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Restoring Hope

“There are quality jobs there [in the life sciences and medical fields] and it is expanding. It is all part of the growing knowledge based economy.” (Page A-2)


Mackinac Policy Conference aims to put Michigan’s urban cities front and center

L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive.

“The only reason why these metros are what they are and where they are is because of cities. So, to strengthen the state, we have to strengthen our cities.” (Page B-1) Harvey Hollins III, director of the Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives.

Andre Smith photo

Mayor Bing: Give Detroit balanced picture By Bankole Thompson CHRONICLE SENIOR EDITOR

In the end, [Detroit] will be revitalized by a partnership between the city, the foundation community and the business community. (Page B-6) Cynthia J. Pasky, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions and chairperson of the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing knows and understands that Detroit accounts for pretty much everything that special report goes on in this region of southeastern Michigan, not only because of its proximity. The city’s history has placed Detroit into a position of both strength and weakBankole Thompson ness. Despite the dwindling of population, as shown in the recent Census report, the city still remains a political and economic fortress in Michigan, which explains why Detroit has become the theater where many political battles are fought. “Now what is necessary is to transform the city to a place

“We need to remember that 25 and 30 years ago when the supermarket chains moved out of Detroit, it was the smaller independent store operators who stayed in the city to service their customers, despite the high rate of crimes and other problems which exist. (Page B-9) Edward Deeb, chairman and founder of the Michigan Food and Beverage Assn.

Mayor Dave Bing where people can come in and want to live and work,” Bing said in an exclusive interview. In fact, people are already making the decision to live in Detroit, especially the downtown area. A recent incentive project involving Quicken Loans, Compuware, Strategic Staffing Solutions and Blue Cross Blue Shield allowed employees of these companies to receive a relocation incentive if they were moving downtown.

See BING page A-3

By Patrick Keating

“You don’t change a culture overnight, but I think we’ve made tremendous progress.”


Gov. Rick Snyder is attending the Mackinac Policy Conference for the second time this year. Prior to last year’s conference, he said one of the themes he wanted to see was “people coming together in the new culture we need for our state.” Asked to what degree people have come together, he said there has been progress. “It’s a work in progress, so it’s not done,” Snyder said.

By Jackie Berg Once stored.



He also noted that a number of things discussed last year have been accomplished. “And now we’re going to continue that dialogue,” he said. “I

See Snyder page A-3

Healthcare, once Michigan’s economic underdog, has emerged as one of its fastest growing business sectors, and research and development (R&D) is one of its most important components.

Under Baruah’s leadership, the conference has emerged to become a critical conscience and catalyst of collaborative statewide efforts, including strategies for urban renewal. Major conference initiatives are now assigned metrics and tracking mechanisms in order to better


Thus, the staffs of LivingWELL magazine and the Michigan Chronicle newspaper chose to examine the economic impact of R&D efforts in this year’s Mackinac edition spotlight. We’ve assembled a partial listing of African American-focused R&D projects taking place in Southeast Michigan in order to spotlight projects that not only have the potential to improve the health and well-being of many African-Americans, but the prosperity of Michigan residents.

CONFERENCE CHAIR NANCY SCHLICHTING and Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah. monitor progress through the Mackinac Policy To-Do List, which is now a Conference tradition. CORE FOCUS Detroit, long considered to be the state’s “problem child,” is poised to take on a “favored city” status at this year’s conference, which will focus on urban redevelopment initiatives. “We cannot ignore Detroit’s challenges,” said

Healthcare leaders like Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting believe that market-leading research focused on AfricanAmerican health may well position our region as a national and, perhaps, an international healthcare destination and center of excellence for ethnic healthcare if the advantage is well marketed.

Baruah, adding: “Detroit is like a tale of two cities. While we are admittedly undergoing the worst of times and face daunting financial challenges, we also are on the precipice of what may well be the best of times with the momentum of commitments like Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan’s commitment to bring its total workforce to 6,000 employ-

Given these statistics, we believe it’s time for Michigan’s stakeholders to critically examine whether market conditions warrant a closer look at what appears to be a promising opportunity. It’s time to get Michigan off the critical condition list. (See page C-1 for story.)

