In partnership with Crain’s Detroit Business, Business Bridge covers the intersection of business, politics and policy across Michigan.
Venture capitalists point to the credit as a way to make Michigan competitive with other states for startup funding, which they say sends the message that Michigan welcomes entrepreneurs.
But the American Center for Mobility still lacks $60 million in federal funding said to be needed for the project, which is expected to open in 2018.
Out-of-state companies are looking establish offices in Michigan to be closer to the state’s auto industry. Economic development leaders hope this will boost the state’s cachet as a leader in the nascent mobility industry
Conflicting bills are prompting a debate over the mission and funding of community colleges, with four-year colleges and universities defending their turf
Transportation officials say the sensors on southeast Michigan roads are designed to alert connected and driverless cars of the future to potential hazards, and help the state take the technological lead in automated driving.
A proposal by the Senate energy committee chair is meant to address the Michigan Chamber’s concern about alternative energy mandates. Environmentalists say the new measure could make it harder for them to intervene.
As Gov. Rick Snyder seeks to focus his message on Michigan’s future, the jury remains out on whether his administration, post-Flint, has the clout to help shape solutions for Detroit schools, statewide infrastructure repair and other policy priorities
The last time Michigan’s infrastructure performance was measured was 2009; when we were bottom in the nation. Then things got worse.
The proposed Detroit Education Commission is the centerpiece of a debt-relief proposal in Lansing favored by the governor, and the city’s mayor, business and education establishment. On the other side: Michigan’s charter school industry.
The annual conference on Mackinac Island, a wonkfest of deep policy discussion and open bars, will address some of the state’s most vexing infrastructure and education issues.
Hazel Park Raceway (thoroughbreds) and Northville Downs (harness racing) are battling to the wire over a bill intended to help preserve Michigan’s race industry.
The state is one of the first to pass laws on the driverless cars of the near future. One lawmaker says he hopes Michigan can be a model for others.
For decades, dominant industries in small towns have meant jobs, money and economic and civic spinoffs. They can also cause jitters and economic heartache. Here's a look at five Michigan towns with an outsized corporate resident.
Even as company grows globally, family keeps it home in Michigan villag
A need to adapt when fewer people are eating cerea
Spanning the river-split towns of overwhelmingly poor and African American Benton Harbor and far more affluent and white St. Joseph, Whirlpool has struggled to align its corporate imperatives with its community responsibilities.
Thinking positively about a merger in a town inextricably linked to the chemical company
Business leaders say they must work harder now to attract companies to Michigan in the wake of ongoing negative publicity