Business Bridge

In partnership with Crain’s Detroit Business, Business Bridge covers the intersection of business, politics and policy across Michigan.


Flint water, city schools on agenda at Mackinac biz conference

June 2, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

At odds over betting: Michigan’s last two horse tracks battle over electronic wagering

May 15, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

Michigan looks to lead on regulation of autonomous vehicles

May 1, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

Michigan’s company towns: striking a balance with powerful employers

April 11, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

East Jordan: Iron Works changes name, not commitment to hometown

April 11, 2016 | Tom Henderson

Even as company grows globally, family keeps it home in Michigan villag

Battle Creek: Changing tastes, economy strain link to Kellogg

April 11, 2016 | Dustin Walsh

A need to adapt when fewer people are eating cerea

Benton Harbor: Whirlpool seeks balance in southwest Michigan homes

April 11, 2016 | Dustin Walsh

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.

Greenville: Moving past Electrolux

April 11, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Town puts focus on regional economic development, skilled trade

Midland: Leaders say Dow Chemical is committed to city’s future

April 11, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Thinking positively about a merger in a town inextricably linked to the chemical company

Flint water crisis could threaten Pure Michigan campaign success

March 28, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Business leaders say they must work harder now to attract companies to Michigan in the wake of ongoing negative publicity

Mission Improbable: Selling Flint in wake of crisis

March 28, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Efforts aim to counter lead crisis with Flint positive

Not dead yet: Movies still percolating in Michigan despite lapsed incentives

March 28, 2016 | Marti Benedetti

Newly renamed film, media office promotes job growt

Pure confusion?

March 20, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Revamp of state travel website aims to put tourists on right road to Michigan

Why a Florida company is designing the Pure Michigan website

March 17, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Miles Media was neither the highest nor lowest bidder out of the 22 firms vying for the contract

Old money, new direction: Who will Michigan’s big donors back, After Jeb?

February 26, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Following Jeb Bush’s flameout from the 2016 presidential race, some powerful GOP donors in Michigan are deciding who to support now

MEDC awards $400,000 contract to rebuild Michigan's website to Florida-based company

February 24, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Miles Media Group LLP, based in Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday won a nearly $400,000 contract to rebuild from the Michigan Strategic Fund, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corp

State senator’s plan would burn DPS debt with tobacco revenue

February 15, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

No bill has been introduced yet, but money from national tobacco settlement would support the governor’s two-district plan to address DPS money problems while keeping the district functioning

Powerful law firms step up Lansing lobbying efforts

February 7, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Honigman law firm, which recently snagged Gov. Snyder’s chief of staff Dennis Muchmore, is one of several firms adding to its lobbying presence in the capital to influence legislation for clients.

Bill would restrict ads for the state’s Medicaid expansion program

February 7, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republican senators say the state has advertised enough, while defenders say frequent turnover among those seeking insurance requires constant education.

State seeks to eliminate tax credit for auto insurers

February 7, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

The increased use of the tax credit could cost the state $80 million in annual revenue if it is not addressed