7:39 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Examination of Spending and Results for Battle Creek's Non-Profits

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Part of Enquirer's on-going "granting wishes" series
For years, community advocates, service providers and others have quietly complained of a disconnect: This community is rich in charitable resources but continuously posts some of the worst statistics in the state. People complain of duplicative efforts, of "siloed" organizations who fail to effectively collaborate, of top-heavy initiatives that fail to engage people at the grassroots level.
7:47 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Manufacturing Economy, Slow, but Improving in West Michigan

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Long's report for February shows slight improvement over January
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - West Michigan's manufacturing climate was "still slow, but improving" in February, according to economist Brian Long, director of supply chain research for Grand Valley State University.
6:48 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Continued Growth Expected for Michigan Tourism Industry

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Tourism is on a four year rebound in Michigan
More visitors than ever are coming to Michigans northern woods, sun-kissed beaches and bustling southeastern cities, contributing to a multibillion-dollar industry thats expected to grow as the state begins advertising more in Canada, Europe and China. Michigan tourism experienced a banner year in 2013, buoyed by record-high hotel occupancy rates from Marquette to Monroe.
8:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Michigan unemployment rate drops to lowest point since 2008

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Jobless rate is a full percentage point lower than it was in January of last year
LANSING, MI -- Michigan's unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in January, down from 8.3 percent in December. The numbers, released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, are the lowest since May 2008. Total employment rose by 32,000 from December to January, according to the department, while the total number of unemployed declined by 20,000.
1:03 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Group Seeking Higher Minimum Wage Boosts Proposal to $10.10 an Hour

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Michigan last raised minimum wage to $7.40 an hour in 2008
LANSING - The group behind a proposed petition drive to raise Michigan's minimum wage has increased its request to $10.10 per hour. The group, called Raise Michigan, submitted language to the Secretary of State last week for a petition to initiate legislation to increase the state's minimum wage to $9.50 per hour by 2016.