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Amy Lane is a former reporter for Crain's Detroit Business, where she covered utilities, state government and state business for many years.

Community buy-in in West Michigan is improving water life

Business, nonprofit and city officials working toward a common goal are bringing the rapids back to Grand Rapids, and cleaning up a beloved lake near Holland.

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Bridge Magazine poll: Detroit’s hopeful about future, Duggan in driver’s seat

In a bankrupt city challenged by crime and other problems, you might expect Detroiters to have low hopes for the future. But a new poll, coming as citizens face the Nov. 5 election to choose a new mayor, suggests otherwise. Although more […]

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What business wants from Detroit’s next mayor

Bridge contributor Amy Lane talked to Business Leaders for Michigan CEO Doug Rothwell about the results of a new Detroit mayoral election poll, commissioned by BLM and The Center for Michigan. Bridge: What is the business community looking for in a new […]

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Bridge’s Top 9 totally unscientific great places to go that you might not have heard of

Michigan has about 15,000 places on its official tourism website. Chances are, you’ve heard a lot about Mackinac Island and Sleeping Bear Dunes, but the Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival, not so much. As the summer tourism season opens, Bridge went looking for […]

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Road repair enjoys bipartisan support

On Michigan’s Right to Work law, labor activist Mark Schauer and business advocate Rich Studley could not have sought more different results. But when it comes to working on Michigan’s crumbling roads — an issue that’s arisen in Lansing nearly as frequently […]

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What does an additional penny of gas tax buy?

For each penny of gas or diesel tax, Michigan gets about $45 million for transportation funding needs that include roads. There are lots of road cost variables, but that $45 million might buy, for example, 23 more lane miles of reconstructed roads […]

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Inflation takes bite out of road repairs

Michigan citizens know the pocketbook pressures of rising prices for such everyday items as bread, milk and even the occasional beer. But less evident are the increased costs of the materials needed to build and repair the roads on which they drive. […]

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In Northern Michigan, a life made in glass

Jay Bavers and Glenna Haney labor in a small studio in the Northern Michigan community of East Jordan. But their blown-glass creations have garnered fans from Lansing to Siberia. Jordan Valley Glassworks, which Bavers and Haney co-own, is a business built on […]

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One man’s appetite for snacks leads to growing Northern Michigan firm

Ed Girrbach likes potato chips. So much so, he’s put money, determination and business acumen toward a made-in-Michigan venture that is frying 20,000 pounds of raw potatoes a week in the hills outside of Traverse City. The Great Lakes Potato Chip Co., […]

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Feds leave small harbors dredging for cash

It’s taking plenty of $100 checks and some larger amounts, fundraisers and perseverance. But with a big slice of their economic future at stake, members of the small waterfront community of Pentwater are banding together to pay for something Washington, D.C., no […]

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Snyder builds tax plan on complicated tax credit math

The Snyder administration’s plan to give tax relief to businesses by reducing the personal property tax rests … on the end of tax breaks for businesses. Yes, you read that correctly. Over the next several years, Michigan will stop sending hundreds of […]

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Prospects brighten for Mich. heavyweights

At Kelly Services Inc., business is good — quite good. In Michigan alone last year, the global staffing company placed approximately 2,500 more people in positions than it did in 2010, spanning industries and all lines of Kelly’s business: temporary help, temp-to-hire […]

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Housing, office furniture still under economic clouds

The economic signs are encouraging; company financials have improved. But some sectors of Michigan’s economy still are navigating bumpy terrain. Office furniture production has climbed up from a 2009 trough, but, after seeing gains in 2010 and 2011, U.S. production is expected […]

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Rust and the rest: Reinventing cities

When Chattanooga made the national news one evening in 1969, it wasn’t for a good reason. Air pollution had won the Tennessee industrial center the federal designation of being the dirtiest city in America. It was “a real wakeup call,” said Mayor […]

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Double-down on strengths, urban report advises Michigan

Revitalizing Michigan’s cities and urban areas doesn’t begin and end at their borders. Michigan needs to build off the strengths and potential of its metropolitan areas and employ regional strategies, accompanied by strategic urban focus, suggests a new report commissioned by the […]

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Urban chief outlines new normal for cities

Harvey Hollins III is the director of the Michigan Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives and is a principal adviser to Gov. Rick Snyder on urban economic development. He is a loaned executive through the Council of Michigan Foundations, and his salary […]

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