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Report: Metro Detroit Sees Third Best Start for New Housing Permits in the First Quarter Since 2006

The first quarter was the third-best start for new housing permits in the area since 2006, according to a report released today compiled by the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan in Farmington Hills, and reported in the HBA Southeastern Michigan Residential Building Activity Report.

Ada-based Amway Partners with Global Leader In Microbiome Testing to Boost Human Health

Amway, based in Ada, Mich., announced a new strategic partnership for research and development with Microbiome Insights, a global leader in microbiome testing.

Swift Biosciences in Ann Arbor Releases Cancer NGS Panels to Identify Variants Within Cancer Genes

Swift Biosciences in Ann Arbor has announced the commercial release of its Accel-Amplicon Plus Cancer NGS Panels, a suite of nine tumor-specific and focused gene panels to facilitate targeted cancer sequencing.

CarbonTV in Southfield to Operate Under Sole Ownership, Redesign Coming in 2018

Southfield’s CarbonTV, a global leader in offering OTT outdoor, online streaming content via a dedicated website, is now under the sole ownership of David Farbman, founder of Carbon Media Group. The change comes with a redesign launch that is expected in late summer.

Ladies Apparel Store Capricious in Grosse Pointe Reopens Following Renovation

Capricious, a women’s clothing and accessory store in Grosse Pointe, has reopened after a renovation and expansion. The 3,800-square-foot store at 74 Kercheval Ave. has also expanded its offerings to include apparel.

Dow in Midland Partners with California’s Scooper Cat to Produce Ammonia-Blocking Litter

California’s Scooper Cat has launched litter featuring PRIVENTZ Ammonia Prevention Technology, a product of Midland’s The Dow Chemical Co. The litter is designed to minimize ammonia exposure to cats.

Novi’s Omron Foundation Donates $1M to UM-Dearborn’s Engineering Lab Building

The University of Michigan-Dearborn today announced a gift of $1 million from the Omron Foundation Inc. in Novi to establish the Omron Robotics and Human Factors Lab in the university’s new Engineering Lab Building. The foundation also created the Omron Endowed Scholarship in Electrical Engineering.

Detroit Economic Growth Corp. Names Kevin Johnson as President and CEO

Detroit Economic Growth Corp., a quasi-public development agency, today announced it has appointed Kevin Johnson as president and CEO.

EPA Approves Troy’s Kansai Paint Group’s Anti-mosquito Paint

Kansai Paint Group, which has its American headquarters in Troy, today announced its anti-mosquito paint has been granted approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The interior-use paint contains a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide and has been shown to significantly reduce the presence of mosquitoes in painted areas.

Macomb Township’s Tooling Tech Group Acquires Century Tool Group

Tooling Tech Group in Macomb Township today announced the acquisition of Century Tool Group, which includes Century Tool and Gage in Fenton and CTG Bel-Kur Automation in Temperance.

eBay CEO Devin Wenig Elected to GM Board Of Directors

Detroit-based General Motors Co. today announced the election of eBay president and CEO Devin Wenig to its board of directors.

Coopersville’s Mac’s Trax Inc. Partners with Grand Rapids-area’s Milrem Robotics to Develop Unmanned Propane Tank Hauler

Mac’s Trax Inc. in Coopersville has announced it has contracted Milrem Robotics, a Grand Rapids-area-based developer of smart unmanned robotic systems, to develop an unmanned propane tank hauler.

Dearborn’s Ford Announces Launch of Non-emergency Medical Transportation to Beaumont Facilities

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn has announced the launch of GoRide, the company’s non-emergency medical transportation service for southeast Michigan. The program will cover more than 200 facilities within the Beaumont Health network.

OPS Solutions in Wixom, Maker of Light Guide Systems, Opens Headquarters in the Czech Republic

Wixom-based OPS Solutions, which developed an augmented reality tool called Light Guide Systems, has announced a new European headquarters in the Czech Republic.

Detroit-based Lambert, Edwards, and Associates Acquires Blicksilver Public Relations in New York

Lambert, Edwards, and Associates, a public relations, investor relations, and communications agency in downtown Detroit, today announced it has acquired Owen Blicksilver Public Relations Inc. in New York City. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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By the Numbers

Jeffrey Sachs grew up in Oak Park, then made his mark as an economist and director of Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development in New York City.

Back from the Dead

Battery Solutions in Howell recycles spent batteries with startling efficiency.

Celebrating Millennials

Stereotypes about younger workers abound, but they’re really not all that different.

Factory of Prosperity

A nonprofit organization in Detroit is transforming unused school facilities into business and community ecosystems.

No Vacancy

The region’s apartment sector is surging, having recovered from the 2008 global financial crisis and Detroit’s successful run through bankruptcy in 2014.

Friend Robot

For the next three years, the hugely popular FIRST Robotics competition will be held in Detroit.

PDA: Q&A Peter J. Ginapolis

The E-Interview Peter J. Ginapolis, Vice President, LSG Insurance Partners, Bloomfield Township

Splitting the Pot

Detroit’s three casinos, along with land-based operations outstate, are facing growing competition from the Michigan Lottery and its exclusive offering of online gaming options.

Huron-to-Erie Corridor

The region’s water economy, stretching from the southern end of Lake Huron to the northern tip of Lake Erie, is a major economic generator — but more marketing efforts could drive expenditures for fishing, boating, and charters even further.

Beacons of Commerce

In the 19th century, lighthouse construction helped Great Lakes shipping flourish.

Lead Right

A former boxer retires to pursue his main event in the corporate staffing industry.

Clean Break

For Brian Pour, the recent formation of auto supplier Auria Solutions in Southfield served as a homecoming.

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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

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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