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City of Marquette to Receive Rehabilitation Funds

LANSING, MI October 22, 2014 – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of one business expansion and two community revitalization projects in Michigan that will generate $10 million in private investment and create 107 jobs.

“The commitment of these companies to grow and create jobs here demonstrates the significance of our greatly improved business climate and infrastructure,” said MEDC president and CEO Michael A. Finney. Today’s projects, representing a variety of industries, mean more jobs and greater economic opportunities for people throughout Michigan.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved incentives for the following projects:

Michigan Business Development Program:

SL America Corp., a Tier 1 supplier of exterior lighting, gear shifters, electronics, and pedal modules for the automotive industry, is a subsidiary of South Korea-based SL Corporation. The company has outgrown its current facility in Sterling Heights and plans to expand into an existing building in the City of Auburn Hills, investing more than $8 million and creating 72 jobs. As a result of the expansion, the project has been awarded a $615,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Tennessee. The City of Auburn Hills has offered support to the project in the form of property tax abatement. Individuals interested in employment opportunities with SL America should visit www.sl-america.com, and www.slworld.com for additional information pertaining to SL Corporation.

Community Development Block Grants:

The Village of Cassopolis has been awarded $127,800 in Community Development Block Grant funds to be used toward infrastructure improvements for the Schwintek Inc. expansion project in Cassopolis. Schwintek, a manufacturer of Automatic Bimini Tops for the boating industry, is expanding its facility due to increased demand. The expansion will generate a total capital investment of $750,000 and create 10 jobs. The company has agreed that at least six of the jobs will be held by low to moderate income persons. For information on careers with Schwintek Inc., visit www.schwintek.com.

The City of Marquette has been awarded $481,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for the rehabilitation of the vacant, historic Delft Theater in downtown Marquette. The project will convert the vacant theater into a restaurant and dinner theater. The completed project will include a rooftop deck, a flexible stage for live events, and balcony seating. The CDBG funds will be used for interior and exterior building rehabilitation. The project will generate nearly $1.3 million in private investment and create 25 jobs, with at least 13 of the positions to be held by low to moderate income persons. The City of Marquette Downtown Development Authority will contribute $10,000 toward the project.

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 89,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

Stabenow, Levin Applaud Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding for Western Lake Erie Basin

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today applauded the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative announcement to allocate $807,000 to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to fight harmful algae blooms in the Great Lakes. This funding, which is part of a larger national investment to protect the Western Lake Erie Basin, will be used to expand conservation assistance incentives for farmers, improve how scientists measure phosphorus levels in Lake Erie, and help Great Lakes monitoring and forecasting capabilities to ensure our drinking water is safe.
‘The Great Lakes are critical to Michigan’s economy and our way of life,’ said Stabenow. ‘This funding will support Michigan farmers and conservation leaders who are working together to protect Lake Erie and ensure our families have safe, reliable drinking water. Today’s announcement highlights the important role federal support plays in making sure future water contamination crises are prevented.’
‘Since my days on the Detroit City Council, where we passed some of the nation’s first restrictions on phosphorus in detergents, phosphorus-fed algae blooms have been a problem for the Great Lakes,’ said Levin. ‘This funding will help strengthen efforts from agriculture, science and local communities to combat this problem.’
Sens. Stabenow and Levin led the effort to pass the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is a multi-year plan to restore and preserve the Great Lakes by eliminating toxins, combating invasive species, restoring habitats, and promoting the general health of the Lakes. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative announcement follows the July 2014 discovery of a toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that prevented communities in Southeast Michigan from drinking or using their tap water.

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Stabenow, Levin applaud Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding for western Lake Erie basin

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NASA TV Coverage Set for U.S. Cargo Ship’s Departure from International Space Station

After delivering almost 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station during a month-long stay, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory on Saturday, Oct. 25.

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Media Invited to Participate in Interactive Space Station Technology Forum

Media are invited to interact with NASA experts who will answer questions about technologies being demonstrated on the International Space Station (ISS) during “Destination Station: ISS Technology Forum” from 10 to 11 a.m. EDT (9 to 10 a.m. CDT) Monday, Oct. 27, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Army leaders say ethics integral part of all Soldiers’ actions

The Army profession demands that Soldiers adhere to the Army ethic at all times, Chief of Staff the Army Gen. Ray Odierno said, at an AUSA panel on “Why and How We Serve.”

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Pot Smokin Teachers Support Obama’s Healthy Food Agenda – FOR OTHERS

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Marquette, Mi - October 18, 2014 – None of the food in Obama’s healthy food mandate would satisfy a teacher on Pot

St Ignace Teacher Arrested for Pot Distrubution

Remember, people are innocent until proven guilty, but a teacher in St. Ignace was arrested for distributing Pot… something her medical Marijuana Card does not permit.