See Conference page A-3

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He pointed out that people are working better together, and that the jobs environment has improved dramatically since last year.

Unleashing Michigan’s market potential


That’s what has happened to interest in Michigan’s urban centers, according to Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, who will welcome approximately 1,500 of the state’s most powerful stakeholders at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference (MPC) on Mackinac Island next week.


Roy Roberts, Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager.

Gov. Snyder: A new culture for Michigan

Urban cities take center stage at Mackinac

“What happens on the island will not stay on the island,” promises Baruah, who led efforts to transform the conference’s reputation of being long on talk and short on action since taking the leadership helm in 2010.

“History judges societies by what they do in times of great struggle. Let us all be remembered by what we do for our children in this community at this moment.” (Page C-1):

Gov. Rick Snyder — Eric Hobson photo

DISCONNECT FROM THE DESK BCBSM program urges taking small breaks to stop the mid-day slump

DISCONNECT FROM THE DESK BCBSM program urges taking small breaks to stop the midday slump

Building on

Michigan’s Future

Inside this edition: Learn why Comerica Bank executives believe that despite its challenges, the City of Detroit is gaining national attention for the right reasons – job growth, business opportunities and development.


May 23-29, 2012


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Powering Michigan’s economy By Gerry Anderson

newable portfolio standard by 2015, which requires utilities to produce 10 percent of its energy from renewable sources. DTE Energy is making excellent progress towards meeting that goal.

Chairman, President and CEO, DTE Energy

DTE Energy is one of the biggest investors of capital in the state of Michigan.

But a comprehensive energy policy should not be dictated by our state’s constitution. This is why a proposed constitutional amendment to increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 25 percent by 2025 makes so little sense for Michigan. If passed, an arbitrary 25 percent standard would require additional expenditures of $10 billion by Michigan utilities and could add thousands of dollars to customer energy bills.

We take pride in being a Michiganheadquartered, Detroit-based company that serves as an economic engine across the state. Typically, we have the largest construction project in the state underway at any given time at one of our sites, which employs hundreds of people. Over the next five years, DTE Energy’s capital spending will be over $8 billion, which will drive growth of jobs and the tax base. Over the last decade, DTE Energy has invested more than $1 billion in emissions control systems for our Monroe Power plant. The project has included the creation of dozens of permanent full-time jobs, while leading to significant emissions reductions.

Since our state’s significant economic rebound, our employees take pride and have consistently stepped in to help our customers. Over the past 5 years we have had the lowest growth in operating costs of any company in the industry. In fact, over that 5 year period, we are the only Company whose operating costs have declined. These results have come from utilizing a continuous improvement methodology to get better at everything we do.

The state’s Pure Michigan Business Connect Initiative, which was introduced here at Mackinac by Gov. Rick Snyder a year ago, has been a catalyst for continued investment in the growth and development of Michigan suppliers for DTE Energy. In support of the program, DTE Energy pledged to increase our Michigan spend by $750 million over five years with Michigan based suppliers. We believe that Michigan companies can compete with anyone. Doing business with strong Michigan companies is not only good for DTE Energy, it’s just good business. Last year, DTE Energy spent more than $597 million with Michigan companies, including $98 million with companies headquartered in Detroit under the program. We’re proud to say we exceeded our goal last year, increasing our state-based supplier spending by $122 million. In doing so, DTE Energy strengthened an array of local companies, including numerous minority-owned businesses.

And we’ve been doing a lot to show our strong support for renewable energy at DTE Energy. With renewable energy investments of nearly $2 billion in programs, DTE Energy continues to be a leader in the advancement of “green energy”: - DTE Energy completed the Gratiot County Wind project, a 212.8 megawatt project featuring 133 wind turbines, of which almost half are owned by DTE Energy. - DTE Energy began construction on

three wind parks in Michigan’s Thumb region in 2012. - DTE Energy developed solar projects throughout metro Detroit with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. Michiganders got it right in 2008, when the comprehensive energy package was signed into law. It took thoughtful deliberation and willing parties to come to the table and create sound energy policy for the future of Michigan. It is working.

