The West Michigan economy, while still positive, backtracked a bit in August. That’s the finding for the August Supply Management Research survey. Its author attributes it to the “summer doldrums.”

UAW Local 602 autoworker Anita Dawson says Trump’s policies are a threat to working families at a demonstration held before a Trump rally on Friday.
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Michigan auto workers and labor leaders gathered Friday morning to oppose Republican nominee Donald Trump’s visit to Dimondale, Michigan, later that day.

The group gathered with a very clear message: Donald Trump would be a “disaster” for Michigan.

Former Congressman Mark Schauer and several members of the local United Auto Workers attacked Trump’s statements about moving car production outside of Michigan, his failure to release his tax returns, and said Trump is not on the side of the American workers.

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Commercial Real Estate Trends, putting the spotlight on all things real estate, today's topics include an Industrial Market Update with Steve Marcusse from Colliers International.

The Right Place

Jun 21, 2016
The Right Place
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Birgit Klohs from the Right Place joins in to talk about long term planning for Region and RPI, the Mackinaw Policy conference, and a recent trip to Germany with MEDC.

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  As economic expansion continues, labor remains a key concern for Michigan employers. Insurers embrace telemedicine for convenience and cost savings. Also, a new tax study finds companies pay their fair share.   

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Deborah Frieze, a national name in the localist movement, told the audience at GVSU’s Loosemore Auditorium that local isn’t just a shopping campaign. It's the new and emerging economy.

“What’s at the heart of localism is local production for local consumption. We care about the places in which we live and we want to circulate goods and services among us, and I think about place as the geographic area that supports and sustains our communities.”

A state board has unanimously approved a $5 million grant to be dispensed over the next five years to encourage Chinese companies to invest in Michigan.

The Michigan Strategic Fund board - part of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. - authorized the money on Tuesday to act as a "business gateway" between Michigan and China and help generate jobs while boosting foreign investment in the state.

The project aims to create Michigan jobs but board members weren't publicly informed of how many on Tuesday.

Michigan State starts program to spur business development

Feb 11, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University has started a program that's designed to spur business development and attract more investors.

Four years ago, Business Leaders for Michigan unveiled its Michigan Turnaround Plan. The idea was to formulate a strategy jump starting the Michigan economy following the Great Recession. Four years later, BLM claims there’s been improvement and now it’s time to move the state to higher economic strata. It wants to position the state to a “Top Ten” economic power by the year 2020. How does it plan to get there?

“If you look back we were probably 50 out of 50 states on most measures. Today, we’re about average. Maybe a little below average than most.”

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Why banks are asking the Michigan legislature not to regulate credit card security? Also, new leadership and change at United Way of West Michigan and talk of a downtown Grand Rapids grocery store.