Automation Alley is seeking small and medium-sized Michigan companies to join its trade mission to Hannover Messe 2018, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology.
Why Attend Hannover Messe?
Get Connected: Hannover Messe is the place to meet industrial technology professionals worldwide for trade and investment opportunities, including 6,500 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors representing over 100 countries.
Learn and Grow: Explore next stages of Industry 4.0 breakthroughs along the entire industrial value chain, including solutions with applications in industrial automation, engineering, information technologies, energy and environmental technologies and research and development.
Gain Visibility: The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is sponsoring and offering space within their booth for participating companies in the Industry 4.0 sector. Space is limited to the first eight companies.
Automation Alley trade missions are supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Participation is limited to 8 companies.
Deadline: February 23, 2018
Cost: $3,000 members | $4,000 non-members
Price may be subject to change based on availability and includes five-star hotel, kiosk space within the State of Michigan booth, internal transportation, matchmaking meetings, business briefings, and a welcome reception. Airfare is not included.
STEP: Be sure to ask about the State Trade and Expansion Promotion Program (STEP) to see if your company qualifies for funding that can be applied toward the cost of the mission.
Michigan students and families attending a Lansing Lugnuts game this summer will have the opportunity learn about the financial resources readily available to help pay for college, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).
For the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office (MFDMO), it’s simply time to get creative when it comes to persuading those who work in the creative industries to stay in Michigan, or by all means, move to the Great Lakes state.
In response to contemporary job consideration realities – such as Millennials wanting to live, work and play in vibrant, engaging communities – MFDMO is introducing Creative Chambers initiative, a grassroots-driven, pilot grant program to retain and attract creative industries talent in five diverse Michigan communities, including Grand Rapids.
Media representatives are invited to join the Redevelopment Ready Communities® certification award presentation in Ferndale on Monday, May 15. Ferndale is the 12th community in the state to receive certification through RRC, a voluntary, no-cost program that assists local municipalities in establishing a sound foundation for development and investment to occur in their communities.
Public Spaces Community Places (PSCP) has been named a finalist in this year’s Innovations in https://www.greeningdetroit.com/member/michigan-economic-development-corporation/American Government Awards competition sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. PSCP is a collaborative program whereby local residents play an active role in raising donations for community-centered transformative projects backed by public matching funds.
As one of seven finalists selected from a competitive nationwide submission process, PSCP will compete for a $100,000 grand prize during the May 17 presentations to the Innovations Awards National Selection Committee, chaired by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, and niece of President John Kennedy.
Presentations will be held at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. and livestreamed on the Ash Center website at http://ash.harvard.edu
Designed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), PSCP has generated funds for community projects around the state, including parks, public sculptures, bike trails, boardwalks, gardens, community centers, festivals, sustainable urban agrihoods, pavilions, beautification initiatives, playgrounds, alleyways, murals, river clean ups and farmers markets. PSCP is a partnership among MEDC, Michigan Municipal League and Patronicity, a Detroit-based crowdfunding platform.
“Thriving community places define and reflect a community’s economic vitality,” said Katharine Czarnecki, Senior Vice President for Community Development, MEDC. “Public Spaces Community Places has proven to be an effective, grassroots-driven approach that has proven key to attracting and retaining talent, and thereby growing stronger local economies.”
PSCP focuses on creating new or activating distressed public spaces for community use. By design, the program enhances public infrastructure and development of community spaces that might not have been supported with municipal funding, she said.
“These finalists are in the vanguard of creative, solution-oriented governing, demonstrating that the drive to make government work better and do more comes from all levels and jurisdictions of every size,” said Stephen Goldsmith, Director of the Innovations in Government program at Harvard’s Ash Center.
Selected by a team of policy experts, researchers, and practitioners, the top initiatives in Harvard’s innovation in government competition represent efforts of city, state, and federal governments to address timely policy issues, such as economic development, environmental and community revitalization, public health, equal access to education, criminal justice, and health care.
“These programs are focused on an impressive range of areas and some of the country’s most pressing social concerns, including the opioid epidemic, government efficiency and efficacy, environmental conservation, homelessness, and the school and workforce readiness of our citizens,” said Goldsmith.
PSCP is a grassroots-based model in Michigan that has raised more funds than any other state, and is having a transformative impact on reshaping communities. In nearly three years, PSCP has raised $4.3 million from communities and an additional $3.6 million in matching funds from the MEDC.
To date, the program has successfully raised funds and granted dollars to 116 community crowd-granting campaigns. The average project goal is $33,200 with approximately $37,900 raised per campaign. More than 19,000 Michigan patrons have contributed to the fundraising.
Harvard’s JFK School of Government’s Innovations in American Government Awards was created by the Ford Foundation in 1985 in response to widespread pessimism and distrust in government’s effectiveness. Since its inception, over 500 government innovations across all jurisdiction levels have been recognized and have collectively received more than $22 million in grants.
About the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the Center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens.
Michigan should be proud that two state teams earned top honors in the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis – an indication of Michigan’s growing strength in the STEM fields, said Roger Curtis, director of the state Department of Talent and Economic Development.
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) today approved $126,179 in grants to 44 organizations participating in the New Leaders Program. The grants support projects and collaborations that focus on community engagement of 14-to-35-year-old Michigan residents through arts and culture.
The program is directed by the New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan, an MCACA advisory group that includes students and professionals at early career stages in the arts-and-culture field. The aim is to engage younger residents while incentivizing those working in the arts to recommit to the further development of Michigan’s culture.
“These grants reflect the growth happening in this sector, but it also shows the gap between the higher demand for funding to support the arts and the current funding level,” said MCACA Executive Director John Bracey. “The field is vigorous, new organizations are emerging, small organizations are growing and the state’s largest organizations are expanding their reach.”
MCACA grants provide funding for mentorships, development of current projects, pursuit of projects with the goal of improving communities through culture, and explorations of how participation in the arts can be empowering.
“The grant awards support an atmosphere of entrepreneurship and creativity while encouraging the leadership and retention of young people in their communities,” said Bracey.
The New Leaders Program grants are the final outlay for MCACA’s current fiscal year. Overall, MCACA designated $9.7 million (from general fund appropriation) for 502 awards. In total, MCACA received 631 grant applications that requested more than $18 million in funding.
Learn more about the New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan by visiting their Facebook page, click here to access it.
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs encourages, develops and facilitates an enriched environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity in Michigan.
The office is located within the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief business attraction and marketing arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the Michigan Strategic Fund.
Michigan Film and Digital Media Office (MFDMO) has been named educational partner for this year’s Freep Film Festival. The fourth annual event produced by the Detroit Free Press showcases documentary films, especially those with strong connections to Michigan. The festival will be held March 30-April 2 primarily at venues in downtown and Midtown Detroit, along with locations in Royal Oak and Novi.