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  • Guest Blog: Making a Positive Difference in the Lives of Your Aging Loved Ones—Talk with Them about Their Health Care Wishes

    Posted by Jessica / on 11/20/2009 / 0 Comments


    By Jeffrey House

    President and CEO of Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan

    Did you know that Americans are more likely to talk to their kids about drugs and sex than they are to talk with their parents about death? According to the National Hospice Foundation,  fewer than 25% of us have thought about how we would like to be cared for at the end of life and have put it in writing.

    Some conversations are more difficult than others, but addressing the difficult subjects tend to make the most difference in our lives. November is National Home Care Month, National ..

  • Guest Blogger: Show Your Pride at the Celebrate Michigan Expo

    Posted by James / on 07/12/2009 / 0 Comments

    By Marshall Rice

    Michigan's people have always been resourceful. We have lead the way for centuries, after all - opening the mid west to trade through our waterways in the 18th century, forging the assembly line that underpins the history of the automotive industry, giving birth to Motown, and now, transforming into a renewable energy and film industry center.

    And in that spirit, is presenting the 2009 Celebrate Michigan Expo to be held Sept. 29 at the Ramada Plaza, 5500 Crooks Road, in Troy.

    Last year's initiative, a smashing success by all accounts, was an uplifting, positive experience, ..

  • Guest Blogger: Why I Remain Confident in Michigan

    Posted by James / on 06/22/2009 / 0 Comments

    By Mike Semanco
    President and COO of Hennessey Capital

    While all eyes are on Detroit, and unfortunately not for positive reasons, I remain confident in Michigan's future. The woes of Chrysler and GM and ultimately, their suppliers, are documented daily in national and international news. These behemoth organizations are navigating change in times of shifting consumer wants and needs and government mandates and their challenges to survival are significant, though not insurmountable.

    As the domestic automotive industry struggles, there's another Michigan that is quietly chugging along - the Michigan that is home to thousands of small and mid-sized businesses. That's the ..

  • THAW Provided $11.7 Million in Emergency Assistance During 2008-09 Heating Season

    Posted by James / on 06/04/2009 / 0 Comments

    A cold winter and an economy in recession placed thousands of Michigan families in an energy bill crisis over the 2008-09 home heating season.

    Responding to the challenge, THAW (The Heat And Warmth Fund of Michigan) and its partner utilities provided more than $11,715,000 in emergency energy assistance to 9,450 residential utility customers throughout Michigan, giving families trying to make ends meet the security of a safe and warm home and assistance in avoiding future crises. The 2008-09 home heating season's total was approximately $787,000 more than in 2007-08.

    "THAW and its utility partners help people who are making an effort ..

  • Detroit Edison Honored by National Arbor Day Foundation

    Posted by James / on 06/04/2009 / 0 Comments

     Detroit Edison has been named a Tree Line USA Utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation - the 14th straight year the company has been honored for its tree-trimming practices. The award recognizes utilities whose line-clearance programs include quality tree care, annual worker training in tree-care practices, and a tree planting and public education program.

    The Tree Line USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program.

    "We're delighted to receive this award again," said Vince Dow, DTE ..

  • Detroit Edison Seeks Wind-Energy Partners

    Posted by James / on 05/24/2009 / 0 Comments

    Detroit Edison Detroit Edison Friday issued a request for information (RFI) to identify potential partners interested in jointly developing wind energy projects with the utility company.

    The RFI is intended to gauge the interest of potential and existing wind energy developers to enter into joint agreements with Detroit Edison to build Michigan-based wind energy farms capable of producing at least 75 megawatts of power by 2011.

    The energy produced from such developments would help Detroit Edison achieve Michigan's new Renewable Portfolio Standard for the state's electric utilities to provide 10 percent of their retail electric sales from renewable resources by ..

  • Guest Blogger: 26th Ann Arbor Summer Festival Offers Something for Everyone

    Posted by James / on 05/19/2009 / 0 Comments

    New Special Programs and Extended Hours This Year

    By Thu T. Pham

    From grade-school children to twenty-somethings to the still-young-at-heart crowd, the 2009 season of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival offers some of the most diverse entertainment in Michigan. The festival runs from June 12 to July 5 and is located at different locations on the beautiful University of Michigan campus.

    Staples of the festival include major Mainstage headliners including Gladys Knight, Diana Krall and Pink Martini. Other acts include the classical-modern fusion of Juilliard-trained Ahn Trio and Dean and Britta, an indie-pop band performing with a screening ..

  • New Economy Initiative Announces $9.25 Million Investment to Assist Automotive Suppliers and Advance Entrepreneurship

    Posted by James / on 05/18/2009 / 0 Comments

    Partnership with Kauffman Foundation will Refocus Talents of Unemployed and Underemployed into New Areas

    New Economy Initiative (NEI) announced today an aggressive three-year economic recovery program that will help minority automotive suppliers transition to new industries and rapidly grow entrepreneurship in the region. NEI has partnered with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to provide entrepreneurship counsel and proven programs to help spur entrepreneurial activity. In addition to the NEI's direct cash investment of $9.25 million, the Kauffman Foundation will bring programming development, staffing, materials and expertise to the initiative.

    "With the region's tremendous assets - from a talented workforce to intellectual ..

  • A1 Rating, Stable Outlook for HFHS, Moody's Says

    Posted by James / on 05/18/2009 / 0 Comments

    Moody's Investors Service, the rating agency, reaffirmed Henry Ford Health System's A1 rating and stable outlook Wednesday.

    And last month Standard and Poor's also reaffirmed it's A rating for Henry Ford with a stable outlook.

    The bond rating was assigned to Henry Ford's $787 million of outstanding bonds issued by the Michigan State Hospital Finance Authority.

    The agency said that Henry Ford is a "Well integrated and nationally recognized health system with seven hospitals, one of the region's largest not-for profit HMOs, the well-established Henry Ford Medical Group, and other health services."

    The agency also noted the health system's, ..

  • UM Maintains Top Bond Ratings

    Posted by James / on 05/17/2009 / 0 Comments

    The University of Michigan has maintained its top bond ratings from two national rating services that investors look to before purchasing bonds.

    With an "AAA" rating from Standard & Poor's and an "Aaa" rating from Moody's Investors Service, UM is one of just three public universities in the nation to retain the top ratings as the nation's stalled economy begins to stabilize. The others are the University of Virginia and the University of Texas.

    The ratings are important indicators that bonds issued by UM are low risk and investors can have a high degree of confidence the university has an appropriate revenue ..


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