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Looking Beyond Retailer Headlines: Is Big-Box dead?

National retail chain closings are more frequent then they have been in a decade. This chronic doom and gloom sentiment in the headlines ignores new and ongoing growth opportunities for the industry. News media has claimed that Big-Box is dead, their reasoning: the rise of ecommerce has reduced the need for brick and mortar space, […]

Michigan Improves Medicaid & Helps Businesses

Medicaid and the business community may not sound like they have much to do with each other. The upgrades to Michigan’s Medicaid program, however, are achieving important business objectives, including controlling insurance costs and fostering a productive workforce. Most people associate Medicaid with the unemployed. And it’s true that Medicaid supplies healthcare to the indigent. […]

The demand for industrial space Tight Supply Transforming the Market

Economic data related to the U.S. industrial real estate market is pointing in a positive direction. The national availability rate was essentially unchanged in Q1 2017, even in the face of increased supply. CBRE Econometric Advisors estimates about 45 million sq. ft. of industrial space was completed in Q1, which is the highest first-quarter level […]

Ideas & Innovation Matter

Entrepreneurs have always been a driving force for economic growth. More recently, they have played an increasingly important role in Michigan’s comeback as well as diversifying local economies statewide.  In a recent report from the Michigan Venture Capital Association, there has been a 48 percent increase in funding to Michigan start-ups. 74 Michigan companies have […]

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