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New $148M manufacturing research institute to open in Canton this spring

A heavy investment in terms of dollars and jobs has been made in a new high-tech lightweight metals research facility.


"The $148-million high-tech manufacturing research institute announced Saturday by the White House is expected to bring 10,000 jobs to the Midwest and is to open this spring in Canton, the University of Michigan announced Sunday.

The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute will be led by U-M, Ohio-based manufacturing technology nonprofit EWI and Ohio State University.

More than 50 other companies, universities and nonprofits across the U.S. will be involved in the public-private partnership to be headquartered in Canton, with key support in Columbus, Ohio."

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Monroe ranks 3rd on CNN Money list of nation's most affordable small cities

The quaint downriver community of Monroe has made a quality-of-life list worth perusing.


"Located about midway between Detroit and Toledo, Ohio, Monroe had a vibrant auto supply industry. One famous brand named for the town is Monroe Shocks & Struts, which has retail locations all over the country. Its parent company, Tenneco, is still headquartered in town."

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Metro Detroit home sale prices up 38% year-over-year

Heading into the spring buying season, home sale prices are blooming in the tri-county area.


"January marked the 11th straight month that metro Detroit median home sales prices rose by double-digits, climbing 38 percent year-over year to $110,000 according to Realcomp."

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Alaska Airlines becomes second new airline at DTW in last year

Now business and leisure travelers have more reasons to go to and from Metro Detroit. And, more people land jobs when new airlines come into town.


"This week, Seattle-based  Alaska Airlines  announced it will become the second new carrier to add service this year at Detroit Metro, with a nonstop daily flight between Detroit and Seattle starting Sept. 4. New York-based  JetBlue Airways Corp.  announced in October that it will offer three flights a day from Detroit to Boston starting March 10.

Other new flights have been announced recently. Denver-based  Frontier Airlines  will offer a flight from Detroit to Wilmington, Del., starting April 29, and Delta will offer a second daily flight to London starting June 1."

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Detroit's John K. King Used and Rare Books one of world's best bookstores

Its million-plus selection of books is enough to fill a factory, which Detroit's John K. King Books does. The choices are voluminous enough to land it on Business Insider's list of the world'd best bookstores.


"Cardboard signs, musty paperback aromas, and a hand-scrawled map out of a Wes Anderson panic attack are your only tour guides as you lose track of time and the person you came with," writes Megan Cytron  at Trazzler.

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Nominations Open for 2014 Regional Transit Awards

From now through February 28, the public has a voice in the shape of mass transit to come. Transportation Riders United is seeking award nominations for area individuals who have been dedicated to making southeast Michigan's regional transit system a reality.

Award categories include:
Transit Employee of the Year
Corporate Transit Champion Award
Exemplary Innovation Award
Under 30 Breakthrough Transit Champion
Unsung Hero Award
Forward Motion Award for Most Effective Public Service

Make your nominations here until February 28.

Take heart, Detroit! City ranks 4th best city for singles in the country

Take heart, Detroit! Right in time for V-Day, Nerd Wallet.com releases its list of the nation's best cities for singles.


"Detroit's place on this list is boosted by the highest percentage of unmarried residents among the cities examined—with 77.9 percent of folks not having a ring on it. Motown's cost of a date is the second-lowest of all cities, and although the local economy isn't great, things seem to be improving—the unemployment rate has fallen over the last couple months."

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Detroit public transit: What fantasy looks like

Check out what visionaries over at Wired magazine think Detroit's transit system oughtta be.

See the map here.

Metro Detroit brewery and meaderies make Ratebeer.com's Best Beers list

Metro Detroiters don't need to thirst for some of the nation's best beer and mead. It's made locally by Warren's Kuhnhenn Brewing and B. Nektar Meadery and Schramm's Mead in Ferndale.

See the full list here.

