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Bedrock: Hudson’s Site Development to be Tallest Building in Detroit

After preliminary designs from Detroit-based commercial real estate firm Bedrock were presented Wednesday, the Downtown Development Authority approved a timeline for construction for the historic Woodward Avenue Hudson’s site to occur by Dec.1. The new schedule aligns the groundbreaking of the Hudson’s development with the Michigan Thrive initiative, an economic development tool supported by more than 40 communities throughout Michigan.

RACER Trust, Auch Co. Complete Transfer of University Drive Property in Downtown Pontiac

RACER Trust, an entity formed to sell excess property from General Motors Co. as part of its 2009 bankruptcy, today announced it has completed the sale of 3.7 acres off University Drive in downtown Pontiac to George W. Auch Co., a 109-year-old general contractor and construction management firm that will build its new corporate headquarters on the site.

Detroit Regional Chamber Launches Program That Helps Local Students Attend College

Seeking to increase higher education opportunities in the region, the Detroit Regional Chamber has created Detroit Drives Degrees, a program to connect more high school students with financial aid offerings that will enable them to attend and stay in college.

Rocket Fiber Assists Detroit Lions with Infrastructure Upgrades at Ford Field

Detroit-based gigabit Internet provider Rocket Fiber today announced a partnership with the Detroit Lions to upgrade the capacity of Ford Field’s Internet capabilities to 10 gigabytes, giving fans who visit each year access to faster, more reliable Internet service.

WestCongress Insurance Services Opens in Detroit, Aligns with Lloyd’s of London

Detroit-based WestCongress Insurance Services today announced it is a newly-created managing general agent for the specialty commercial insurance marketplace. The company recently completed the tribunalization process with Lloyd’s of London, which authorizes the firm as a coverholder, providing direct access to Lloyd’s market.

City Bark Pet Boutique Opens Friday in Capital Park

Detroiters now have another option when purchasing food and accessories for their four-legged friends, as Birmingham-based development company Broder and Sachse Real Estate announced The Albert’s newest tenant, City Bark, will open Friday. Located at 1222 Griswold St. in Detroit’s Capitol Park, the pet boutique will offer gourmet food and other pet products.

Muer’s Table + Bar Coming to Partridge Creek in Clinton Township This Spring

Muer’s Table + Bar, a restaurant following in the heritage of the Muer family, will open for business this spring at the former Tin Fish space at The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township. Longtime restaurateur Dave G. Muer will head up the operation.

Little Caesars Debuts Smokehouse Pizza, The Voyager Restaurant Coming to Ferndale

Detroit-based pizza chain Little Caesar’s today announced their latest product innovation, the Smokehouse pizza, featuring beef brisket, pulled pork, Applewood-smoked bacon, and barbeque sauce, finished off with a smokehouse-seasoned crust. The Smokehouse pizza will be available at Little Caesars restaurants nationwide for a limited time starting on Feb. 27.

Next-Generation Cadillac Debuts High-Tech User Experience System in CTS

Detroit-based luxury automaker Cadillac today announced its next-generation user experience system, which debuts in the Cadillac CTS. The technology will be available in the 2017 interim model year and will arrive at U.S. dealerships during the first quarter. The automotive company plans to include the system in XTS and ATS sedans with the start of 2018 model year production, while Cadillac’s other product lines are scheduled to adopt the system in future model years.

Sixth Annual North American International Cyber Summit Announced for Detroit’s Cobo Center

  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder today announced the 2017 North American International Cyber Summit will be held on Oct. 30 at Detroit’s Cobo Center. In its sixth year, the cyber summit brings together experts from across the globe to address a variety of cybersecurity issues impacting several industries, including automotive, business, education, IT, economic development, law enforcement, and personal use.

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Confirms Two Auto-related Companies from Mexico During Trade Mission

Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, who this week concluded his four-day trade mission in Mexico, says two Mexican companies will expand in the state — TREMEC Transmission, a subsidiary of Mexico City-based KUO Group, will invest $54 million at a new operation in Wixom, creating 133 jobs. In turn, Rassini Brakes will open a new facility in Mt. Morris Township, investing $17.3 million and creating 55 jobs.

Motor1.com to Launch Online Shopping Platform

After extensive trials, Motor1.com, a Detroit-based global source of online car reviews, news, and information today announced it has expanded its service to include an online shopping platform for new car purchases, as well as provide access to nearly four million pre-owned vehicles in the United States.

Report: Michigan Housing Permits Rise 11.7 Percent in 2016

Final numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate a total of 15,716 permits were issued throughout Michigan for new home construction in 2016, representing an increase of 11.7 percent over the total of 13,581 permits in 2015. The 2016 year-end total is the highest number of new home permits issued in Michigan during a calendar year since the pre-recession year of 2006, which was 16,538. 

American Airlines and Delta Airlines Adding Direct National Flights to Traverse City

Northern Michigan’s tourism industry is getting a boost from American Airlines and Delta Airlines this summer as both operators will offer direct flights from Dallas Ft. Worth and Atlanta, respectively, to Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Traverse City. Over the last three decades, as Michigan’s economy has ebbed and flowed, many Michiganders moved to southern states seeking employment.

New FCA US Supplier Diversity Initiative Strengthens Ties with Minority Business Associations

Auburn Hills-based automaker FCA US today announced a new diversity initiative to connect its purchasing organization with minority, women, and veteran owned business associations by providing customized training, learning, development, and networking opportunities.
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