Monday, November 11, 2013

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Lansing Builds The Car Of The Year

Michigan auto workers can still build a great car, and Motor Trend magazine agrees. Motor Trend has named the Cadillac CTS its 2014 Car of the Year. As reported by the Lansing State Journal, Cadillac revamped the CTS for 2014, and the remodeling has paid off.

Cadillac manufactures the CTS at its Lansing Grand River plant. The plant built its one-millionth car in September, which coincidentally was a 2014 CTS. The CTS previously won Motor Trend Car of the Year honors in 2008.

Detroit Housing Market Rebounds

Detroit's housing market may not be strong, but it is improving. MLive reports that Detroit led the nation's housing recovery for the third quarter according to a study. Detroit's home sale prices have been climbing at a double digit rate since March, although the median home price is still extremely low.

With Detroit's revitalized Downtown and Midtown, hopefully more people will move into the city and continue to improve home prices.

Marquette Tourism Has A Strong 2013

The Mining Journal reports that Marquette County tourism has been strong this year and that tourism spending in the Upper Peninsula increased 10 to 11 percent this summer. The article lists the many attractions in the U.P. that have contributed to the tourism growth, such as beaches, kayaking, biking, brew pubs, mining museums, waterfalls and fall foliage.

The U.P.'s close proximity to metro areas such as Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis also makes it a desirable and easy destination for a large number of travelers.

Giving Back In Grand Rapids

Nonprofits that rely on donations for operating costs may not have the funds or human capital to develop websites, databases or other important technology needs. GiveCamp, a nationwide group of technology professionals, tries to help these nonprofits who are struggling to keep up with evolving technology.

Grand Rapids nonprofits received donated technology services this past weekend through GiveCamp. The Grand Rapids Business Journal reports that this is the fourth year that GiveCamp has come to Grand Rapids. The program on average provides 150 volunteers to 20 nonprofits each year with total donated services of approximately $250,000.

Michigan Entrepreneurs Compete For Prize Money

This week, entrepreneurs from across the state will come to Detroit to participate in Accelerate Michigan. Michipreneur reports that the three day event at the Guardian Building, Westin Book Cadillac and Orchestra Hall will provide a total of $1 million in awards. The entrepreneurs in attendance will represent a diverse group of businesses, including entries from the manufacturing, technology and bio-medical fields.

Detroit Has Initiative

According to DBusiness magazine, Detroit is going to be a member of the 10,000 Small Business Initiative, which provides small business owners with more than 100 hours of intensive training from business experts. Detroit small business owners also will receive capital, mentorships, networking and education through the initiative.

Detroit will be the 17th city to join the 10,000 Small Business Initiative, which has provided tangible, positive results to small businesses throughout the country. A formal announcement of Detroit's acceptance into the program is scheduled for November 26 at Eastern Market.

Is The Roar Restored?

1957. The year the Detroit Lions last won an NFL Championship. Dwight Eisenhower was president, and the Super Bowl would not be played for another nine seasons. 1957 marked the Lions third NFL championship in the 1950s. Since then, Lions fans have watched their team fall far from its once great heights. The Lions rarely have come close to the mountaintop again.

Today the Lions are 6-3 and in sole possession of first place in the NFC north after their 21-19 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field and the Eagles victory over the Packers. Some might say it's too early to talk about another NFL championship in Detroit, but you cannot talk about "too early" when your city has waited more than 50 years for a football champion. This might not be the year, but let us Lions fans dream.

Anthony Bourdain, Friend or Fiend?

CNN's Anthony Bourdain featured Detroit in his show Parts Unknown last night. Twitter was full of comments about the show. Some people hated the ruin porn and felt that Downtown and Midtown should have been featured more. Others, including myself, felt the ruins of Detroit were handled with respect (unlike the recent 60 Minutes feature) and enjoyed Bourdain's visits to restaurants and locales that are not part of mainstream Detroit...the show is called "Parts Unknown" after all, not "Parts We All Know About Already."

In the end, Bourdain enjoyed his time in Detroit, and had some truly wonderful things to say about our great American city. He sums up the pain, heart and soul of the city here. Seems like Detroit has a new friend.

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