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
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation awarded three businesses, state development program grants .
General Motors announced it will invest more than 110 million dollars into a Bay City plant.
The investment will create 29 jobs and retain 67 more at the Bay City Powertrain plant. Continue reading
The American Welding Society predicts in 2020, there will be a major shortage of welding professionals in the country.
A $50,000 donation to Ferris State University is aimed at helping address the shortage. Continue reading
Although the farm has been approved by the Department of Environmental Quality, the anglers are still worried it poses a threat to the river.
The Michigan Municipal League’s Place Plan program is the catalyst for the proposed changes.
The CEO of Chemical Bank commented today on the pending merger between Chemical and Talmer Bancorp in southeast Michigan.
Chemical Bank is expected to merge with Talmer in late summer. Continue reading
Michigan ranks 28th in the nation for financial security – underemployment and low-wage jobs are prominent in the state’s economy.
That’s according to economic research company, CFED in Washington D.C. Continue reading
A $325-million project has been announced for Crawford County.
A Georgia company, ARAUCA has announced plans to begin manufacturing particleboard in Grayling. Officials say the factory will include the largest press in North America. Continue reading
Chase Bank has reached an agreement with Michigan and 47 other states to settle claims related to unlawful debt collection practices.
The total of the state-federal settlement is $136 million dollars, Michigan will receive $3 million of that money. Continue reading
The Legislature has approved budgets for the coming fiscal year.
The K-through-12 schools budget was enthusiastically endorsed by Republicans and Democrats. Every school district in the state will see a funding bump of $70 to $140 per student under the new K-through-12 budget the Legislature just sent to Governor Rick Snyder. Continue reading
A $54 billion plan to fund schools and state agencies through the next fiscal year has cleared the state Senate.
Nearly 400 residents in the UP voiced their opinions at a public hearing last night (Wed., Jan. 28) on a potentially record-setting land sale.
Boyne Resort is ready to invest millions into expansions at its resort for expansion. And they’re starting with sewer lines.
The new man in charge of how people from all over the world view Michigan has been on the move since assuming his duties.
Michigan agricultural officials met, this week, to discuss the future of trade with Cuba.
Fresh from his fifth state of the state address, Governor Rick Snyder announced today new opportunities to address the state’s skilled trades gap.
The largest municipal bankruptcy in US history has wrapped up, as Detroit exits emergency management.
The report estimates it will cost low-income families, or those making less than $61,530 annually, about $176,550 to raise a child from birth to age 18.
Water levels for the Great Lakes have been below average in recent years, but conservation officials say they are starting to see a return to normal. Continue reading
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.
More than 100 new jobs are expected to come to Cheboygan within the next year. Continue reading
New job opportunities are in store for residents in Gaylord. Continue reading