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Somerset Collection in Troy Announces New Retailers, Expanded Shops and Restaurants

The Somerset Collection in Troy today announced it is adding 15 new stores over the next year, bringing nearly 60,000 square feet of new retail investment to the state. Additionally, several signature stores at Somerset Collection have experienced expansions and new line introductions. 

Bedrock to Invest $2.1B and Create 24K Jobs in Downtown Detroit

Detroit-based Bedrock, part of the Quicken Loans Family of Companies, today announced it will invest $2.1 billion in four large projects in downtown Detroit that will create up to 24,000 jobs — 15,000 construction positions and 9,000 jobs — once the redevelopment efforts are completed over the next five years.

University of Michigan Receives $50M Gift from Stephen Ross

Real estate developer and alumnus Stephen Ross today announced his latest donation to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ross’ gift of $50 million brings his lifetime giving total to $378 million. The latest gift will support career development programs for students, action-based learning experiences, and resources for attracting and developing junior faculty.

Auto Supplier Laird Opens $14.4M R&D Center in Grand Blanc           

London-based Laird, a global technology firm focused on vehicle connectivity, today opened a new R&D center in Grand Blanc. The new facility will serve Laird’s connected vehicle solutions division, which also operates R&D centers in Germany and China. 

Fred A. and Barbara M Erb Family Foundation Donate $1M to Detroit’s Motown Museum

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation today announced a $1 million gift to the Motown Museum to assist with expansion plans. The foundation’s donation will support the development of the museum’s education and community engagement space, which helps share Motown’s legacy with students, neighborhood residents, and visitors.

Huron Capital in Detroit Launches Brudner Polymer Corp. With ExecFactor Platform

Detroit-based Huron Capital has co-founded Brudner Polymer Corp. with David Brunori to build a platform company in the adhesives and sealants industry. Through Brudner, Huron Capital plans to invest in technologically advanced adhesive and sealant companies serving a variety of locations and end markets.

Detroit Officials: Tax Foreclosures Down 88 Percent in Past Two Years

City of Detroit and Wayne County officials today announced that tax foreclosures throughout Detroit have decreased 88 percent over the past two years, to their lowest levels since the housing market collapsed in Oct. 2008. This year, Detroit saw 786 tax foreclosures involving homes occupied by the owner, compared to 6,408 two years ago.

Report: Metro Detroit Home Sales Increase 3.1 Percent in August

Re/Max of Southeast Michigan has released its August housing report, which shows a 3.1 percent increase in home sales (5,234 homes sold) in the past month and a sale price increase of 4.2 percent to $202,063 as compared to the same period a year ago. There were 4,707 homes sold in July.

LG Chem in Troy, Proterra Co-Develop New Battery Cells for Heavy Duty Vehicles

LG Chem, a chemical engineering company that operates its North American headquarters in Troy, has collaborated with Proterra, a Calif.-based innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, on a battery cell optimized to meet the unique performance and safety demands of the heavy-duty vehicle market.

Greektown Casino-Hotel to become Jack Detroit Casino-Hotel by May 2018

Jack Entertainment, a Detroit-based gaming company, has announced the transition from Greektown Casino-Hotel to Jack Detroit Casino-Hotel will be completed by May 2018. Upon completion, the casino will offer new dining and entertainment experiences.

Washtenaw County Approves Proposal for Net-Zero Energy Home Community in Ann Arbor

Washtenaw County has approved Veridian at County Farm, an environmentally sustainable community of up to 150 residential homes on 12.5 acres of vacant, county owned land. The project is expected to break ground in 18 months and will take two to three years to complete, pending city rezoning and site plan approval.

PayAnywhere Offers Bluetooth Credit Card Readers at No Cost

Troy-based PayAnywhere, a mobile point-of-sale (POS) solution working to provide merchants with tools to grow their businesses today announced it will offer the PayAnywhere 2-in-1 Bluetooth Credit Card Reader at no cost to all business owners who use the service. The PayAnywhere card reader transforms any Apple or Android device into a mobile POS system and is available on both App stores.

Ford, Mahindra Explore Strategic Cooperation to Increase Profits in India

Ford Motor Co. and India-based Mahindra Group today agreed to explore a strategic alliance designed to leverage the benefits of Ford’s global reach and expertise and Mahindra’s scale in India and successful operating model. The agreement will allow each company to leverage their multiple strengths as the automotive industry continues to evolve.

NextGen Mapping Technology Co. Ushr Inc. in Detroit Secures $10M in Series A Funding

Ushr Inc., a Detroit-based creator and provider of high-definition mapping technology and software for autonomous vehicles, has received $10 million in Series A funding, commensurate with its spin-off from GeoDigital Inc. The investment was led by Forte Ventures with participation from EnerTech Capital, Emerald Technology Ventures, and GM Ventures.

Automotive Interiors Expo Coming to Novi Oct. 24-26

UKi Media and Events will be hosting its annual Automotive Interiors Expo at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi from Oct. 24-26. Organized by the publishers several international trade publications, the event will include more than 300 exhibitors, product demos, panel discussions, symposiums, and networking opportunities.
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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

Obama Pushes False GM Success Story

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The Death and Life of Detroit

Source: The American Prospect

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