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The Manistee-based Little River Band of Ottawa Indians last month filed paperwork with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Minneapolis to open a long-planned casino in Fruitport Township at the site of the former Great Lakes Downs racetrack. 

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for March 16, 2015:

While Gov. Rick Snyder famously campaigned against the government picking winners and losers, the state’s economic development agency during his first term made a clear bet on one segment of the Michigan economy: manufacturing.

MiBiz Growth Report: March 2, 2015

Written by | Sunday, 01 March 2015 16:58 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for March 2, 2015.

Michigan retailers successfully pushed to level the playing field with online stores, which will be required to charge state sales tax under a new law. That means new revenue for the state, but the impact on bricks-and-mortar retailers like Herm Baker at Vertigo Music remains unclear as buying behaviors continue to shift.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 16, 2015

Written by | Sunday, 15 February 2015 13:44 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 16, 2015.

A skilled workforce is right near the top of just about every business and political leader’s wish list in Michigan.

The state’s economic development organization wants to better promote Michigan’s long-established industrial design cluster as it seeks to attract new corporate investment in the state.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 2, 2015

Written by | Friday, 30 January 2015 14:47 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 2, 2015.

The Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) has long advocated to make Michigan a top 10 state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy. But a new report by the group shows that its lofty goal could be difficult to achieve given current trends.

After cutting his teeth on low-budget locally produced films, Josh Burge is moving into the big time.

After a career spanning humanitarian relief, international and community development and a stint working on a congressional campaign, Megan Sall has a wealth of work experience. Sall currently serves as a business development manager at The Right Place Inc., a Grand Rapids-based economic development firm — a position she’s held for three years. At 32, Sall also became the youngest member appointed to Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Board of Trustees. She spoke with MiBiz about her upcoming eight-year term and the role of higher education in the region’s economy.

After working for two decades at one of the nation’s most respected medical schools, Jose Teixeira was ready for a change of scenery.

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 5, 2015

Written by | Sunday, 04 January 2015 15:40 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Jan. 5, 2015:

Diversity in the West Michigan economy will be the driving force behind growth in 2015. That’s according to George Erickcek, senior regional analyst at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The message was delivered to a crowd of business leaders at the annual West Michigan Economic Outlook hosted by The Right Place Inc.

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