Month: August 2013

Governor issues statement in observance of Labor Day

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today issued the following statement in observance of Labor Day: “Michigan is the comeback state, and our reinvention could not happen without the hard work and dedication of the women and men of our talented work force. Today we stand together stronger than we have in a decade. More Michigan residents are working and earning more, businesses and farms are producing and exporting more, and our state’s population and economy continue to grow. These positive results have not come easily, but they reflect the collaboration and energy that abound in every corner of our state. We will continue to work with relentless, positive action to bring more and better jobs to our state and to provide a bright future for our kids. We observe Labor Day in honor of all of this hard work and I hope everyone throughout our great state enjoys a fun, safe Pure Michigan holiday weekend.” Bookmark It Hide...

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MDOT receives 31 responses on proposed P3 projects

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) efforts to gauge interest by the private sector in forming public-private partnerships (P3s) on several projects has produced 31 responses. Businesses and other entities submitted 12 “letters of interest” for proposed bridge work, 12 for freeway lighting projects, two for timber management and five for two US-127 rest areas. “We’re encouraged by the responses we’ve received and the possibilities of saving money, improving service and increasing safety,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “We will evaluate all of these responses and determine the viability of developing requests for qualifications and proposals.” The bridge P3 projects under consideration are: — Replacing the I-75 bridge decks over Fort Street and the Rouge River in Detroit. — Reconstructing bridges in two highway corridors: I-94, from Elm Road to US-127 in Jackson County; and I-94, from Euclid Avenue to US-31 in Berrien County. These are currently large corridor projects for which MDOT is actively seeking alternate means of project delivery while still administering the Five-Year Transportation Program. Respondents to the bridge projects seemed more interested in larger contracts ranging from $100 million to $600 million. Typical timeframes were between 30 and 40 years. Bridge companies entering into P3 agreements would be responsible for designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining the bridges. Regarding freeway lighting, MDOT proposed three P3 projects: — The entire state freeway lighting system –...

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Snyder: After 50 years, Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech continues to inspire Michiganders

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech: “It was Dr. King’s dream, but it was also a challenge. He called on Americans to embrace our Founding Fathers’ concept that we are created equal and said we should be judged by the content of our character and not by the color of our skin. “Dr. King recited his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago today, but his words still echo in our hearts and minds in Michigan today. “Inspired by Dr. King’s words, we have come far during the last 50 years. And we have more work to do. Let us pause to reflect on Dr. King’s dream, and continue striving for peace, justice and equality here in Michigan and beyond.” The Michigan Department of Civil Rights coordinated the state’s participation in “Let Freedom Ring!” a national commemoration of the address, delivered as part of the 1963 March on Washington. For more information on events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s speech and the March on Washington, go to www.mlkdream50.com. Embed code for Governor Snyder’s video statement: Bookmark It Hide...

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Snyder, MSHDA Launch Largest Residential Blight Removal Effort In State History

DETROIT – Gov. Snyder, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), and U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Mary Miller today kicked off the largest residential blight removal effort in state history at a news conference that featured the simultaneous demolition of five blighted and abandoned houses in a Detroit neighborhood. The governor announced in June the U.S. Treasury-approved program – the first of its kind in the nation – that allows MSHDA to use $100 million of its Hardest Hit Fund allocation for blight elimination. Today’s demolition near the University of Detroit-Mercy campus kicked off the campaign aimed at reducing foreclosures and stabilizing neighborhoods. It will reduce the number of vacant and abandoned properties in Detroit and four other Michigan cities: Flint, Grand Rapids, Pontiac and Saginaw. “Neighborhoods are the fabric of our cities,” Snyder said. “They must be strong and vibrant so our urban communities can thrive. Michigan’s aggressive and innovative blight reduction plan will help to stem the decay that often accompanies abandoned buildings. This local, state and federal partnership shows that we’re serious about revitalizing our cities. By encouraging residents who live in these neighborhoods to remain in their homes, we will rejuvenate our urban areas block by block.” The governor announced last week that Detroit will receive $52.3 million in anti-blight funding; Flint will get $20.1 million; Saginaw $11.2 million; Pontiac $3.7 million,...

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SGT’S Recycling Inc. Welcomes Major General Robert W Smith III USAR

You are cordially invited to attend our very special ceremony   SGT’S Recycling Inc. is honored to welcome: Major General Robert W Smith III USAR   Please help us celebrate a historical day as “Major Bob” will award the SGT’S Team for its’ commitment to Veteran job fulfillment. We are also privileged to be able to present a most deserving local Veteran with an electric wheelchair donated by an area family! Wednesday, August 28, 2013 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST Seating starts at 12:30 Facility Tours and Light Refreshments immediately after. No RSVP necessary-Please extend this invitation to anyone who appreciates our cause. SGT’S Recycling Inc. 1600 N 30TH (Next to Bink’s Coca-Cola) Escanaba, MI 49829 steve@sgtsrecycling.com (906) 398-9660   Bookmark It Hide...

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