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In 2009, Michigan State University economist Charles Ballard met with then-gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder to discuss tax policy at an Applebee’s off I-96 near Okemos.

LANSING — A mid-Michigan particle accelerator has taken the next step in an ambitious expansion plan that would position the company to capitalize on the multi-billion dollar market for medical isotopes.

West Michigan’s business community says it has a vested interest in how well third-graders can read. 

Charter boat captains and small businesses along the lakeshore are bracing for potential rough seas this year in Lake Michigan’s $16 million charter fishery.

Detroit-based DTE Energy is in the middle of a five-year, $2.5 billion gas and electric infrastructure upgrade that will have the utility investing millions into projects in West Michigan. 

As Michigan’s industries have evolved over the years, so too have the roles economic developers play when it comes to helping businesses grow and expand in communities across the state.  

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. plans to “re-evaluate” a gap financing mechanism that commercial real estate professionals say has played a crucial role in the redevelopment of key corridors across West Michigan. 

The environment for an entrepreneur to start and grow a business in Michigan continues to improve, although gains are slowing after a decade of significant change as other states do better as well.

Establishing a regulatory framework for the sale of medical marijuana could generate between $44.3 million and $63.5 million annually in tax revenue for Michigan, according to a new report. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Despite negotiating for the past seven months, Grand Rapids Symphony musicians and the organization’s management team have yet to agree to terms of a new contract.

The budget cuts at the state’s economic development organization have forced industry executives in West Michigan to adjust their tactics. 

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking state lawmakers to increase funding for the popular Skilled Trades Training Fund program as part of his budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

ALLEGAN — Fighting off a hostile takeover bid cost Perrigo Co. plc $100 million last year, driving up administrative expenses sharply for the producer of over-the-counter medications.

As the state grapples with the Flint water crisis and a long-term funding solution for Detroit Public Schools, business advocates hope lawmakers will still be able to tackle policies that keep health care costs down, add transparency and help companies attract talent. 

MiBiz Growth Report: March 7, 2016

Written by | Sunday, 06 March 2016 13:53 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for March 7, 2016.

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