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Michigan Infrastructure Committee Recommends $4B Annually in ‘Urgent’ Upgrades

Members of the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission — appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in March 2016 — today released their report and recommendations regarding roads, bridges, and water treatment systems statewide.

Troy Introduces $350M Town Center at International Council of Shopping Centers Convention

After 18 months of collaboration among residents, stakeholders, and city officials, the City of Troy has unveiled the plans for a proposed $350 million “mixed-use” Town Center on its campus located at the northeast corner of I-75 and Big Beaver Road.

Detroit’s LIFT Center Announces Partnership, Will Debut Record-breaking Linear Friction Welder

Indiana-based Manufacturing Technology Inc. has announced it will develop North America’s largest linear friction welder (in terms of force capacity) and deliver it to the Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow for use in Detroit.

Lawrence Tech’s Detroit Center for Design and Technology Launches Design Incubator

Starting in February 2017, Lawrence Technological University’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology at Woodward Avenue and Willis Street will launch a new Design Incubator, funded by the Hudson-Webber Foundation.

Report: Luxury SUVs to Outsell Luxury Cars For the First Time

As 2016 comes to a close, a report from automotive shopping and information network Edmunds.com indicates that luxury SUVs are projected to outsell luxury cars for the first time ever.

ITC Holdings Corp. in Novi Announces New Board Appointments

Novi-based ITC Holdings Corp. has appointed five members to its board of directors after being acquired by Fortis Inc. and GIC Private Limited in October 2016.

Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Legislation Allowing Autonomous Vehicle Testing

Legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder today makes Michigan the first state to establish comprehensive regulations for the testing, use, and eventual sale of autonomous vehicle technology. The law is the result of public and private efforts to maintain a safe evolution as self-driving vehicles see more research and investment.

Michigan’s Economy Best in the Midwest During Second Quarter

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland reports Michigan’s economy had the fastest growth in the Midwest and was ranked 10th nationally in the second quarter of 2016. During that time, the state’s real gross domestic product increased by 2.3 percent, which ranks 8th nationally.

Designs Released for Detroit’s 20 QLINE Streetcar Stations Along Woodward Avenue

The M-1 Rail has unveiled designs for 20 streetcar stations along the upcoming QLINE route. With concepts and designs by the Detroit-based architecture firm Rossetti, each station will recognize the corporate and philanthropic sponsors that helped fund the project.

Ford Leads Auto Industry in U.S. Patents Awarded in 2016

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn was granted 1,500 patents this year — more than any other automaker ¬— according to data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.