And last year, hundreds of DTE Energy employees volunteered at over 170 customer assistance events across Michigan, to help low-income families with their energy bills. In fact, DTE Energy, along with The Heat and Warmth Fund and other organizations, helped well over 30,000 struggling families get access to millions of dollars in energy assistance. As always, the primary focus of our 10,000 employees is to provide quality affordable service and reliable power to the 3.2 million gas and electric customers we serve across Michigan. We know that what they do is important to all Michiganders. We strive to be the best operated utility in North America and a force for growth.

The state’s energy law includes re-

Ficano speaks out in exclusive interview In an exclusive interview with the Michigan Chronicle, Robert Ficano, the embattled Wayne County Executive whose administration is facing federal scrutiny says there are bright spots in the county despite the reports of waste in county government. What are the big wins in the county this past year? Settling with AFSCME in December 2011 and reaching a deal with the Third Circuit Court are both high water marks and helped improve our bond rating. In the last few months, Fitch, Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s have all upgraded our outlook from negative to stable. We continue to look across all county operations for structural solutions and operational inefficiencies and are proactively addressing them to create greater fiscal predictability. Our efforts to develop regional support for Cobo paid off in a big way when, in January, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) signed an agreement to stay at Cobo Center thru 2017. We worked hard to ensure that Cobo Center remains a viable part of the business landscape in the city of Detroit and helped lead the charge on the improvements and expansion of the Center. The aggregate economic impact of the auto show over the next five years will be $1.75 billion for the region. Notably, metro Detroit had the country’s secondlargest percentage gain in manufacturing jobs over the last two years, according to the Brookings Institution. From the first quarter of 2010 to the fourth quarter of 2011, the number of manufacturing jobs in the Detroit area increased by 12.1 percent, compared with the national average of 2.7 percent. I believe that our aggressive moves to support the auto industry and attract new manufacturers have helped with that performance. Finally, despite the challenges, the County’s Department of Management & Budget delivered a small surplus in our most recent fiscal year. We still have many budgetary difficulties in front of us, but I believe we are trending in the right direction. 2. Given delays with the Aerotropolis effort, how is the county faring on transportation-related developments? While it did take a while to get the legislation approved in the legislature, we are very excited with

the developments within the Aerotropolis Region. Within the last year, we obtained nearly $100 million in investment commitments from several large advanced manufacturing companies. In fact, since 2008, nearly $500 million has been invested in the area by GE, Brose, Inergy, Kalitta, Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology and WF Whalen, among others. Additionally, we are working cooperatively with RACER Trust, the entity responsible for selling old GM assets, to help market the Willow Run plant. There are a number of interested parties in the facility, all of whom would make a significant addition to the Aerotropolis business zone. Currently, there are a number of regional and state efforts to coordinate transportation and distribution enhancements. We are actively participating in those discussions. Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan comprise one of the largest trade corridors in the world. Any efforts to leverage that trade and create more job opportunities for our residents must be pursued. 3. With healthcare

reforms and issues like rising obesity rates pressing on many healthcare providers, how is Wayne County preparing to address growing healthcare needs? The Wayne County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working to address pressing community health issues through education, partnering and community outreach. Their particular areas of focus center on those problems related to obesity - specifically heart disease and diabetes. A little less than 24 months ago, HHS introduced “Healthy New Me” to Wayne County resi-

Robert Ficano dents. The Healthy New Me initiative is designed to engage communities, families and individuals in the adoption of healthy lifestyles through nutrition, exercise and weight management. We know children today lead more sedentary lives than previous generations. Healthy New Me is a way to break through and drive fundamental change in behaviors. We have also partnered with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) to provide affordable healthcare to individuals and families. The range of services include pre-natal, maternal and children’s healthcare along with

nutritional consultation. Based on the division of public health care responsibilities between Detroit and Wayne County, our facilities have been located outside of center city. However, we are now working on a Health Center in Hamtramck, contingent on funding, to help provide healthcare to low-income density populations. HHS in partnership with the Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authority is working on the Population Health initiative. The mission is to identify community health needs in the tricounty area and review and recommend actions to address the needs.

