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Friday, 09 August 2013 09:10

Aug. 9, 2013: Michigan sets record in merchandise exports; Peopledesign moving to a new home; Ann Arbor to launch bike share program

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Grand Rapids Community College’s purchasing department is offering a free Building Information Modeling (BIM) training session for subcontractors and suppliers in an effort to help familiarize industry professional with the tool. Lisa Drago, a BIM specialist and application engineer with Kalamazoo-based Kal Blue, will teach the latest BIM concepts. The session will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided at no cost. For more information, click here. Or, register here. [2:38 p.m.]

Grand Rapids area economic development agency The Right Place, Inc. will be hosting a half-day seminar on Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on the outlook for commodity trends in 2014. The event will help companies ensure that their commodity purchasing strategy is aligned with their business needs and the market outlook. CFOs, supply chain managers, buyers, planners, logistics managers and business analysts are among the suggested attendees. The event is $85/per person and will take place at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville. Click here for more details or to register. [1:00 p.m.]

Southwest Michigan’s economy continues to recover from the 2009-2010 recession faster than the nation, according to PNC Bank economists. Unemployment across a region that includes Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Lansing declined from a peak of more than 14 percent during the recession to a little more than 6 percent at midyear, even as the labor force grows again. Unemployment, after finishing 2012 at 7.1 percent, should decline to 6.3 percent for 2013 and to 6.2 percent in 2014, PNC predicts. “Southwest Michigan’s recovery is one of the most impressive across the Midwest region,” states a quarterly economic briefing on the region that expects improvements to continue. “Southwest Michigan’s sustained recovery, despite considerable ups and downs at the national level, will steam ahead through the remainder of this year and next along its long road to full health.” One drawback, according to PNC: Housing markets in the region still “have a great deal of recovering to do.” [12:55 p.m.]

Urbanists and velophiles in Ann Arbor can rejoice as the city is set to launch a 125-bike, 14-station bike share program in April 2014. Ann Arbor’s bike share program is a partnership between Clean Energy Coalition (CEC), the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (TheRide), the City of Ann Arbor, and the University of Michigan. The three-year program’s $1.55 million capital and operational costs are funded through a $600,000 federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant, a $150,000 local match from the city, and a $600,000 commitment from UofM. The remaining $200,000 is expected to come from membership fees and sponsorships. More information here. [12:30 p.m.]

After 12 years in the Brassworks Building, Peopledesign is moving to a new home in the core of downtown Grand Rapids. The the multifaceted design and branding firm is taking up residence at 168 Louis Campau. The company hopes to be settled in their new office by September, according to Kevin Budelmann, president of Peopledesign. [12:24 p.m.]

There is good news for seniors looking to live it up in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Delaware Manor, a senior housing community, today announced the completion of Delaware Heights, a new three-story, 26-unit expansion. The $3.5 million, 35,550-square-foot project was funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. General contractor Wolverine Building Group and architect DTS Winkelmann completed the construction project. [12:21 p.m.]

Recent data from the International Trade Administration (ITA) shows that Michigan has set a record in merchandise exports. In the first half of 2013, exports from the state grew by three percent. This represents $29.1 billion. In the same time period of 2012, the state did $28.4 billion in exports. Categories that saw growth in exports included transportation equipment, machinery manufactures, chemicals, computer and electronic products and primary metal manufactures. Thailand and Italy saw the greatest in Michigan products entering their borders with increases of 35 percent and 33 percent, respectively.

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