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20
Apr

Gov. Snyder: Unemployment Drop Shows Michigan’s Comeback Continues

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder  issued the following statement after the announcement that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March fell to 7.5 percent, the lowest unemployment rate in Michigan since April 2008.

“Getting Michiganders back to work has been my focus since I came to Lansing. Today’s numbers are further evidence that our state’s economy is turning around and the Michigan comeback is well underway. While the current trend is heading in the right direction, we cannot take our foot off the gas. We can do better and we will do better.

More than a quarter million private sector jobs have been created since December 2010. Michigan’s per capita income growth rate in 2013 ranked 9th in nation and it’s our highest ranking in nearly 20 years. We’ve created opportunities for Michiganders by setting the environment for businesses to grow and thrive. We’ve built a rock-solid foundation and I’m confident we can continue to build upon it.”

19
Apr
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IRS Focus Moves From Tax Evaders to Obamacare Evaders

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Marquette, MiApril 19, 2014 – Taxes, Obamacare, Schools & Discrimination Discussed on IN THE RIGHT MIND with Dan Adamini

Tax-Cheats Will Be Treated Better Than the Uninsured in 2014

The funniest story this week was not the tax deadline of April 15th. It was the realization that with budget cuts to the IRS, there will be fewer tax audits as IRS agents shift their focus to the enforcement of Obamacare.

Read more here: IRS Focus Moves From Tax Evaders to Obamacare Evaders

19
Apr

Snyder: Register by April 30 to find your DREAMJOB at Ford Field.

LANSING, Mich – Job seekers looking to participate in the state’s largest-ever job matchmaking summit face a fast-approaching deadline to apply online for the 1,200 jobs at Pure Michigan DREAMJOB being held in June at Ford Field.

More than 110 of the state’s leading businesses will interview qualified job candidates for high-skill, high-pay positions using an innovative matchmaking format. Wednesday, April 30, is the last day to apply online to be among job seekers invited to participate.

“Pure Michigan DREAMJOB signals our commitment to grow jobs in Michigan through the talents and strong work ethic of our people. Michigan companies today have thousands of open positions and are looking for qualified people to fill them,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “In a competitive global economy, talent is the difference that spells success and Michigan stands apart with leading edge programs to match businesses with talented people needed to grow our economy.”

More than 110 Michigan employers from across the state will seek to fill more than 1,200 positions through an innovative matchmaking format that pairs qualified candidates with available job openings. Each employer will be stationed in its own booth for walk-ups and will have private space for interviews with candidates who have been pre-screened for the invitation-only matchup.

Jobs will be posted to www.puremichigandreamjob.com where candidates will be able to view and apply for one or more positions. More than 1,000 job seekers have set up profiles on the website with 670 filing applications for at least one position with two weeks remaining before the application deadline.

MEDC teams will work with participating employers to pre-qualify applicants for a series of 20-minute interviews throughout the day. Once approved, candidates will receive their interview schedules. The all-day event will also include information about living in Michigan, tours of downtown work spaces, networking reception and an opportunity to attend a Tigers game.

“Talent is the new currency in economic development and the surest way to grow our economy,” said Michael Finney, President and CEO of MEDC. “Pure Michigan DREAMJOBS is an innovative way to match the talent needs of Michigan companies with people who can provide experience, capabilities and energies that companies require to succeed. At the same time, it means new job opportunities for our people who can bring highly valued talents to many of the biggest names in Michigan business.”

Participating companies include Ford, Quicken Loans, Whirlpool, Bosch, Lear, Delphi, Nissan, Roush and McCann Erickson. These are among more than 110 companies seeking candidates for positions in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to: engineering, design, project management, supply chain management, finance, operations, sales, marketing and software development.

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 70,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

19
Apr

Business Expansions, Community Development Projects Win State Approval

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of four business expansion and community revitalization projects around the state that are expected to generate nearly $41 million in investments and add 302 new jobs in Michigan.

