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Oakland County Delivers $893M Budget Recommendation, Property Taxes May be Lowered

L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County executive, today delivered his three-year, balanced budget recommendation with a five-year outlook to the Board of Commissioners. The total budget recommendation is about $893.3 million, and the county may lower property taxes to 4 mills in 2020, when it is projected that the Headlee rollback calculation will dip below the county’s current rate of 4.04 mills.

Michigan Dealer Jay Feldman to Open Ohio Chevrolet Dealership with Actor Mark Wahlberg

Hollywood actor, producer, and businessman Mark Wahlberg is partnering with Chevrolet dealer Jay Feldman, who owns and operates eight dealerships in metro Detroit and Lansing, to launch Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet in Columbus, Ohio.

Maker Faire Detroit to Return to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The ninth annual Maker Faire Detroit, a festival that will feature Tesla Coils, robots, rockets, virtual reality, 3-D printing, handmade crafts, life-size sculptures, hands-on activities, and demonstrations, will return July 28-29 to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Ann Arbor’s U-M to Offer Course on Leadership Principles

Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan Ross School of Business Wednesday announced the launch of a 20-week course designed to equip leaders with the tools to learn and execute high-impact leadership principles, including positive leadership, talent management, and follow-through.

FIAT Brand Announces New Chrome Appearance Groups for Fiat 500L and 500X Models

FIAT announced Wednesday two new Chrome Appearance Groups for its 2018 Fiat 500L and 500X models. Both the Fiat 500L Chrome Appearance Group and Fiat 500X Satin Appearance Groups are available in FIAT dealerships now.

Detroit’s WildFire Launches to Incentivize User Referrals with Cross-App Virtual Currency

WildFire, a user growth platform and referral network in Detroit that helps apps spread, launched Wednesday. Built by games industry veteran Ken Johnson, WildFire provides a new method for app developers to get noticed in a convoluted app marketplace.

Highland Park-based Antique Touring Offers Sightseeing Tours in a Ford Model A

Antique Touring, a company based in Highland Park, today announced it has launched Detroit’s first-ever sightseeing tours in a Ford Model A. The two-hour tours depart from the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant museum at 461 Piquette St. and take guests on a scenic ride through Belle Isle.

Bloomfield Hills’ Cranbrook Institute of Science to Host Interactive Da Vinci Exhibition

The Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills will host “Da Vinci Machines and Robotics,” an exhibition about the Italian Renaissance through the works of Leonardo da Vinci. The exhibition is presented by PNC Bank.

Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons to Use Mobile Ticketing as Primary Entry Method

The Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons today announced they will use Ticketmaster’s mobile ticketing as their primary method of entry for all home games at Little Caesars Arena, starting with the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Novi’s Lineage Logistics Receives $700M Investment

Lineage Logistics in Novi, a provider of temperature-controlled supply-chain solutions, today announced the $700 million acquisition of a significant minority ownership interest in the company.

Grand Rapids’ Meijer to Transition to LED Lighting by 2021

Grand Rapids-based Meijer announced Tuesday it plans to transition the interior lighting of all of its retail locations to LED by 2021 as part of its ongoing effort to increase sustainability. The company expects the change will reduce its lighting electrical use by as much as 50 percent annually.

Ann Arbor’s Swift Biosciences Introduces Swift 2S Turbo Library Kit to Boost Genome Research

Swift Biosciences, an Ann Arbor-based provider of library prep solutions for next-generation sequencing, today announced early access to its Swift 2S Turbo Library Kit, which offers fast, robust enzymatic fragmentation prep and flexible adapter options to produce high-quality libraries for production-scale genome sequencing.

Governor Rick Snyder, Canadian Officials Break Ground on Gordie Howe International Bridge

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Amarjeet Sohi, Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, today broke ground on the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

Detroit’s Vehicle Subscription Service Mobiliti Acquires Condor Detroit

Detroit’s Mobiliti, a national multi-dealer, multi-brand vehicle subscription service, today announced it has acquired Condor Detroit, a vehicle subscription company. The deal means southeast Michigan will be the fourth U.S. market where Mobiliti is operating.

HBPO in Troy Plans for Double-Digit Growth Rates with Assembly Plant in Michigan

Troy’s HBPO plans to expand its North American operations due in part to a growing demand from electric- and autonomous-vehicle manufacturers. The company expects to add an assembly plant in Michigan and double employment in North America within the next four years.
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Hot Lap

How do you prepare 20,000 meals over three days during the Detroit Grand Prix?

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Style and Rhythm

Detroiter Wendy Hilliard was the first African-American rhythmic gymnast to compete as a member of the U.S. national team. Now her foundation is providing free and low-cost gymnastics training in Detroit.

Q&A: Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas is a co-founder of Fontinalis Partners, a venture capital firm in downtown Detroit focused exclusively on investing in technology companies that improve next-generation mobility.

Pace and Pivot

Boyne Resorts is opening up the game of golf like never before.

Forgotten Harvest 2.0

The food services agency in Oak Park is turning to technology to boost deliveries.

Sherlock “Homes”

A trio of former OnStar developers introduces a home-monitoring device.

Line of Flight

A longer runway at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, new golf courses and wineries, upgraded resorts, and revamped marketing campaigns are attracting more tourism in northern Michigan.

Water Mark

A luxury condominium and mixed-use development in Detroit’s Midtown district is the first outside the city’s downtown core and riverfront.

Open Skies

SkySpecs in Ann Arbor is one of the first companies to automate drone inspections.

Freemason of Detroit

George D. Mason’s architectural practice gave form to Detroit in the early high-rise era.

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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

Obama Pushes False GM Success Story

Source: Investors Business Daily

The Death and Life of Detroit

Source: The American Prospect

Matty Moroun, Detroit's Border Baron

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