Given all the reports of financial mismanagement in the county, how has that affected the perception of Wayne County government? There is no question that the perception of Wayne County government has taken a beating over the last several months. However, the work of the county has not stopped and we have successfully advanced the county on a number of different fronts. To begin, the County’s finances have not been mismanaged. The Department of Management & Budget, led by Carla Sledge, has carefully managed our budget and delivered a small surplus during the last fiscal year. Those monies were applied against the structural deficit, reducing that to a three year low. We are in active dialogue with the Michigan Department of Treasury regarding a deficit elimination plan and have made significant progress in that effort. To that end, our plan was approved by a 14-1 margin by the Wayne County Commission. Our economic development group, EDGE, has secured over $300 million of investments in the first half of the calendar year and is working collaboratively with the MEDC and other regional development organizations including DEGC and Spark. And again, the EDGE team was honored by a prominent national development magazine as one of the top performing groups in the United States. Over the last 6 months, I have enhanced my leadership team by filling open positions with people of outstanding character and proven leadership qualities. Jeff Collins, Ray Byers, Tim Nasso, Zenna Elhasan, and most recently June West and Tish King, all have strong private and public sector track records. They joined a strong team including Carla Sledge, Heaster

Wheeler, Tad Sturdivant, Hassan Saab, Edith Killins and Kevin Kelly. These committed professionals have not missed a beat. In the end, our job - my job, is to do what I was elected to do; run Wayne County government as effectively as possible and help secure the long-term stability of our cities and townships, regardless of any controversy. 8. What should happen


differently this year at Mackinac? This year’s conference is about how to make the region and the state competitive. But collaboration is the key. We can no longer afford “go-it-alone” approaches that fail to recognize our shared regional concerns. A large, advanced manufacturing or research facility in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties benefits the entire state, as will the development of new aerotropolis zones in Saginaw or Grand Rapids. We have to employ a unified strategy with pooled resources to act in a carefully calibrated manner. While I believe the state should take the lead, it is up to regional leadership to make cooperation a priority.



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Snyder hope both on working on the cultural issue of better teamwork, working better together, and continuing to work on the same subject matter, which is the need for more and better jobs, and a brighter future for our kids.” As to the state’s relationship with Detroit, Snyder said his administration has been very proactive about wanting to engage the city in a positive, constructive and supportive way. His goal, he noted, isn’t to run Detroit, but to be a supporting resource. Snyder also said he hopes there’s an environment in place to create that working relationship to provide additional supporting resources, particularly on growing the city. “To grow the city, we need to deal with better financial stability, and we need better services for the citizens of Detroit,” he said. Asked if he’s ever

From page A-1 taken a drive through a random neighborhood, and if so what his assessment was, Snyder said he does things like that on a regular basis. and that he acknowledges that there’s tremendous room for improvement. “One thing I try to do when we’re in the Detroit area is get off the freeways just drive around,” he said. Snyder was at a recent No Kid Hungry campaign at Gompers Elementary School. He called it “an illustration of a really nice school” where the kids were excited, but also noted that there were four abandoned homes across the street. “That’s not the kind of environment you want to have,” he said, adding that such a dichotomy clearly shows there are things that must be improved on. Last September, a partnership between the state and the Council of Michigan Foundations

led to the creation of the Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives, which is based in Detroit. The office is overseen by Harvey Hollins III, whom Snyder called an important asset. Snyder also said there will be an urban-focused dashboard at some point. Returning to the subject of the Mackinac conference, Snyder said he wants to emphasize two major things he believes are adding value. The first is Pure Michigan Business Connect. “Which is that concept of getting Michigan businesses to work more and better with one another,” he said, adding that we’ve already seen great success, particularly with Consumer’s Energy and DTE, as well as with a number of large lenders. “We’re seeing good results from that, but I want to see many companies and organizations belong,” he said. “The other one is MI

Bing In the Midtown area, a similar program spearheaded by the Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System and Wayne State University also provided monetary incentives for any of their employees looking to become residents of Midtown. The net result of that is hundreds of workers taking residence in a city that is still battling to become an example of an American comeback city.

will be a constructive engagement of the important issues like regional transportation, which he said should not be on the back burner.

