January 2009

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U.S. Chamber President and CEO Outlines Plan to Revitalize the Economy

In a speech at the Detroit Economic Club today, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue told business leaders that implementing the stimulus bill, reviving key industries, restoring credit and confidence, and resisting isolationism are among the key steps to revitalizing the economy.

Governor's Budget Includes Some, But Not Enough Reform To Meet Michigan's Fiscal Changes

Detroit Renaissance, a private, non-profit leadership organization dedicated to accelerating the region’s economic growth, issued the following statement today regarding Governor Granholm’s proposed 2010 budget.

Brasco International awarded contract in the state of Utah

Detroit based Brasco International has been awarded a five year agreement by the Utah Transit Authority located in Salt Lake City, Utah

Shades Optical Celebrating 20 Years of Culture, Advanced Eye Care and Cutting-Edge Eyewear

What down economy? Shades Optical, Michigan’s leading purveyor of quality eyewear and prescription lenses, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and its sales and customer loyalty are stronger than ever.

SDE Vendor Managed Solutions Wins Three Contracts for MRO Products and Services

SDE Vendor Managed Solutions, Inc. (SDE), a Michigan-based provider of integrated MRO and vendor management services, has been awarded three contracts that apply the company’s industry-leading procurement and management programs across multiple industries.

ESD/USGBC Present: First time in Detroit- Greening the Heartland Conference

For the first time ever, The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) and the Detroit Regional Chapter of the US Green Building Council will present Greening the Heartland Conference

USCAR collaborative research speeds aerodynamic efficiency gains

Exceptional aerodynamics have long been credited with significantly increasing a vehicle’s fuel economy in addition to providing a quieter, more comfortable ride with less driver fatigue.

Michigan Bioscience Industry—A Major Economic Bright Spot

With Michigan in the midst of serious economic trouble, the bioscience industry is bringing new hope to Michigan’s economy.

Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center settle dispute over compensation for physician services

The Wayne State University Physician Group and the Detroit Medical Center today announced an agreement that resolves a year-old funding dispute

The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Officially Opens Two Contemporary New Concepts in Dining

The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center has officially opened two exciting new dining destinations — forty-two degrees north and Volt.

Agreement to Integrate Asterand's Database with Biowisdom's Platform Announced

Asterand and BioWisdom Announce Agreement to Integrate Asterand’s Quantitative Human Gene Expression Database with BioWisdom’s Integrated Discovery Platform

New Detroit Tigers' Campaign Celebrates Personal Memories

Three words connect the past, present and future of Detroit Tigers baseball in a new campaign celebrating the team’s rich heritage.

Strategic Staffing Solutions marks 19 consecutive years of growth

Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3), the Detroit-based global information technology services company, reported today earning $160 million in revenue for 2008, marking its 19th consecutive year of growth.

Michigan’s Best Engineer of the Year Selected

After careful consideration, The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) and its Affiliate Council have selected the recipient of the 2009 Gold Award.

Latitude Reports Impressive Results in 2008; Increased Momentum in 2009

Latitude (www.latitudecg.com),a technology consultancy delivering enterprise performance improvement, learning management, web portal, and business intelligence solutions to Fortune 1000 companies, today announced details of its 2008 results and plans for expanded service offerings in 2009.

Metro-Detroit Creative Company, Mackevision, Relocates to Ferndale

Following a year of continued growth, Mackevision, a premier 3D visualization company, recently relocated its North American office to Ferndale, Mich.

Patterson Blends Realism with Optimism In 2009 State of the County Address

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was upbeat but realistic in delivering his Annual State of the County Address to a packed auditorium of invited guests at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy tonight.

The National Summit Begins Registration

The Detroit Economic Club (DEC) announced that participant registration for The National Summit began online today at www.nationalsummit.org.

Milestone Arranges Financing for Book-Cadillac Hotel Parking Structure

Milestone Realty Services, Inc. secured $12.3 million in financing for the acquisition of a newly constructed parking facility serving the Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit’s central business district.

The Engineering Society of Detroit Launches the ESD Institute

For the first time in its 114-year history The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) is solidifying its role in Michigan by launching the ESD Institute.

