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J V is the editor of The Michigan Standard.

Mayor Bing Wants State Money But No State Input On Belle Isle

(Detroit) – Mayor Dave Bing’s comments managed to encapsulate everything that is wrong with Detroit leadership today while speaking about state intervention. Happy to take money from the state – even demanding it, but disgusted at the thought of the state having any input in how that money is spent. The problem with that line… Read More »

MetroFoodPlus Innovation Cluster @ Detroit

After three years of debate and disagreement about the role of urban agriculture in Detroit, the city has announced a joint venture with Michigan State University to take urban farming to the next level. The initiative is called MetroFoodPlus Innovation Cluster @ Detroit, and Michigan State University has pledged to contribute $1.5 million over the… Read More »

Detroit Getting $10 Million in Federal TIGER Grants

(Detroit) – Despite shooting down the $25 million grant request for the M1 light rail project just a few days ago, the U.S. Transportation Department awarded $10 million to the Link Detroit project. Link Detroit is aimed at improving the Detroit Riverwalk, Eastern Market, and the greenways in downtown and midtown, with the eventual goal… Read More »

Detroit Light Rail Will Not Get $25 Million Grant

(Detroit) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood finally gave his decision on the $25 million in grant money for the Woodward light rail project. He decided against allocating the grant money, but mentioned that he would reconsider if certain conditions were met in the future. Ray LaHood notified Governor Snyder, Mayor Bing and the business… Read More »

Deal Finalized For Second Bridge To Canada

(Detroit) – After getting shot down last November by Michigan legislators, Governor Snyder ended up getting the bridge deal done anyway. Not only is the bridge going to be built, but Snyder was able to get it paid for completely by Canada, and was even able to get $2 billion in federal funds to be… Read More »

Snyder Moving Forward With Second Bridge To Canada

(Detroit) – Matty Moroun’s death grip on international trade in Detroit will be coming to an end soon, as Governor Snyder is expected to announce a deal to build a second bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor. As the owner of the Ambassador Bridge, Maroun has controlled the only international border crossing for trucks near the… Read More »

Detroit Science Center to Reopen as Michigan Science Center

(Detroit) – After years of mismanagement and decline, the Detroit Science Center closed their doors last September. Until now, the future of this venerable institution was unknown. Enter Ron Weiser, former chairman of the Republican Party and savior of the science center. Mr. Weiser recently reached a deal with Citizens Bank to acquire the building… Read More »

Snyder Announces Pure Michigan Business Connect

(Mackinac) – Governor Rick Snyder announced an impressive set of initiatives aimed at improving the local economy here in Michigan. The Pure Michigan Business Connect plan was put together by the Governor and officials from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and includes the following five initiatives: Pure Michigan Business Connect Network – A business to… Read More »

New International Trade Crossing – Bridge Deal Coming

(Mackinac) – Governor Rick Snyder surprised many when he let it be known that a bridge deal is almost done. With Matty Maroun lobbying legislators, it seemed like nothing was going to happen any time soon, but it appears Governor Snyder is taking a different approach – one that doesn’t require legislative approval. The only… Read More »

Bill Ford Jr. Shares His Vision For Michigan’s Economic Future

(Mackinac) – At the annual Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference, Bill Ford Jr. presented his vision for our economic future. The Chairman of Ford Motor Co. believes Detroit and Southeastern Michigan is in a great position to become the “Silicon Valley of urban mobility”. The number of vehicles worldwide is expected to quadruple to… Read More »