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Stabenow, Levin call for a delay of increase in electric bills for Upper Peninsula families, small businesses

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Stabenow, Levin Call for a Delay of Increase in Electric Bills for Upper Peninsula Families, Small Businesses

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to delay electric rate increases for families and businesses in the Upper Peninsula and act on the complaint filed by the Michigan Public Service Commission about these unjust and unreasonable rate hikes. The Upper Peninsula would have to pay nearly $100 million annually to operate the Presque Isle Power Plant, if the proposed electric rate increases are approved by FERC. This increase is scheduled to take place after December 1 and is the result of a regulatory decision made by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to force consumers in the Upper Peninsula to pay for 99 percent of the Presque Isle Power Plant’s operating costs. This decision by NERC upended an earlier federal finding that UP customers should be responsible for just 14 percent of the power plant’s operating costs. FERC shares oversight responsibilities and has a mandate to consider utility cost allocation issues. The Senators called for a moratorium on this decision while the agency considers the Michigan Public Service Commission’s complaint that these rate increases are not just and reasonable. The letter also encourages the agency to work with local stakeholders on a long-term solution to the UP’s power issues.
‘It is totally unacceptable that seniors, small businesses, and families across the UP are forced to pay for unjust and unreasonable rate increases, while the benefits of this plant are being shared with communities in other states,’ said Stabenow. ‘Many families in the UP already struggle with high utility expenses and shouldn’t have to decide between keeping the lights on and putting food on the table.’
‘Federal law requires that rate increases be reasonable and justifiable, and this proposed increase is neither,’ Levin said. ‘FERC should act promptly on Michigan’s request to protect Upper Peninsula consumers and businesses from the damage this unjustified rate hike would cause.’
The letter reads in part: ‘Residents and businesses in the region already pay extremely high energy costs because of the region’s significant power transmission and supply challenges. When coupled with the Upper Peninsula’s high unemployment, growing number of retirees, and an average median household income of only $39,400 – more than $13,000 lower than the national median – we are deeply concerned about the negative impact that these dramatic rate increases will have on seniors, the unemployed, small businesses, and others. Reports indicate that small businesses could be forced to shoulder annual increases of several hundred thousand dollars, which would create an unreasonable drag on the region’s economy.’
The full text of the letter can be found below:
October 17, 2014
The Honorable Cheryl A. LaFleurChairwomanFederal Energy Regulatory Commission888 First Street, N.E.Washington, DC 204246
Dear Chairwoman LaFleur:
We are writing to express our serious concerns about the unjust and unreasonable electric rate increases in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that will take effect after December 1. These drastic increases in the cost allocations are expected to cost nearly $100 million as a result of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s approval of a plan to arbitrarily split off Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as a new local balancing authority.
Residents and businesses in the region already pay extremely high energy costs because of the region’s significant power transmission and supply challenges. When coupled with the Upper Peninsula’s high unemployment, growing number of retirees, and an average median household income of only $39,400 – more than $13,000 lower than the national median – we are deeply concerned about the negative impact that these dramatic rate increases will have on seniors, the unemployed, small businesses, and others. Reports indicate that small businesses could be forced to shoulder annual increases of several hundred thousand dollars, which would create an unreasonable drag on the region’s economy.
The Michigan Public Service Commission and others have filed complaints with the FERC about this new cost allocation structure, specifically expressing concerns about the devastating effect it will have on the local economy and families. According to the Michigan Public Service Commission, splitting off a new local balancing authority for the Upper Peninsula does not improve the reliability of electric service in either Wisconsin or Michigan. Instead, the split will unfairly shift 99 percent of the costs of operating the Presque Isle Power Plant solely onto consumers in the Upper Peninsula despite some of the broader benefits that other areas receive from the plant’s operations. This would be a drastic increase from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s previous cost allocation formula for keeping the Presque Isle power plant operational to ensure the reliability of the power system.
Stakeholders in the region have been engaged in discussions regarding long-term energy options to address the area’s future power needs. As the Michigan Public Service Commission has noted, allowing the new cost allocation system to proceed could discourage investment in more efficient long-term solutions for the region. We urge you to delay these rate increases while you give serious consideration to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s complaint that these cost increases are neither just nor reasonable. We also encourage the FERC to work closely with residents, local businesses, state and local governments, and other stakeholders to find long-term solutions to the Upper Peninsula’s future power issues.
Sincerely,

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NASA Partners with Leading Technology Innovators to Enable Future Exploration

Recognizing that technology drives exploration, NASA has selected four teams of agency technologists for participation in the Early Career Initiative (ECI) pilot program. The program encourages creativity and innovation among early career NASA technologists by engaging them in hands-on technology development opportunities needed for future missions.

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