Michigan Firm’s New Software and Services Program Helps Cities Maintain Properties Amid Residential Foreclosure Crisis

Lenny Schafer of Michigan-based Landscape Services, Inc. (LSI), knows his business’ newest offering may have a limited lifespan and he’s fine with that knowledge.

Former NBA player Tim McCormick Teams Up with Checkmate Associates

Former NBA player, Tim McCormick, has teamed up with Checkmate Associates President, Debbie Scartozzi, and together they are leading companies through a business optimization boot camp.

Detroit Renaissance Praises Sen. Bishop and Sen. Jelinek for Keeping Focus on Budget

Detroit Renaissance, a private, non-profit leadership organization dedicated to accelerating the region’s economic growth, urges legislators to focus on budget reform instead of relying on money from the federal stimulus bill to provide a one-time patch to the budget.

BERLINE’s B-DIGITAL Division Announces New Major Assignments

BERLINE, a leader in advertising, marketing communications and public relations, is pleased to announce growth in its B-DIGITAL division

Affiliation Between CM&D and BT&T

Van Conway, President of Conway MacKenzie, Inc. (“CM&D”) and Alan Tilley, Principal of Bryan Tappy & Tilley (“BT&T”), are pleased to announce that the two firms have entered into an exclusive affiliation to provide international turnaround and restructuring services to both US and European based companies.

Grubb & Ellis Company Represents Landlord in Lease of 114,995-Square-Foot Manufacturing Build

Grubb & Ellis Company (NYSE:GBE), a leading real estate services and investment firm, today announced that it represented C & Son LLC in the long-term lease of 51400 Bellestri Court in Shelby Township to Models & Tools Inc.

Boyne Mountain First in State to Install Entergize Energy Control System

Boyne Mountain Resort has installed a revolutionary system that controls energy consumption in unoccupied hotel rooms of the resort’s Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa accommodations. The Lodge is the first hotel in the state to use Entergize, which is expected to reduce energy use by up to 40%.

Survey: 46% of Midwest Bankers Say They are Interested in Participating in TARP Capital Purchase Program

Not too surprisingly, a vast majority of bankers (88%) in the Midwest have a pessimistic (very or somewhat) outlook for the national economy in 2009

Building Industry Association Announces 2009 Executive Committee

Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan (BIA) has announced its 2009 Executive Committee.

CruiseCam International Board of Directors Approves Stock Dividend Distribution to All Qualified Shareholders

CruiseCam International, Inc. (Pink Sheets:CCMC) is pleased to announce that the board of directors of the company have approved a Stock Dividend Distribution to all shareholders of record as of May 15, 2009.

ESD Helps Engineers & Technical Professionals Explore Alternative Careers

As the automotive industry continues to struggle, more engineers and technical professionals are looking for ways to transfer their skills to new industries.

Atlas Oil Company Hires to Accommodate Retail Growth

Atlas Oil Company, having recently expanded its retail fuel locations by 80 sites in less than five months, brought on Eric Moyer as District Retail Manager for its Indiana Southern Region in August of 2008.

Atlas Oil Company Hires More Professionals to Expand its Growth and Green Efforts

Don Jensen and Greg Bower joined Atlas Oil Company in October of 2008; Jenson as Vice President of Supply and Bower as Bio-Fuels Business Development Director.

Peter Tchoryk of Windsight Wins ACE ‘09 Elevator Pitch Competition

The ninth Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship took place January 22, attracting record attendance of over 500 attendees from across the Great Lakes region to an event that is fast becoming a premier gathering for the region’s entrepreneurial community.

Quicken Loans Makes Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work for List" for 6th Consecutive Year

Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender, has been named to FORTUNE Magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” list for the sixth consecutive year.

Business Community Calls on Elected Officials in Lansing to Enact Budget Reforms Now

Today, leaders of Michigan’s top business organizations urged Gov. Granholm and legislators to pass long-term, structural reforms and spending cuts as they prepare to begin work on the 2009 state budget.

Medtipster.com Launches New Online Prescription Price Comparator and Healthcare Search Engine to Save Americans Billions

Today medtipster.com announced the launch of their new online healthcare search and price comparator designed to transform the landscape of American healthcare.

Plante & Moran Named to Fortune Magazine's List of "100 Best Companies to Work For" for 11th Consecutive Year

Plante & Moran, PLLC, the nation’s 12th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm, has been named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the 11th consecutive year.