Creative arts sector is worth billions to Michigan economy, study finds

When ArtServe Michigan added the for-profit arts sector into its annual report on the creative economy,  it found the arts' economic impact picture got that much larger: among other findings, for-profit businesses contribute nearly three percent of both total state employment and total wage.


"The big four counties — Wayne, Macomb, Oakland and Washtenaw — together account for 70 percent of all wages paid by creative industries.

And while many parts of the state economy took a hit in 2008, notably manufacturing, according to the report arts-related employment increased 15 percent from 2006 to 2011. The number of arts-related businesses grew by 65 percent over the same period."

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New Economy Initiative receives $33M in funding for new entrepreneurial, workforce programs

A new round of funding is set to go towards entrepreneurial and workforce re-training efforts in the Detroit area.


"The New Economy Initiative's goal is to return greater Detroit to global prominence in innovation and entrepreneurship, and the effort's organizers said Monday it is moving closer to accomplishing what it set out to do, with the help of $33.25 million in new funding from 10 foundations.

The NEI, a project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, announced Monday that the funding will help support its efforts over the next three years, after awarding $76 million in grants in its first round of funding. That money helped fuel the work of some 35,000 entrepreneurs, who created more than 675 new companies and 8,000 new jobs in southeast Michigan, according to NEI organizers."

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Warren-based Warrior Sports to outfit Olympic men's hockey players

Warrior Sports is fast becoming athletic outfitter to the world's sports stars. Players from a dozen national teams at the Olympics will be facing off in the hockey rink with Warrior sticks, gloves, helmets and masks.


"When the men's ice hockey competition begins at the Winter Olympics next week in Russia, nearly a hundred players — including  Detroit Red Wings  Henrik Zetterberg, playing for Sweden, and Jimmy Howard, playing for the United States — will be using equipment from Warren-based  Warrior Sports Inc....

The company — launched in founder David Morrow's  Princeton University  dorm room in 1992 as a manufacturer of handmade titanium lacrosse sticks — has grown into a retailer of equipment, footwear and apparel for lacrosse, soccer, ice hockey and general lifestyle wear...

...Warrior made its first major move into global branding in 2011 when it signed a six-year contract to provide uniforms — known as kits — for the  English Premier League  soccer club  Liverpool FCbeginning in 2012. Warrior replaced German sporting goods giant  Adidas AG."

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Wall St. Journal spotlights facelift of Mt. Brighton ski resort

Check out this photo essay on Vail Resorts' refurbishing of Mt. Brighton ski resort, which is debuting its new facelift. Mt. Brighton isn't the Rocky Mountains, but many local skiers and snowboarders have come of age on its slopes.

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Brighton High School robotics team builds game-playing robot

Brighton High's best and brightest are building robot playmates at the GM Proving Grounds. Play ball!


"The Brighton High School robotics team doesn't step into the spotlight often, but that's starting to change.

The team's Frisbee-throwing robot squared off with Zeke the Wonder Dog during a recent halftime performance at the Brighton girls varsity basketball game, according to the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus ( http://bit.ly/1jXduFN ). The student-designed robot threw Frisbees that were caught by Zeke, who performs during Michigan State University games.

The robot is controlled by a joystick and computer, and it can roll as fast as someone walking quickly.

The 30-member team has also plunged into its next project, which is designing a robot that can throw exercise balls through targets."

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U.S. automakers post healthy sales gains in 2013

With unit sales up between 7 and 11% in 2013, GM, Ford, and Chrysler are looking fashionable again.


"Five years after the biggest decline in U.S. auto sales since the Great Depression and mere weeks after the U.S. Treasury sold the last of its  GM  GM  -3.47%  stock and  FiatF.MI  -3.41%  finagled the last of Chrysler from the United Auto Workers, the American giants were once again striding the aisles of Cobo Center (formerly Cobo Hall), the riverside address of the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit. The Corvette ZO6 is so sharp you could open an artery on it. The 2015 Ford Mustang—with an independent rear suspension, if that means anything to you—is even more wonderfully voracious and bratty, a horse that bites. Love it."

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