Washington and other experiences will help to assemble a very good team that includes a budget director and an IT (information technology).

“The business community has been very supportive downtown and in Midtown,” Bing said. “Now we have to make them feel the pain in the neighborhoods so they can help.”

In the weeks leading up to the consent agreement between Detroit and the State of Michigan, Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder traded words in the public domain, each presenting a different position on how Detroit should chart its way out of a financial crisis.

“We now have to be concerned about our neighborhoods,” Bing said about neighborhood development which has been a focus of the mayor’s Detroit Works Project. But the recent increase in violent crime is giving the city more than a black eye, leading some to question the competence of Detroit government in tackling the escalating crime.

The mayor said that is why he needs the support of all stakeholders in fixing some of the chronic problems the city is facing, such as public lighting, transportation, public safety, etc.

“I just think there is a lot of incorrect information out there about the city,” Bing said, adding that even though crime is still an issue that needs to be nipped at the bud, people are still coming to Detroit for events such as Tigers games..

As the city faces its most crucial test — how the appointment of a Financial Advisory Board will play out in the coming weeks, months and years, a chief financial officer, Jack Martin, was appointed. The new portfolio Martin now holds will hold sway in how Detroit tackles its finances in the era of a consent agreement.

Bing said Detroit once occupied an important seat at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference and hopes this year there

show results. He reiterated the importance of getting Michiganders to do better business with one another. “Lowest labor cost is not the driver,” he said. “It’s total cost to quality, and we’re high quality producers here.” He also plans to stay on the talent question for the next several years. “It’s just a great opportunity,” he said. “I don’t think anyone does it well in our country, in terms of making that connection.” He said Germany provides the best illustration of how it’s done well. “They do really well because they’ve built this program, you know this way of getting people into apprenticeships and other programs,” he said. “Skilled trades is a huge opportunity.” Snyder added that while Michigan isn’t going to be just like Germany, one can see how the Ger-

mans were thoughtful and brought all the sectors together. He emphasized, however, that the solution isn’t government solving problems. “It’s government being part of a collaborative effort with the for-profit sector, the not-for-profit sector, everyone coming together and us playing a leadership role,” he said. “But it’s not just about spending money. It’s about bringing us together as a team, working together with relentless positive action.” Snyder added that it’s working. He said Germans he’s talked to understand what he’s doing for Michigan as opposed to the U.S. “All I have to do is go through the list of accomplishments,” he said. “We are the role model.” He added that Michigan has an appealing environment.

See Snyder page A-4

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Contrary to the belief that some in the business class are uneasy about the mayor’s stewardship of the city, Bing defended his record, saying, “I’ve had more business people come to me and say they are supportive. All of us understand and respect each other.”

“We have to do a better job of giving people factual information,” Bing said. “I get it that people still see the mayor as the person who has total responsibility.”

talent.Org, our essentially Pure Michigan Talent Connect equivalent,” Snyder said. “Because we’ve got 80,000 open jobs in our state. And how do we get people connected with these jobs? Because these are great jobs, a lot of them are. And then how do we get more employers telling about their future employment needs?” He prefers terms like “connecting talent” over “workforce development,” saying it’s more about talent and connecting supply and demand. “We can do a much better job,” he said. With respect to the outsider’s impression of Michigan, Snyder, who has traveled around the world, said it’s improving. “Generally, it’s pretty positive,” he said. “I don’t get a lot of negative feedback, even on some of the Detroit issues.” Snyder said Michigan has good things to build on; the state just needs to

Meanwhile, Bing is expressing faith in Martin’s ability to help steer the financial ship of Detroit safely to shore. He said Martin’s national contacts working for the federal government in

“We’ve got a decent relationship,” Bing said of his current relationship with Gov. Snyder. “I don’t think he truly understands what I’m dealing with. You can’t be 30,000 feet up and understand some of the issues we have here. I still believe the governor wants to help Detroit.” Bankole Thompson is the editor of the Michigan Chronicle and the author of a six-part series on the Obama presidency, including “Obama and Black Loyalty,” published last year. His latest book is ”Obama and Christian Loyalty” with an epilogue written by Bob Weiner, former White House spokesman. His upcoming books in 2012 are “Obama and Jewish Loyalty” and ”Obama and Business Loyalty.” Listen to him every Thursday morning on WDET 101.9 FM Detroit and every Sunday, 9 to 10 p.m., on “The Obama Watch” program on WLIB 1190 AMNew York. E-mail bthomspon@michronicle.com.

