Lake Trust Credit Union Announces New $30 Million Brighton Township Headquarters

(LANSING, MI) – Lake Trust Credit Union announced plans today to build a new $30 million headquarters on approximately 17-acre site adjoining US 23 just north of I-96 near Brighton.  Lake Trust is also committed to expanding the credit unions’ retail network throughout Michigan, including in Lansing and Plymouth.  Lake Trust plans to invest a total of $40 million in Michigan over the next five years. “We’re really excited to make this announcement... [Read More...]

Steady Job Growth Will Continue for Several Michigan Counties

Last week, the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy released a regional employment study that showed an impressive growth plan for the area. The study covered Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Shiawassee counties. Job growth is accompanied by slowly declining unemployment and relatively tame price inflation. The unemployment rate in the region, which has improved each year... [Read More...]

U-M Economists to Deliver Three-Year Regional Jobs Forecast for Economic Growth Alliance at Lapeer Country Club

WATERFORD, Mich.  – Feb. 12, 2013 – University of Michigan economists Dr. George Fulton and Donald Grimes will be giving a three-year snapshot of the regional employment forecast at a luncheon on Feb. 21 at the Lapeer Country Club. The event, sponsored by the seven-county Economic Growth Alliance, begins at noon on Feb. 21 at the country club located at 3786 Hunt Road in Lapeer. The cost is $15 and is open to the public. Those interested in attending... [Read More...]

Wind Energy Company Clean Green Energy LCC Secures $25 Million in Project Financing

Brighton, MI — Clean Green Energy LLC (“CGE”) announces that they have secured $25 million in project financing enabling full funding of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) installations of their WIND•e20® vertical axis wind turbine. Contracted last year, Shannon Swartz of PierPoint Mortgage acts as credit manager for CGE’s wind projects. In their initial round of financial support, Mr. Swartz looks forward to supporting CGE’s... [Read More...]

SPARK Visits DC for MichAGAIN

Written by Phil Santer, Senior Business Development Manager, Livingston County I’ve just returned from Ann Arbor SPARK’s latest MichAGAIN event in Washington, DC. We had the opportunity to hear from Bill Milliken, who returned to Michigan after working in DC with NASA, and some terrific organizations about their growth in Michigan and why this area is a great place to work, live and grow. The message was particularly appealing to me– I moved... [Read More...]

Livingston employers anticipate increasing or holding steady on workforce numbers in coming year

Nearly half of the employers completing the 2012 Livingston County Compensation & Benefits Survey anticipate increasing their workforce in the next year, and attracting and recruiting employees is their top goal. The biennial survey is a project of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation in cooperation with EctoHR Inc. and Livingston County Michigan Works! Perhaps a sign of a strengthening economy, the jobless rate in Livingston County... [Read More...]

Boston MichAGAIN Recap

This blog is written by Ann Arbor SPARK’s Phil Santer, Senior Business Development Manager, Livingston County. I’m just returning from Boston where a series of events had brought thousands of people into the city. The BIO International Convention and Enterprise 2.0 conference were in town, with upwards of 15,000 people there as a result. The Ann Arbor region was well represented at the BIO International Convention, with Velesco Pharmaceutical... [Read More...]

Local Companies Visit Washington DC for the White House Business Council

On June 1st, 2012 several local companies traveled to DC with the Michigan Business Leaders to attend the White House Business Council, a special economic briefing. These companies included Livingston county’s Excelda, a complete solution provider of private label consumer and automotive products, specializing in fluid blending, packaging, warehousing and order fulfillment services to original equipment manufacturers and retail marketing companies... [Read More...]

Building Relationships

By: Luke Bonner, VP of Business Development, Ann Arbor SPARK SPARK’s Business Development is constantly working to build relationships within the Ann Arbor region through business retention visits & networking events. The last month the SPARK Business Development team has been working on overdrive to create new opportunities for the region, and working just as diligent to seal some deals.  SPARK has spent time in Atlanta and Toronto following... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Begins Livingston County Work, Collaboration

Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region, recently finalized the agreement to assume management of business attraction efforts for the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Livingston County.  As part of those efforts, Ann Arbor SPARK hired economic development professional Jay Bahr, who will serve as a business development manager for Livingston... [Read More...]

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