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Lincoln with the Aurora Driver self-driving platform

FCA, Aurora to Partner to Develop and Deploy Self-Driving Commercial Vehicles

Auburn Hills’ Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and California’s Aurora Innovation today announced plans to integrate the Aurora Driver self-driving platform into commercial vehicles. No financial or timeframe details were provided.
Chemical Financial headquarters rendering

Chemical Financial Corp., TCF Financial Corp. Shareholders Approve Merger

Shareholders of Chemical Financial Corp. of Michigan and TCF Financial Corp. of Minnesota have approved the proposed merger in which TCF will merge into Chemical. The combined holding company and bank will be headquartered in Detroit and operate under the TCF name and brand following the closing of the transaction.
Consumers Energy solar panels

Consumers Energy Plans to Eliminate Coal, Reduce Carbon Emissions 90% by 2040

Jackson’s Consumers Energy has received state approval for its Clean Energy Plan. The effort includes eliminating the use of coal as a power source, reducing carbon emissions by more than 90 percent, and meeting customers’ future electricity capacity needs with 90 percent clean energy resources by 2040.
Emagine sign

Emagine Announces Plans for Midwest’s Largest CinemaScope Screen in Canton Township

Area Star Wars fans will get a chance to see “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” on the largest CinemaScope screen in the Midwest when Troy-based Emagine Entertainment Inc. completes the expansion of its theater complex at 39535 Ford Rd. in Canton Township in December.
Invest Detroit Ventures

Invest Detroit Ventures to Create Source of Seed Funding for Michigan Start-ups

With initial support from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Invest Detroit Ventures is kicking off a fundraising effort to pool enough philanthropic support to create a sustainable source of early capital for Michigan’s diverse, under-represented entrepreneurs, and technology start-ups committed to bolstering the local economy.
Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Executive MBA Program

Northwood University Launches Automotive Aftermarket Executive MBA Program

Northwood University in Midland has opened enrollment for a new Automotive Aftermarket Executive MBA program set to begin on Aug. 26.
Ford sustainability

Ford Sets Sustainability Energy, Recyclability Goals for 2030s

Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. today announced it will use 100 percent renewable energy for all of its manufacturing plants globally by 2035 and eliminate single-use plastics from its operations by 2030.
Mark Crain, Ali Sulemin, Teresa Clarrington

Kresge Foundation Awards 25 Grants for Community Projects in Detroit

The Troy-based Kresge Foundation today announced a record $2.4 million in grants for the planning and implementation of community projects – from park and neighborhood improvement to boosting entrepreneurship – across Detroit through its Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit initiative.
Lighting Technologies pallets

Lightning Technologies to Add Antimicrobial Treatment to Pallets

Food growers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and retailers are constantly looking for ways to make their facilities as clean as possible. Oxford’s Lightning Technologies is making that easier by signing a long-term agreement with North Carolina-based Microban International to add the latter’s Silvershield antimicrobial treatment to its pallets.
Detroit FinTech Challenge

Detroit Fintech Challenge Returns to Techtown Detroit Aug. 3

Early stage startups and entrepreneurs will once again network and compete for prizes in the second Detroit Fintech Challenge, which is returning to Techtown Detroit on Aug. 3.