Miller Canfield Climate Change Attorney Sees Opportunity in Expected Economic Recovery Package

Mark J. Bennett, senior counsel at the law firm of Miller Canfield and leader of the firm's Climate Change Practice Team, will be speaking throughout the U.S. on various climate change-related topics in the first few months of 2009 with a focus on the expected federal economic stimulus package in the climate change area.

CrimeCog Technologies, Inc. Acquires DDP Police Service, Inc.

CrimeCog Technologies, Inc. (CrimeCog) of Ann Arbor, Michigan announced today it has finalized the transaction to purchase DDP Police Services of Gladwin, Michigan.

24grille Offers Fine Dining with a Casual Attitude at the Westing Book Cadillac Detroit - Opens January 21

Overlooking Michigan Avenue and steps away from the Westin Book Cadillac motor lobby, 24grille is the newest addition to Detroit’s restaurant scene and opens for dinner on Wednesday, January 21.

Oakland County Beefs Up Web Site Security for Online Payments

Oakland County has implemented stronger security for its eCommerce online services, reinforcing its already advanced protections of citizens’ confidential online data.

Building Owners and Managers Association Elects New Board Officers

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Metropolitan Detroit (BOMA) inducted a new leadership team January 1, 2009, and elected new officers on January 6, 2009.

Verizon Wireless Invests Nearly $115.7 Million in 2008 to Enhance Michigan Network

Verizon Wireless announced today it invested nearly $115.7 million in 2008 to enhance its digital network in Michigan.

Webasto Roof Systems Inc. Continues Their Carbon Footprint Reduction Program with the Help of Amerisource Industrial Supply

Webasto Roof Systems Inc. Rochester Hills Assembly and Livonia Stamping / Roof Preparation facilities are aggressively pursuing a program to reduce their carbon footprint and help improve their impact on the environment.

Wayne County backs TechTown with $750,000 grant for construction

The Wayne County Land Bank has awarded TechTown a $750,000 grant for construction of TechOne, its first business incubator facility.

Cooley to Offer New Advanced Corporate Law and Finance Degree

New program will make Cooley the only law school in the country to offer advanced degrees in corporate, intellectual property and tax law.

JPRA Architects Achieves LEED® Silver Certification for New Office Building in Novi, Michigan

JPRA Architects’ new office building in Novi, Michigan has been awarded LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Free Intellectual Property Primer Offered by Brooks Kushman P.C.

In an effort to inform non-intellectual property (IP) lawyers, businesspeople and potential clients on the ins and outs of IP, Brooks Kushman P.C. – a leading IP and technology law firm based in Southfield, Mich.

Tumultuous Path Ahead for Auto Industry for 2009 says PricewaterhouseCoopers

Following a dispiriting end to 2008, many markets and car producers are expected to continue enduring a tough path in 2009.

Navistar and Ford Motor Company Reach New Business Agreement

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) have reached an agreement to restructure their ongoing business relationship and settle all existing litigation between the companies.

James Epolito Named Delta Dental of Michigan President

James C. Epolito will become president of Delta Dental of Michigan in early April.

Dassault Systèmes Sponsors Fourth Annual EyesOn Design Competition

Unique Program Celebrates Automotive Design While Benefiting Visually Impaired.

Dassault Systèmes Dominates Automotive Design

Over 80% of 2009 Vehicles Debuting at Detroit Auto Show Designed in CATIA.

Johnson Controls Will Supply Innovative SmartGauge with EcoGuide Instrument Clusters

Officials at Johnson Controls today announced that the company will supply the all-new SmartGauge with EcoGuide product for vehicles produced by Ford Motor Company.

Johnson Controls Delivers Unique, Global Solutions in Sustainable Seating

Johnson Controls can help automakers worldwide respond to growing consumer demand for vehicles that are more “environmentally friendly,” and this capability is reflected in the company’s sustainable seating solutions.

GM, Michigan Tech, ESD to Provide Free Training for MI’s Displaced Auto Engineers

General Motors Corporation, Michigan Technological University and the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) are reaching out to help Michigan’s displaced automotive engineers re-train, re-tool and re-enter the workforce.

