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National EconomyTo Be Sluggish Next Year While Manufacturing Heavy Midwest Slows

MUNCIE, Indiana – The national and Midwest economies will slow dramatically next year as gross domestic product growth remains sluggish due to the Trump administration trade wars with trading partners around the globe, warns a Ball State University economist. Employment growth in several Midwestern states turned negative in first quarter of 2019, and the decline

By |2019-12-12T20:00:01-05:00December 12th, 2019|News|

Increase in Storm Severity Creates Water Quality Problems for Lake Superior

ASHLAND, Wisc.- Lake Superior, long considered to be the cleanest of the Great Lakes, is showing new signs of vulnerability, according to a white paper released today by the Northland College Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation. Experts point to increased intensity of storms — likely associated with climate change — historic land use

By |2019-12-12T19:26:40-05:00December 12th, 2019|Clean Update|

Artificial Intelligence Specialist The No. 1 Job Of 2019 Paying $140,000 — Hiring Growth 74 Percent

NEW YORK - What is the No. 1 fastest growing job since 2015? Artificial Intelligence Specialist — typically an engineer, researcher or other specialty that focuses on machine learning and artificial intelligence, figuring out things like where it makes sense to implement AI or building AI systems. The news came from LinkedIn's hottest jobs list

By |2019-12-12T12:29:40-05:00December 12th, 2019|ESD, Featured, STEAM|

Survey Reveals Negative Perception, Lack of Awareness Of Trade Schools And Careers

WASHINGTON DC – Young Americans would rather work in a coffee shop than in a high-paying trade, according to a new national survey that reveals an alarming stigma around trade schools and careers. The survey, commissioned by Metal Supermarkets, also highlights a common belief that attending traditional college is the best path to a successful

By |2019-12-11T15:57:27-05:00December 11th, 2019|ESD, STEAM|

BlueWater Angels To Host Portfolio Showcase Dec. 12

SAGINAW - BlueWater Angels will be holding a convention style showcase of its portfolio of companies at the Central Michigan University Research Center in Saginaw December 12 Portfolio companies will be available to present their services as they would at a trade show, as well as discuss their business with interested investors. Some of the

By |2019-12-11T15:57:27-05:00December 11th, 2019|Entrepreneurs|

GVSU Economist: West Michigan Economy Remains Soft

GRAND RAPIDS - There are no signs of an impending recession, but the West Michigan economy will continue to slow in 2020, said Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in Grand Valley State University's Seidman College of Business. Long surveyed local business leaders and his findings below are based on data collected during

By |2019-12-11T15:57:28-05:00December 11th, 2019|ESD|

Elon Musk Revives Plan To Power United States On Solar

SAN FRANCISCO - Could you power the United States entirely from solar energy? Sure, claims tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. The Tesla CEO, whose company provides solar panel solutions like the Solar Roof, shared a video via Twitter on Saturday of the electricity-generating tiles taking a beating from a hammer. One fan responded to Musk’s video with a 2011 quote

By |2019-12-11T10:35:10-05:00December 11th, 2019|Entrepreneurs|

Virtual Boyfriends A Match For China’s Single Women

BEIJING - Chinese teen Robin spends hours online chatting to her man, who always has a sympathetic ear for her problems -- as long as she's willing to pay him. The 19-year-old pre-medical student has spent more than 1,000 yuan ($150) speaking to "virtual boyfriends". These aren't seedy sex-chat lines but men who charge for

By |2019-12-11T10:18:06-05:00December 11th, 2019|Mobility|

Bloomberg Names Ann Arbor America’s No. 3 Tech Hub

ANN ARBOR - Bloomberg recently named Ann Arbor America's No. 3 tech hub, following only San Jose, Calif.; and Boulder, Colo. Bloomberg scored cities on a 100-point scale, evaluating how many people have STEM jobs, science and engineering degrees, and advanced degrees. Ann Arbor received a 98.97 score, with 18.3% of the population holding an

By |2019-12-12T20:00:01-05:00December 11th, 2019|Featured, News|

Number Of Renewable Energy Installations Up By 57 Percent In Michigan In 2018

LANSING - Distributed energy generation continues to grow in Michigan, as the number of installations producing power increased nearly 57 percent in 2018, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s annual report tracking participation in the state’s legacy net metering program. Participation in the state’s legacy net metering program has grown every year since 2006.

By |2019-12-08T20:25:18-05:00December 8th, 2019|Clean Update|