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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.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 01 February 2015 22:00

Q&A: Frank Foster

Former State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, lost his seat last fall in a primary challenge. The reason: He introduced a bill that would add protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people to the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, a measure supported by many businesses and associations as a means to improve the state’s talent attraction efforts.

Published in Q&A

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

Published in Economic Development

While talent development and some legislative reforms may prove to be challenges, West Michigan chambers of commerce executives feel confident looking ahead to 2015 as they project increased business investment in their individual communities.

Published in Crystal Ball

Birgit Klohs’ career has been full of many firsts.

Published in Nonprofits

McLaren Health Care Inc.’s move to secure legislative approval to build a new $300 million hospital north of Detroit has once again generated support across the state for Michigan’s certificate-of-need regulations.

Published in Health Biz

The repeal of the personal property tax on manufacturing equipment in Michigan represents the second major victory in three years for business advocates who long sought to improve the state’s business tax climate.

Published in Finance

Michigan’s business advocates scored a win last night with the repeal of the personal property tax (PPT), otherwise known as Proposal 1.

Published in In the News

Former three-term Michigan governor John Engler has been a long-time advocate for manufacturing — both in the state and around the country. He served for six years as president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers and is now president of Business Roundtable.

Published in Manufacturing

After lawmakers reworked their repeal of Michigan’s personal property tax law to remove one potential source of opposition, tax reform proponents have now turned their focus to passing an August ballot proposal that’s required to make the changes stick.

Published in Economic Development
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