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Why the Netherlands Consulate in Chicago Matters to Michigan

Dec 16, 2020

As home to the largest concentration of Dutch Americans in the country, a small group of us with Grand Rapids ties saw the opportunity to create an organization that could help strengthen the cultural and economic ties between West Michigan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  In 2010, the West Michigan Global Initiative (WMGI) was […]

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Governor Signs MOU with Finland

Mar 06, 2020

In order to increase collaboration and innovation between Michigan and Finland related to clean technology industries, autonomous energy storage, and battery technologies, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Finland. Signed with Mika Lintila, Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, the MOU acknowledges a global approach to sharing research and knowledge to spur […]

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Two Michigan Tribes Announce Joint Venture

Jan 17, 2020

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, through the Waseyabek Development Company, and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi, through Gun Lake Investments, announced the joint acquisition of McKay Tower in downtown Grand Rapids. The acquisition represents a rare co-investment by the non-gaming economic development entities of two Michigan Native American tribes. McKay Tower is the […]

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Governor Signs Michigan Jobs First Directive

Aug 02, 2019

This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive expanding the list of determining factors used during the state purchasing process. Currently the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) would only use the following factors to make a best value determination: price, quality, transition costs, experience, market share, timeliness, and agreement to terms. Under […]

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Governor Reorganizes State Department

Jun 14, 2019

In an effort to streamline and better coordinate efforts to meet the state’s business and labor needs, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order renaming and reorganizing one state department. The new department is called the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) and replaces the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED). The department […]

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Community Resources – Learning Outside of Your Day Job

Jun 05, 2019

While talking with friends recently, I realized how much time we spend discussing topics related only to our work.  My friend in finance talks about the markets, my friend in advertising talks about marketing and social media trends, and of course I talk politics.  While our conversations can be highly insightful (especially to those who […]

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British Ambassador Visits Michigan

Aug 31, 2018

This week, Sir Kim Darroch KCMG, the British Ambassador to the United States, met with Governor Rick Snyder. The meeting focused on ways Michigan and the United Kingdom can work together to develop and promote electric vehicle technologies.  Earlier this year, Governor Snyder signed a  Memorandum of Understanding with Minister Richard Harrington of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom […]

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Groundbreaking for International Crossing

Jul 20, 2018

This week, Governor Rick Snyder and the Honorable Amarjeet Sohi, Canadian minister of Infrastructure and Communities, participated in an event marking the Michigan construction groundbreaking for the Gordie Howe International Bridge. The new six-lane, cable stayed international bridge will provide direct connectivity to existing highway networks in Windsor and Detroit. It will feature modern border […]

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