Annual 2017

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March Homebuilding Activity Drives Permits to Highest First Quarter Since 2006

Based on residential permit data compiled by the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA) in Farmington Hills, a total of 1,163 home permits were issued in Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne counties in the first quarter. The amount marks the highest first quarter start for new home permits in the four-county area since 2006, which was 1,771.

Paul McCartney and Men’s College Basketball Doubleheader Announced for Little Caesars Arena

Olympia Entertainment today announced Paul McCartney will perform at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Oct. 1, while a men’s NCAA basketball doubleheader featuring the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Oakland University, and the University of Detroit Mercy will be held on Dec. 16. The initial matchup will be between U-M versus UDM followed by Michigan State versus Oakland.

Founders Brewing Co. to Open Taproom in Detroit’s Midtown

Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co. today announced it will open a new 14,000-square-foot taproom with a fully operational brewery in Midtown Detroit. The building is located at 456 Charlotte St. and construction will begin this summer, with a grand opening scheduled for the end of this year.

Michigan Future Report Calls for State Government to Increase Household Incomes

Michigan Future, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to provide economic solutions, today released its first policy recommendations, calling for state legislators to make increasing household income for all Michigan residents the explicit goal of state economic policy.

Business Groups Partner on Michigan Defense Exposition April 26-27

The Michigan chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association today announced the details of the Michigan Defense Exposition, a military promotion and networking event running through April 27. The eighth annual event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. at the Macomb Community College Expo Center and will feature representatives from the U.S. Army TACOM, TARDEC, ACC, and 13 Israeli companies.

FCA US Delivering Additional Hybrid Minivans to Waymo’s Self-Driving Program

After delivering 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to the Waymo self-driving program in late 2016, Auburn Hills-based automaker FCA US today announced 500 additional vehicles will be delivered in May to expand the program. Production on the minivans will increase next month and Waymo will outfit the vehicles with self-driving technology.

Grand Rapids-based Blackford Capital Invests in Ellison Bakery

Blackford Capital, a national private equity firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, today announced its investment in Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Ellison Bakery Inc., a manufacturer of cookies, snack bars, crunch, and inclusion products, and products for the industrial market, food service industry, and retail and private label space.

Shinola to Open a Store at the Somerset Collection in Troy by May

Detroit-based leather and lifestyle goods manufacturer Shinola today announced the opening of its newest store, to be located at the Somerset Collection in Troy. It is scheduled to open by the end of the month.

Pet Supplies Plus Debuts Healthier Ingredients for Dogs and Puppies

Livonia-based Pet Supplies Plus, which has 390 locations in 29 states, is adding a new line to its Redford Naturals portfolio of dry dog food Limited Ingredient Diet (LID) formulas.

MSU Researchers Examine What Qualities Make A Good Boss

A new series of studies from researchers at Michigan State University indicate bosses who were supportive and set clear expectations can effectively motivate their employees, even if they weren’t described as “transformational leaders” or having “grand visions.”

Comedian Seth Meyers to Headline Forgotten Harvest’s 25th Annual Comedy Night in June

Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park today announced late-night host Seth Meyers will headline the group’s 25th annual Comedy Night on June 17, a celebration of the organization’s food rescuing efforts and supporters. Comedy Night began in 1992 with the support of actor and Michigan-native Tim Allen and local comedian Mark Ridley.

Wolverine Human Services’ Core Orchards to Begin Planting Demonstration Apple Orchard in Detroit

Core Orchards Detroit, a division of Wolverine Human Services (WHS), today announced that it will begin planting 350 Honeycrisp apple trees to create a demonstration orchard on the city’s east side. The trees will grow in a high-tech, high density growing system located on land at Lenox and Charlevoix St.
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