Michigan Business, Economy & Tourism


5:06 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

State's lease of railcars costing money while they remain unused

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:51 am

Twenty-three passenger railcars have been sitting unused since MDOT got them in 2010, raising question of whether they are a waste of Michigan money, or a good investment that could help Michigan in the future.

The state hopes to use them for the proposed commuter rails between Ann Arbor and Detroit, and between Ann Arbor and Howell.

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4:49 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Detroit-made lava cakes will soon be on Air France flights

Mini strawberry lava cakes made by Chloe Sabatier of Chez Chloe in Detroit.

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 10:44 am

Detroit-made mini lava cakes will soon be featured on Air France flights starting March 1.

Parisian-born Chloe Sabatier is the owner of Chez Chloe in Detroit where she specializes in traditional French lava cakes. She was stunned to learn her cakes would be on-board flights Air France flights from Detroit to Paris.

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Northwestern Michigan College
10:23 am
Thu February 19, 2015

College faculty get union ballots

Faculty members at Northwestern Michigan College will soon decide if they want a union. Ballots are being mailed today to 89 instructors at the community college in Traverse City.

The faculty has not publicly stated what it hopes to gain from a union. A spokeswoman for the Michigan Education Association, the organizing unit, declined to comment on the vote.

Marguerite Cotto, NMC’s vice president of lifelong and professional learning, says the concerns she’s aware of include issues like faculty wanting more say in how employees are evaluated.

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Michigan Business & Economy
11:05 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Future of classic cars is ‘gray’ – but the market is supercharged

1959 Austin-Healey
Credit David Cassleman

The Beach Boys hit “409” is testament to a time when car culture was king in the United States – only in America could you write a song about an automobile engine.

Now some worry that the age of car culture is ending.

But one of the biggest employers in Traverse City says business is still strong in the world of collector and classic cars. 

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11:22 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Technology pushes companies to work for us

The NikePlus platform lets runners connect with each other and engage with Nike in developing new products.

The Next Idea

The world is rapidly changing, in case you haven’t noticed.  How we fundamentally interact with businesses, with government, and with each other is moving in directions that we are only starting to comprehend.

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