Category Archives: Economy

Traverse City Granted millions to develop near the Boardman River

Visitors and locals in Traverse City can expect to see a new boardwalk taking shape along the Boardman River.
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A new community improvement project is “Taking Root in Saginaw”

Photograph by Arielle Breen

Photograph by Arielle Breen


Mid Michigan has a new project in the works that aims to improve the quality of life in the region.

The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy was awarded $28,500 in grant money for a project they call “Taking Root in Saginaw”. Read more

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Northern Michigan gets $6 million for “Deep Freeze Fund”


Almost a dozen counties hit by strong winter weather now have the opportunity to apply for millions in infrastructure grant money.

Cold weather this past winter was strong enough to damage water and sewer mains for some areas of northern Michigan.

Officials said $6 million in grants are available to help eligible communities through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Read more

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$10.10/hour minimum wage petition shot down by state elections board

moneyA state elections board has rejected a petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
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Solar company plans to bring over 300 jobs to the Mid Michigan region


A Georgia-based solar company plans to bring over 300 jobs to the Mid Michigan region.

Officials said the solar manufacturing company, Suniva, has started construction of a new facility in Saginaw. Read more

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Henry Paulson tells Michigan to seek out Chinese investment

Paulson and Gov. Rick Snyder speak to reporters Monday at Ford Field in Detroit.

Paulson and Gov. Rick Snyder speak to reporters Monday at Ford Field in Detroit.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says foreign investment and immigration will be critical to turning around Michigan’s economy.
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New program has officials ‘dumpster diving’ to increase recycling

A new program has officials looking in the trash for clues on how to improve recycling in Michigan.

On July 17 the Department of Environmental Quality awarded a total of $250,000 in grant money to three organizations increase and improve recycling. Read more

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MI monthly jobless rate is 7.5 percent

moneyMichigan’s monthly unemployment rate remains unchanged at seven and a half percent, the rate has remained pretty much the same since March. Read more

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Mackinac Bridge toll increase delayed

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Good news for frequent commuters on the Mackinac Bridge: tolls will not go up for at least another two years.
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Kildee hopes to use repurposed federal funds to tackle commercial blight

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Congressman Dan Kildee is hoping to get the federal government to help foot the bill for tearing down abandoned commercial properties in Michigan’s cities.

The Flint Democrat says abandoned commercial properties can be a drag on entire neighborhoods, hurting property values and affecting quality of life.
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