Conference ees downtown, Compuware, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Quicken Loans’ urban investments, and Chrysler’s move to bring more than 70 marketing executives into the Dime Building.” “There is no one better to lead this effort than our 2012 MPC Chair and Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) CEO Nancy Schlichting,” he stated. “HFHSled ‘Live Midtown’ efforts with partners Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Wayne State University (WSU) to encourage Midtown Detroit occupancy rates has exceeded our greatest expectations. “Detroit needs more programs and people like this,” Baruah comments. A YOUNGER APPEARANCE This year’s conference will put younger executives center stage. Why? “We can’t expect to attract and retain younger professionals (YPs) to live, work and play in our urban centers if we don’t include them in constructive efforts,” he says. Chamber efforts to recruit a higher level of YP involvement at this year’s conference have resulted in a greater presence of YPs and entrepreneurs, critical to Michigan’s small and medium size business sector. ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT “The 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference is the perfect stage to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit and energy that is driving innovation in Michigan,” said Schlichting. “We have no greater asset than the entrepreneurs who continue to push the envelope and refuse to accept business as usual. This session will reflect the infusion of new ideas throughout Detroit and across the state that are leading Michigan’s continued recovery. GOOD NEWS Baruah and Schlichting hope that the

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From page A-1 conference’s national speakers — including Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist and New York Times bestselling author; Fareed Zakaria, host, Time magazine editor and Washington Post columnist; Donna Brazile, best-selling author, vice chair, Voter Registration and Participation, Democratic National Committee, who was also former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush; and Tucker Eskew, former director, White House Office of Global Communications, and others — will be inspired by conference activities and become vocal advocates of Detroit’s redevelopment activities. EDs & MEDs Two sectors sure to have a presence at this year’s conference are education (EDs) and healthcare (MEDs). “Michigan needs to better prepare students to compete for jobs in the high-growth healthcare industry, which is driving economic development statewide,” states Schlichting. “We need to identify more collaborative ways to fully utilize our universities and respective research capabilities here in Michigan.” NO SECRETS Straw polls planned at a session at this year’s conference will gauge participants’ response to issues from healthcare reform and tax incentives to transportation. Baruah and Schlichting want conference attendees to walk away from this year’s conference with a renewed sense of purpose and action plans to contribute to Michigan’s economic recovery efforts. Our future may well depend on it.


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‘Leaders’ combine executive experience with vision for state By Margo Williams If there’s one thing Michigan needs to ensure its progress as a state, most citizens agree that leadership tops the list. From the Upper Peninsula to the “thumb” region, not only is the need for political and civic guidance an essential one in the minds of state residents. Business and economic focused expertise is widely regarded as just as important, or more so. One such presence of Michigan expertise has been active for decades, though known under different names: Detroitbased Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) operates as a formal alliance and self-defined “roundtable” on the state’s economic affairs and financial wellbeing. Formed through a membership of chairpersons, CEOs, and senior execs representing Michigan’s largest employers and schools, the BLM sponsors conferences and research to help address the region’s financial needs. It also partners with the Brookings Institute to accelerate the growth of major cities. Once known as Detroit Renaissance, and with a focus on growth throughout Southeast Michigan, BLM expanded to a statewide presence in 2009. Since the 1970s, as Detroit Renaissance, the BLM’s roots as a sort of union in solidarity toward economic development were planted. Members include CEOs from DTE Energy, Ford Motor Company, and PVS Chemicals, to name a few. But the non-profit BLM is more than just another “think tank,” according to the organization’s own figures; its members fuel nearly a quarter of the

state’s economy and educate nearly half of Michigan’s college students. About 320,000 Michigan residents are employed by BLM members, the organization states, adding that its efforts generate more than $1 trillion in annual revenue. In April, the organization announced the second of two venture capital funds, with an initial $60 million. “We had great success with the 45 million in our first round,” says Doug Rothwell. Michigan has performed better than the national

