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  Breaking News

Michigan House Transportation Plan Needs New, Old Legislation
LANSING - The transportation funding plan floated by House Speaker Jase Bolger and his colleagues nearly two weeks ago and planned for discussion in the House Appropriations and Transportation and Infrastructure committees on Thursday will need both already introduced bills and newly drafted legislation, supporters said Wednesday.


Register By April 30 To Find Your DREAMJOB At Ford Field
LANSING - Job seekers looking to participate in the state’s largest-ever job matchmaking summit face a fast-approaching deadline to apply online for the 1,200 jobs at Pure Michigan DREAMJOB being held in June at Ford Field.


ITC Holdings Outlines Five-Year Plan, Announces Share Repurchase Program
NOVI - ITC Holdings Corp. Tuesday announced its new five-year capital investment plan that calls for the nation's largest independent electric transmission company to spend about $4.5 billion through 2018.


LTU Gets $697,000 Grant To Help Make Engineers Think Like Entrepreneurs
SOUTHFIELD - Lawrence Technological University has received a three-year $697,000 grant from the Wisconsin-based Kern Family Foundation to support further expansion of entrepreneurial-minded learning in the curricula for undergraduate engineering students.


Report Shows State Has Lowest Labor Participation Rate Of Region
LANSING - Michigan's labor force participation rate - a statistic considered important to show how many people are working or looking for work - of 60.2 percent is relatively unchanged from a year ago and is the lowest rate of the Great Lakes states, according to an economic report from the state.


Snyder Launches Recycling Plan Names Council
LANSING - Governor Rick Snyder announced Monday his plan to increase recycling in the state and named the Recycling Council that will oversee implementation of that plan.


Internet Advisor: Gov. Snyder Talks Cybersecurity, STEM, Entrepreneurs
DETROIT - The Internet Advisor welcomed Michigan’s Chief Nerd in Residence, Governor Rick Snyder to WJR’s studios. Michigan’s CEO discussed: Cyber Range to help combat cyber attacks, STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education for our Michigan youth, and The entrepreneurial culture and how it affects growing technology businesses in Michigan. MITechNews.Com Editor Mike Brennan also provided this week’s tech headlines.


Internet Advisor Podcast: Microsoft Office, Amazon Fire Vs Roku
DETROIT - Rick Broida is way too young to be a curmudgeon, but he’s getting there quickly! In this show Rick, our Gadget Guy and noted Cheapskate columnist takes a common sense, hard-nosed look at Microsoft Office… Alternatives to the world’s premiere office suite. The Internet Advisor also discusses the Set Top Boxes Battle for Your TV: Amazon Fire vs. Roku. MITechNews.Com Editor Mike Brennan also discusses the top tech headlines for the week.

  Cyber Defense

Obama Keeps Cybersecurity Loopholes Citing National Security
WASHINGTON DC - While President Obama has decided that the National Security Agency should reveal most major flaws it discovers in Internet security, a loophole exists that could allow the agency to exploit flaws for surveillance purposes, The New York Times reported Saturday.


Heartbleed Bug Found In Cisco Routers, Juniper Gear
WASHINGTON DC - The encryption bug that has the Internet on high alert also affects the equipment that connects the Web.


PlugVolt Webinar Key Trends, What's Next For Energy Storage
DETROIT – Next Energy will host a webinar April 30 that will explore NextEnergy's capabilities, and a sneak preview of NextEnergy's Li Ion battery value chain. This work is primarily focused on automotive applications.


DTE Energy E-Challenge To Showcase Advanced Lighting Technology
DETROIT – DTE Energy and NextEnergy are partnering with the Engineering Society of Detroit to recognize and support energy efficiency technology innovation for its commercial, light industrial, and municipal electric customers through the DTE Energy E-Challenge for Energy Efficiency.

  Entrepreneur's Corner

WayFounder Opens Online Competition For Consumer Products, Mobile Apps
LOS ANGELES - WayFounder has opened its first quarterly online competition, geared at sourcing great ideas from consumers who are not able to assume the risks inherent in founding a new company.


The Hatching Business Incubator Hatched In Lansing
LANSING - There’s a new mentoring program for entrepreneurs in the Lansing area launched by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, the economic development organization for the capital region, and Michigan State University’s Spartan Innovations spinout business accelerator.


MichBio Offers Five New Bioscience Jobs
ANN ARBOR – Looking for a bioscience job? MichBio has five available in its Career Center.


How Big Data and Mobile Technology Are Revolutionizing Health Care
ANN ARBOR - The right strategic investor can bring a lot more than capital. At a time when getting funding from traditional venture capital firms has become harder to come by, many small life science companies are benefiting from relationships with corporate partners, including frequently as investors. Today, corporate partners are more abundant than ever and are looking to fund promising small companies earlier in their development.


$3.7 Million In Grants, Tax Abatements To Leverage $10.2 MIllion In Investment
LANSING - What does $3.7 million in grants and tax abatements buy you? About $10.2 million in new investments in the state that could generate 165 new jobs.


$3.7 Million In Grants, Tax Abatements To Leverage $10.2 MIllion In Investment
LANSING - What does $3.7 million in grants and tax abatements buy you? About $10.2 million in new investments in the state that could generate 165 new jobs.

  New Products/Contracts

Finding Securing Economic Development Incentives For Automotive Suppliers
DETROIT - Financial incentives are vital to the growth and success of the automotive industry in Michigan. Whether you are expanding current facilities, acquiring or building new plants, or hiring, training, and retaining a qualified workforce, economic incentives are an important part of the planning process. To learn more, join Warner’s Economic Incentive Group for a free webinar on April 30.


Toyota Technical Center Promotes Fiffth American Chief Engineer
ANN ARBOR - Toyota Technical Center, a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, has promoted promotion the fifth American Chief Engineer, Monte Kaehr of the Toyota Camry.

  Guest Columns

Michigan Food And Beverage Association Praises State’s New Recycling Plan
WARREN - The Michigan Food and Beverage Association and its sister organization, the Michigan Business and Professional Association praised Governor Rick Snyder’s announcement Monday introducing a comprehensive statewide recycling plan.


Why a Permanent Road Funding Solution Matters
DETROIT - In today's global economy, businesses have a virtually unlimited number of choices where to locate or expand to grow jobs. The places that will win the battle for those jobs are those that provide the most value relative to their costs. In Michigan, we've made tremendous strides to compete on costs, but we have work to do in some critical value areas, including the quality of our infrastructure.

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