The Destruction of America’s Manufacturing Base

“Factory Man” by James E. Harbour with James V. Higgins is a wake-up call for American manufacturers who think their decisions to source jobs offshore is a short-term solution to being globally competitive.

The re3 Concept from Johnson Controls Brings Together Innovative Engineering, Sustainable Solutions and Value-Added Amenities

For Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), a major goal is finding new opportunities to help its customers succeed by creating “smart” environments.

Johnson Controls Gains U.S. Patents for Wireless Communication System

Officials from Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) today announced that the United States Patent Office has awarded the company two new patents on an innovative, wireless connectivity technology for use in vehicles.

ICOTY Jury Announces 2009 International Car of the Year and Truck of the Year

The votes are in, and the 2009 International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY) jury announced today the winners at the 13th annual black-tie ceremony held at the MGM Grand Detroit.

Verizon Wireless Completes Purchase of Alltel; Creates Nation's Largest Wireless Carrier

Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE LSE: VOD), announced today it has completed its purchase of Alltel Corporation from Atlantis Holdings LLC. Consistent with the terms of the transaction announced on June 5, 2008

Building Owners and Managers Association Elects New Board Leaders

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Metropolitan Detroit (BOMA) has inducted a new leadership team effective January 1, 2009.

Oakland County's Emerging Sectors Scores 28 Business Successes in 2008

Oakland County’s Emerging Sectors® business development strategy bucked the troubled economy in Michigan and the nation, finishing its best year ever with 38 new or expanding companies, generating nearly a quarter of a billion dollars of new investment and more than 8,400 jobs.

The Parade Company President Accepts Position in California - Search Process Begins

Joan A. LeMahieu, President of The Parade Company and Executive Director of the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation has resigned effective February 4, 2009.

Grid4’s CEO road maps cost saving solutions for SMB’s and Future 500’s

Grid4 Communications President and CEO, Chris Hopkins, will offer an action-provoking commentary to the Troy Rotary Club on how to “Future-proof your telecommunications.”

Major Procurement Training & Assessment Force Created as ISM and ADR North America Unite

Two powerhouses of supply management knowledge, learning resources and professional development are joining to create one major force behind training and assessment in procurement.

Wayne Law Review to Host ‘Boundary Waters Treaty Centennial Symposium’ on Feb. 5

The Wayne Law Review, in association with Wayne State University Law School and the University of Windsor, is pleased to host its “Boundary Waters Treaty Centennial Symposium” from 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009.

S3 Entertainment Group and Oakland Community College Partner to Offer Hollywood Film Industry Training Program

3 Entertainment Group (S3EG), a Ferndale, Michigan-based direct provider of the infrastructure necessary for successful film production in the state, and Oakland Community College (OCC), the largest community college system in the State of Michigan, today announced the launch of Film Industry Training (FIT), the premier film industry training program in Michigan.

Inland Pipe Rehabilitation Acquires Underground Technologies

Detroit, Mich.-based Inland Pipe Rehabilitation (IPR), a leading provider of underground rehabilitation solutions, with offices throughout the U.S., has acquired Underground Technologies, Inc, a Knoxville, Tenn.-headquartered, and Houston, Texas established, pipe rehabilitation provider.

Where Dreams Come True

Peter Horbury, Executive Director of Design, Ford of the Americas, promotes a team approach that embraces creativity and ingenuity.

The Wireless Office

A century-old technology makes a comeback.

Jim Bieri

President and CEO Bieri Co., Detroit

Instant Karma

Detroit's strength in R&D remains strong as Fisker Automotive and others open local shops.

And For Our Next Act ...

The region has proved to be an excellent host of major events, but we can’t rest on our laurels.

Diamond Hunters

The Detroit Tigers Fantasy Camp has provided the ultimate escape for diehard fans.

On the Comeback Trail

Seemingly lost by the side of the road, Cadillac is back on track.
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The Wireless Office

A century-old technology makes a comeback.

Instant Karma

Detroit's strength in R&D remains strong as Fisker Automotive and others open local shops.

Diamond Hunters

The Detroit Tigers Fantasy Camp has provided the ultimate escape for diehard fans.

On the Comeback Trail

Seemingly lost by the side of the road, Cadillac is back on track.
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