“These projects will strengthen and further revitalize our communities and help growing companies generate new job opportunities,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “Michigan’s unemployment rate has just hit another record low, and today’s investments offer even further evidence of Michigan’s improving economy and the success of our strategy to help companies grow and add jobs here.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved incentives for the following projects:

Michigan Business Development Program:
Fuyao Automotive North America Inc., established in June 2008, provides warehousing, assembly, repackaging, inspection, program management, engineering design and sales support services of automotive glass to North American automotive OEMs. The company is a subsidiary of Fuyao Glass Industry Group, a leading international manufacturer of automotive glass located in the People’s Republic of China. Fuyao plans to expand its Charter Township of Orion operations by adding equipment to manufacture auto glass assembly parts. The project is expected to bring in up to $15.3 million new investment and create up to 102 total jobs, resulting in a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Ohio, Alabama and Georgia. The Charter Township of Orion plans to offer support to the project in the form of a PA 198 property tax abatement. Job seekers interested in employment opportunities with Fuyao can send resumes to office@fuyaousa.com ​.

Oerlikon Balzers Coatings USA, Inc. is a supplier of physical vapor deposition coatings and other surface technologies which improve the performance and durability of precision components as well as tools for the metal and plastics processing industries. Headquartered in Schaumburg, Il., Oerlikon Balzers Coatings USA has multiple locations in Michigan and plans to create a new large coating center which will introduce new technologies to the U.S. market including new coating technologies and R&D for new applications. The project will involve consolidation of the Harrison Township facility into the project site and will create 50 jobs and a total capital investment of approximately $6 million in the Charter Township of Orion. As a result, the project will receive a $250,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant and the township has offered a property tax abatement. For information on positions with Oerlikon, visit http://www.oerlikon.com/balzers/en/about-balzers/our-employees/

Michigan Community Revitalization Program:
Bancroft Project Saginaw LLC plans to renovate the historic Bancroft building in downtown Saginaw into 122 luxury apartments with four commercial storefronts. The project, one of the largest investments in downtown Saginaw since the renovation of the Dow Center, will generate a total capital investment of nearly $5.5 million and create up to 49 jobs. As a result, Bancroft Projects Saginaw has been awarded a $1 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant. The City of Saginaw has approved an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation district for the development and a 12-year OPRA tax abatement valued at an estimated $603,048.

Community Development Block Grant:
The City of Gaylord has been awarded $650,000 in CDBG funds for job training for the AMI Industries project in the City of Gaylord. AMI Industries, a fabricator of tubular products for a variety of industries including automotive and heavy truck, has acquired a facility in Gaylord for light manufacturing and assembly. The company expects to invest up to $4 million and create 101 jobs. The CDBG grant will assist the company with training of skilled machine operators as well as process engineers. The company has agreed that at least 52 of the 101 positions will be held by low to moderate income persons.

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Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 66,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

18
Apr

NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission

Nearly 2.5 tons of NASA science investigations and cargo are on the way to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft.

Read more here: NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission

18
Apr

NASA, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Announce Media Opportunities at Hubble Anniversary Reception

Media are invited to attend a breakfast reception at 8:30 a.m. EDT April 23 to celebrate the 24th anniversary of Hubble Space Telescope’s launch into space with the opening of the “Repairing Hubble” exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, located at 600 Independence Ave. SW in Washington.

Read more here: NASA, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Announce Media Opportunities at Hubble Anniversary Reception

18
Apr

NASA Innovative Advanced Concept Program Seeks Phase II Proposals

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program is seeking proposals for technologies that could be used on future exploration missions. The new proposals will build on the most promising ideas developed in the program’s first phase.

Read more here: NASA Innovative Advanced Concept Program Seeks Phase II Proposals

18
Apr

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities

NASA will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with a variety of live and online activities April 21-27 to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.

Read more here: NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities

18
Apr

NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon’s Surface

Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17.

Read more here: NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon’s Surface

18
Apr

Gov. Snyder’s mobile office hours return

Read more here: Gov. Snyder’s mobile office hours return