in January, Medigap insurance holders could see increases ranging from 48 dollars to 177 dollars per month – depending on individual circumstances. Continue reading
Some northern Michigan businesses are having trouble finding enough workers during the busy summer tourism season.
Even in July, many tourism related businesses are still searching for seasonal employees. And part of the problem may be that fewer young people are staying in northern Michigan over the summer.
Jane Butzier is the operations manager for Northwest Michigan Works. She said it’s a year-round problem, but is heightened during summer.
“There is all the tourism and seasonal employment. So that requires probably more of a younger workforce. The young families and the people who are trying to make this their home, and have families here, need more typically than seasonal employment. So again it’s tapping that younger workforce that we don’t have much of.”
Butzier said she’s been seeing problems like this, especially during the summer, for the last three years.
Michigan and China have a larger trading relationship than many consumers know. In the past decade, Michigan exports to China have grown by over 200 percent… and the state wants to see that number increase even more.
Officials with the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said, Chinese consumers like Michigan dairy products and cherries, and they hope to introduce more Michigan products to Chinese distributors.
Jamie Zmitko-Somers is the International Marketing Program Manager for the department. She said the trade mission aims to represent all Michigan companies.
“This would be for any Michigan companies looking to further their exports into the Chinese market or break into the China market for the first time. So it could be smaller companies or larger companies as well.”
Zmitko-Somers said, the trade mission is planned for this upcoming November. Companies interested in participating can find a link to the application at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/China-Company_profile_form_528113_7.pdf
This past year showed the highest level of growth in the sector with nearly 700,000 people employed in the state.
Governor Rick Snyder traveled to a middle school in Oakland County to sign the education budget for the coming fiscal year. He approved it despite questions over a provision that sends money to private and religious schools.
The goal of the new roadmap is to increase our region’s competitiveness and efficiency in the production of clean energy.
The Kids Count Data Book shows Michigan ranks 31st for overall child well being.
The data look at economic well being, education, and health. Continue reading
Michigan and the province of Ontario are negotiating a strategy to boost trade opportunities in the region.
The national gas price average is two-dollars and thirty -six-cents a gallon. That’s almost forty cents less than what we were paying a year ago.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation awarded three businesses, state development program grants .
Local governments say their taxpayers will benefit from state Court of Appeals ruling. It deals with a property tax break loophole for big box retailers.
Michigan’s new monthly jobless rate is unchanged at four-point-eight percent.
There’s less money than expected for Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature to put together the next state budget. There’s also a shortfall in the current fiscal year.