average during this economic downturn,” Rothwell adds. “My message to Mackinac leaders is that we think there is an economic turnaround in Detroit and the state.” “Venture capital has been one of the principal drivers of economic growth around the nation,” Chris Rizik, head of BLM’s Renaissance Venture Capital Fund (RVCF), said of the endeavor. “Venture capital-backed companies, as a whole, grow 50 percent faster than other companies and hire employees at eight times the national average. Michigan has the research and talent base to create these fast-growing new companies and the associated high-paying jobs. RVCF marries these strengths with new capital and a network of collaboration between young companies, venture capital funds and many

of Michigan’s largest companies, which will lead to more innovative new companies and employment in the state.” Among the BLM’s contributions of data is its annually produced “Michigan Fiscal Scorecard.” Recently released was the 2012 report, prepared by Anderson Economic Group, LLC, which showed positive indicators for the direction of the Great Lakes State. “The Michigan Fiscal Scorecard gives us a clear picture of the progress the state and local governments are making in managing their finances, as well as identifying those areas that still need improvement,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM president and CEO, in a news release. “As we continue to work to turn around Michigan and make it a top ten state for job, economic, and personal income growth, this realistic review of the state’s fiscal health allows us to gauge how Michigan compares to other states, whether benchmarks are being met, and what steps need to be taken to ensure continued fiscal strength.” While recent factors suggest Michigan’s movement toward economic recovery from the national recession, Rothwell says pension costs are one area of the state’s financial well-being that require more attention: “We expect changes to the state retirement system that were signed into law last year will help further reduce long-term costs in that system. There is also legislation currently before the Senate that, while not a full conversion from a defined benefit to a defined contribution plan, would begin to address liability in the Michigan

Doug Rothwell Public School Employee Retirement System. We encourage the Senate to continue working toward this critical fiscal reform.” The Business Leaders of Michigan also predict a million new workers in the next decade, which is why they see the need to invest in higher education and prepare Michigan residents to qualify for them. Business Leaders also say, “Michigan can take advantage of its great location and utilize some of the best engineering talent in this part of the world.” The BLM stresses the need for a business climate that can compete in a global economy, the need to promote growth in small businesses, improve Michigan’s

physical infrastructure, change the way it manages its finances and improve the way its services are delivered. All are a part of the 10 year turnaround that PVS Chemicals James Nicholson says are “achievable goals. Michigan Business Leaders of Michigan CEO Doug Rothwell also says the message of his organization will convey to leaders at the annual Mackinac Island Conference will be, “Detroit is critical to the state’s long-term success.” Detroit must have a vibrant city; assets like the health and medical area, the auto industry and the opportunity to grow logistics like our Tunnel and Bridge are all significant parts of our state’s turnaround plan.”

L. Brooks Patterson: Oakland County’s High Flying Executive By Carol Cain Special to the Chronicle

Love him or not, when it comes to opinions about L. Brooks Patterson there isn’t much middle ground. To say he has also been a lightning rod when talk turns to Detroit, race relations, the fate of region and state, would be putting it mildly. The venerable 73-year-old — who is seeking his sixth term as Oakland County Executive at a time his county like much of the state is slowly on the road to economic recovery — has been one of the most enduring elected leaders in the state. Patterson has also been among the most effective as he’s been behind innovative programs in his county — the second largest in Michigan — like Automation Alley, Emerging Sectors and an enviable three-year budget which has gained applause and kudos from Wall Street’s bond rating firms. Born and raised on the northwest side of Detroit, he has been elected as executive for 20 years, and as county prosecutor the previous 16 years. Patterson also has a softer side that doesn’t get much attention with an ability to make lemonade when life serves up lemons. He started Rainbow Connection on behalf of a good friend and that man’s son and daughter who died in a plane crash. The organization – which he dedicated to their memory -gives out wishes to ailing children. Patterson also rallied the community a few years ago to build a home for a family struck by tragedy. They had lost two teenage sons in an auto accident, another son severely injured in Iraq, the father was out of work and they had lost their home. And a few months ago, Patterson read of Marley’s plight and took action. Marley is the 10-month old golden lab whose story of abuse was front page news. Police were summoned to a Waterford home for another reason and spotted the ailing dog with an injured leg. The owner was ordered to seek treatment which she did not do. After another police visit for another reason, Marley was taken away for emergency surgery which ended with his leg being amputated. A warrant for animal cruelty was issued for the dog’s owner. Marley’s story has a happy ending thanks to Patterson who decided to adopt him. “I was attracted to the dog for a couple of reasons: obviously the horrible plight of abuse and losing its leg, but equally compelling was the name “Marley,” said Patterson. That’s the name of his late son’s youngest daughter, Marley, who was three months

