Jonathan Oosting Detroit News Lansing Bureau Published 4:13 p.m. UTC Jun 6, 2018 A series of new billboards in Detroit aim to jump start stalled auto insurance reform talks in the Michigan Legislature by sarcastically thanking lawmakers for sky-high rates. “Thanks, Lansing!” declare the advertisements, which promote a “driver’s choice” auto insurance reform plan similar to the one backed last fall by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. The legislation was rejected in the Republican-led House amid opposition from most Democrats. An advertisement at Adelaide and Gratiot near Detroit’s Eastern Market features a resident complaining his car insurance costs more than his car payments. Another compares rates in Chicago and Detroit, routinely cited as one of the most expensive cities in the nation for auto insurance. The billboards are paid for by Detroiters for Change, a non-profit that is not required to disclose donors and has ties to … [Read more...] about Thanks, Lansing: Billboards mock high auto insurance rates
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Louis Aguilar The Detroit News Published 12:55 p.m. UTC May 23, 2018 Dan Gilbert, the billionaire who has overhauled downtown Detroit by resurrecting historic buildings, sealed one of his biggest Motor City deals yet by getting final approval Tuesday for a $618 million tax incentive plan. The largest tax subsidy ever awarded in Michigan will fuel Gilbert's $2.2 billion plan to create the tallest building in the city on the empty Hudson’s block on Woodward Avenue; develop three acres of mainly vacant space on the Monroe Block; renovate the equivalent of seven football fields of interior space at the long-dormant Book Tower and Building on Washington Boulevard; and add an 11-story annex to the One Campus Martius building. “These landmark developments are a milestone representing Detroit’s credible new era of hope, optimism and growth,” Gilbert said in a statement. “This process has been an outstanding example of … [Read more...] about Gilbert seals $618M tax incentive package for 4 Detroit projects
ALICE YIN, Associated Press Updated 7:54 am, Saturday, May 12, 2018 Photo: Alice Yin, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 In a photo from May 4, 2018, Dakota Carter, a graduate of Charlotte High School revisits its campus in Charlotte, Mich. Carter, 19, now works as a car mechanic and credits his success to a career and technical training program at his high school – the type that would be promoted by Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed Marshall Plan for Talent. less In a photo from May 4, 2018, Dakota Carter, a graduate of Charlotte High School revisits its campus in Charlotte, Mich. Carter, 19, now works as a car mechanic and credits his success to a career and technical ... more Photo: Alice Yin, AP Can Snyder's 'Marshall Plan' fill the Michigan talent gap? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery LANSING, Mich. (AP) — … [Read more...] about Can Snyder’s ‘Marshall Plan’ fill the Michigan talent gap?
Updated 7:44 am, Thursday, May 10, 2018 Photo: Alan Diaz, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - This Jan. 17, 2017, file photo shows a Ford sign at an auto dealership, in Hialeah, Fla. There’s no apparent signs that Wall Street is worried about a plant fire that is forcing Ford to cut back on production of its F-150 pickup, the top-selling vehicle in America. The company suspended F-150 and Super Duty production in several cities. less FILE - This Jan. 17, 2017, file photo shows a Ford sign at an auto dealership, in Hialeah, Fla. There’s no apparent signs that Wall Street is worried about a plant fire that is forcing Ford to cut back on ... more Photo: Alan Diaz, AP Wall Street shrugs off Ford cutback in F-150 production 1 / 1 Back to Gallery DETROIT (AP) — There are no apparent signs that … [Read more...] about Wall Street shrugs off Ford cutback in F-150 production
Google’s Jesse Haines is one of the speakers at VentureBeat’s inaugural Blueprint conference, taking place on March 5-7 in Reno, Nevada. At Blueprint, speakers including Haines will discuss how tech companies can create higher paying jobs across the U.S. and expand economic opportunity for all. In October 2017, Google launched a new initiative called Grow with Google, which aims to help Americans get the skills they need to get a job or grow their business. Specifically, the program targets students and teachers, small business owners, job seekers, startups, and developers through a number of initiatives. Grow with Google is also touring the U.S. to offer in-person digital skills training in a number of cities, having already visited Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Oklahoma City. Haines is the director of Grow with Google, having previously served as the director of Google’s accessories division. This interview has been edited for clarity and length. … [Read more...] about Google’s Jesse Haines to discuss the future of workforce training at VentureBeat’s Blueprint event