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Ford Invests $182M in Software Company to Advance Mobility, Driver-assist Technologies

After partnering with San Francisco-based Pivotal on an on-demand shuttle service and a digital platform offering mobility services, Ford Motor Co. announced is investing more than $182 million in the cloud-based software company to further enhance its software development capabilities.

U-M Report: Oakland County Sees Job Growth in High-wage Industries

Oakland County has added nearly 94,500 jobs in the past five years, and more than four in 10 of those jobs were in high-wage industries, say University of Michigan economists in their annual forecast released today.

Ford Fireworks Salute Detroit’s Progress, Bright Future of the City

The Ford Fireworks will return for its 58th year on June 27 with the theme, “Go Forward Detroit,” a salute to the progress and bright future the city. The show will include more than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects visible along the Detroit River.

New Exhibits on Food, Detroit Night Photography to Open at the DIA

The Detroit Institute of Arts has announced its upcoming exhibit lineup that includes a closer look at food monuments at festivals in Europe that began in the Renaissance era; how coffee became a daily ritual; and a photography exhibit of Detroit at night.

DNR Expects Good Trout Fishing Season in Great Lakes

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is forecasting a good season for lake trout fishing in the Great Lakes of Superior, Michigan, and Huron after its 2015 assessment and research of and the trout populations and status toward being self-sustaining.

U-M Researchers Study More Accurate, Safer Method of Dosing Drugs

University of Michigan researchers have developed a new technique to mimic the flow of medication through the kidneys, which could lead to more precise and safer dosing of drugs, including some potentially toxic medicines.

Trinity Health Creates $2M Challenge to Improve Health Care for Patients

As a way to generate ideas to improve care and reduce readmission rates for patients who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, Livonia-based Trinity Health will offer $2 million in grants to identify, fund, and implement new innovations in health care.

Ford Builds Mobile Wind Tunnel Testing System at Flat Rock Plant

Ford Motor Co. has built a mobile aeroacoustic wind tunnel at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant that uses a patent-pending test system allowing for sources of unwanted wind noise in early production vehicles to be identified faster.

Dow Automotive Develops New Bonding Method for Lightweight Vehicle Construction

Auburn Hills-based Dow Automotive Systems has added a new injection bonding technique to its composite bonding adhesive, which allows for more customizing capabilities and a wider application of carbon-fiber parts.

Report: Detroit’s Industrial Market Continues to Improve in 2016

While the average rent for industrial space in the first quarter this year rose more than 6 percent when compared to 2015 — at $4.50 per square foot — it needs to increase to $5 per square foot for developers to take on large-scale speculative construction, according to a metro Detroit industrial outlook report by JLL Detroit, an investment management firm.

BASF: Changes in Society, Technology Inspire Future Vehicle Paint Colors

The digitization of daily life will soon inspire new paint colors, with metallic blues, silver, and white hues becoming more popular, according to BASF in its annual automotive color trend report released today.

Music Venue, Restaurant El Club Opens in Southwest Detroit

El Club, an all-ages music venue, restaurant, and bar will open today in Southwest Detroit, offering a variety of shows, pizzas, and craft cocktails.

Sanders Adds 6 New Flavors to Ice Cream Line

Clinton Township-based Sanders has introduced six new flavors to its ice cream line, including mint chocolate chip, peanut butter cookie, and caramel latte.

Ford, FCA Report Modest Sales Increases in April; GM Sales Drop

Ford Motor Co. and FCA US LLC both reported single digit sales increases in April compared to the same month last year, due to an uptick in sales of SUVs and pickup trucks, while General Motors Co. posted a 4 percent decrease in sales.

Royal Oak’s Vectorform Provides Virtual Reality Headsets to Train DTE Workers

Line workers and technicians for Detroit-based DTE Energy will be trained on how to handle dangerous situations such as repairing downed high-voltage wires with the use of virtual reality headsets through a partnership with Royal Oak-based design and technology firm Vectorform.
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Stacking Up

Joe H. Schodowski, president and CEO of Shelving Inc. in Auburn Hills, sums up the company’s offerings succinctly: “We rack your world,” he says.

Fiber Wars

Internet companies are racing to provide ever-faster data speeds, but there’s a much larger economic opportunity — hyper quick connectivity is a proven business-attraction tool.

Virtual Anatomy

Researchers at the University of Michigan are taking the science of anatomy into the simulated 3-D world.

Left Behind

Recent news that the Detroit Public Schools are in a financial mess, compounded by buildings that are deteriorating and poorly maintained, is no surprise. The school system has been experiencing self-inflicted duress since the 1970s.


As more Americans approach their twilight years, a new, less invasive procedure for repairing faulty heart valves, called TAVR, offers patients a new lease on life. The only challenge is high costs limit its profitability.

Silver Bullet

If Indiana Jones ran an antiques store, it would be in downtown Rochester.

A Matter of Taste

After earning a business degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, Nick Ritts wanted to acquire an existing restaurant. He conducted a search, and settled on Terry’s Terrace in Harrison Township.

Academic Review

The University of Michigan sprang up in Detroit 1817, but the institution’s official seal had the incorrect founding date until 1929.

A Homecoming

Award-winning journalist and Detroit native David Maraniss had nearly given up on his hometown, until a car commercial cast things in a new light.

Lessons Learned

The Great Recession, and resulting private and public sector bankruptcies, served to hasten long-overdue cost-cutting and product rationalization in Michigan. The result is one of the state’s longest economic expansions on record.

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The Outside Media Opine on the Motor City

Let Syrians Settle Detroit

Source: The New York Times

Larry Page Looks Ahead

Source: Fortune

Detroit Homes Still Selling for $1

Source: The Daily Caller News Foundation

You Can Sell a Lot of Cars with a Tent

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

The Death and Life of Detroit

Source: The American Prospect

Matty Moroun, Detroit's Border Baron

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Women in a Man’s World

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Obama Pushes False GM Success Story

Source: Investors Business Daily

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