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Five Things you need to know about Michigan: Investing in our Future

1Making the Mackinac Bridge

We shared this on Facebook over the weekend, but this is a really cool video from the History Channel featuring some great old clips of the construction of the Mackinac Bridge in the 1950. Enjoy!

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Michigan cities worst in nation in state revenues

From the “Do You Think There’s a Connection” Department, Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer reacts to news that Michigan cities were the only ones in the nation to have state revenues fall from 2002 – 2012:

Had Flint’s lead service lines been replaced long ago, had its budget been sound enough to stave off emergency management, or if its revenue base hadn’t declined sharply, the Flint water crisis could have been forestalled.

New data compiled by the Michigan Municipal League show that between 2002 and 2012, the State of Michigan decreased the amount of money it sends to local governments by more than 56%, even while state revenue climbed by 29%. That’s on top of the financial blow dealt to cities during the financial crisis, when the taxable value of property dropped, in some communities, by half. Because Michigan caps taxable value at the rate of inflation, cities can’t quickly catch up, even when the economy has improved.

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Ten Years of Change in Detroit

Let’s follow up that bad news with a great look at what investment in cities can do from Model D’s excellent series on Detroit’s 10 Years of Change. A special report in the series looks at Inclusive Neighborhood Development:

Ten years ago, in defiance of prevailing sentiments, development leaders coalesced around a unified vision to transform Detroit’s greater downtown area into a center of opportunity.

…In addition to growing a jobs base for residents in development-related trades, Detroit also has an opportunity to help its residents define their own economic destiny through entrepreneurship.  The New Economy Initiative, a special project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, works to build a network of support for entrepreneurs and small businesses. By supporting both neighborhood small business development and high-tech, high-growth companies, NEI helps pave the path for job creation and economic opportunities.

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Work in some of Michigan’s highest paying Jobs

The Bloomfield Hills Patch reported on Michigan’s highest paying jobs and then took it a step further by sharing job postings in those fields.

Marketing managers ranked 11th on the list, paying an average annual salary of $111,930 (average entry level salary $62,190):

5Spring has a different meaning in Michigan

mLive meteorologist By Mark Torregrossa reports on a winter storm watch that is in effect for Wednesday afternoon through Thursday for heavy snow accumulations or freezing rain and sleet accumulations:

It’s a very moisture-laden storm. The heaviest swath of snow should be 8″ or more. As with most late March storms, it will be a heavy, wet snow.

Right now I’d put the axis of heaviest snow from Grand Rapids to Saginaw. But there will be a very sharp temperature change in a short distance. So, as you go south from the heaviest snow area, temperatures will warm dramatically. Somewhere in southern Lower Michigan, the snow will go from heavy to very little. This transition zone will probably only be 20 miles in distance. In other words, you could drive 20 miles south and go from over 8″ of snow to less than 1″ of snow.

Drive safely and bundle up what you can in the garden!