State of the Union Address: 'Shadow of Crisis' has Passed
In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama declared that the "shadow of crisis" has passed America and urged Congress to build on economic gains by raising taxes on the nation's wealthiest to pay for reductions for the middle class. Obama highlighted the resurgence of Michigan's auto industry as one of the major successes in creating additional jobs for Americans. The President also said he'll veto any bill that would "put the security of families at risk" and sought out more common ground on foreign policy. Read more.
State of the State Address: Time for all to Swim in 'River of Opportunity'
Governor Snyder, in his 2015 State of the State address, emphasized that Michigan must focus on people, not programs; dealing with root causes, not symptoms; maximizing results, not bureaucracy; and involving friends and neighbors in the community, not just the state. Central to his plan is merging the Departments of Community Health and Human Services. Read more.
Why the National War on Infrastructure?
Many advanced countries spend far more on their country's infrastructure needs than the U.S. - basics like buildings, roads, and power supplies. Our current political climate makes a long-term, strategic infrastructure plan nearly impossible to achieve. As a result, the American economy and qualify of life suffer, and innovation lags. More.
2014/15 Pay and Benefits Survey Data Now Available Online
Thanks to the participation of many of our member communities, this year's statewide pay and benefits data is now accessible in a searchable online database. The survey is still open to communities that haven't yet participated . Access the database here.
Campaign Envisions Arts Incubator along Detroit's Grand River Corridor
Quarter Pop will be an arts incubator to strengthen and ignite creative business in Detroit. With MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places crowdfunding initiative, they will provide pop-up retail spaces for a quarter of a year to help creatives develop their entrepreneurial skills. More
Ypsilanti Campaign Aims to Restore Historical Freighthouse
Preserving its heritage and creating a community center for recreation, arts, and more is the goal of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse project. Through the MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places matching grant crowdfunding program, they hope to raise $50,000. More
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