L. Brooks Patterson old when 28-year-old Brooksie Patterson died in a snowmobile accident. “I was making arrangements to bring him home when my daughter Mary’s three kids — Ella, Brooks and Liv — found out about it. They wanted him. The kids won out.” “But I’ll still get visitation rights,” he laughed. It is that heart of gold coupled with his die-hard defending of his county that has gained him fans. Even critics can’t help but admire his effectiveness. Spending time with Patterson, who has been a staple of CBS62’s “Michigan Matters” since the Emmy winning show’s debut seven years ago, one thing is certain, you will know exactly where he stands on issues. Q: You are running for a sixth term at county executive. Did you give any thought to retiring? A: No. I’ve got several irons in the fire and multi-year projects and I want to see them through. Our Emerging Sectors program is about diversification. We are only eight years into that and it will be 25 before we truly diversify away from our dependence on manufacturing. Though, I don’t think I will be here in 25 years. Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Oakland County? A: It’s the economy, the economy, and, the economy. It is improving as we talked bout at our recent economic forecast luncheon. We are forecasting that we will add 35,000 jobs over the next three years., Our foreclosures are down. Q. Where do you see the biggest opportunity for Oakland? A: In the life sciences and medical field. There are quality jobs there and it is expanding. It is all part of the growing knowledge based economy. We seem to be having feast or famine situation when it comes to engineering jobs. We can’t seem to fill many of the jobs that are open. Q: As 1600 of our closest friends are joining us at the

Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Conference, what do you see as the biggest issue before the conference? A: I think the Detroit economic situation will cast a pall over the conference. We need Detroit to help itself. They were finally brought to the table kicking and screaming. It was a bar room brawl. Q: With the financial consent agreement signed by the city and state, how optimistic are you about it? A: There are nine members on the new Finance Advisory Board. These are powerhouse men and women and will not sit idly by as wall flowers. Then there are nine council members who still maintain they are in charge. The consent agreement also created two new positions: a CFO and project manager. Then add in the governor and the state treasurer and you have 22 cooks in the kitchen, with nobody in charge. I can’t see how this design works. Bankruptcy looms on the horizon. Q: Why didn’t Gov. Rick Snyder appoint an Emergency Manager in Detroit as has been done in Flint, Benton Harbor and other cities? A: I don’t think he wanted to be viewed like (former Gov. John) Engler when he came in and took over Detroit Public Schools. Q: Speaking of politics, you endorsed former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney early on in the 2008 presidential race. Like a lot of Republicans you took longer this time.Why ? A. I wanted to see how the race was playing out. I think Mitt will do a fabulous job as president. Obama has done a miserable job and has been caught in his own misstatements about things. If my negatives were as high as Barack Obama’s, I’d be worried about being re-elected. Q: Democrat Kevin Howley is running against you. Are you concerned about being re-elected? A. No. Q: Denise Ilitch, another

regular on “Michigan Matters,” recently held a fundraising dinner at her home for Barack Obama. Detroit Public School Emergency Manager Roy Roberts and consultant Charlie Beckham who taped a show with us joked they were going to buy you a ticket. Would you have gone? A: Yes, and I would have asked him about our $17 trillion dollar debt under his watch and its impact on the kids and grandkids. Q: How do you think Gov. Snyder has done? A: I think he has been effective in his first year at getting things done like balancing the budget and getting rid of the debt. The challenge now will be to keep that momentum going. Q: At last year’s Mackinac conference, Gov. Snyder boldly announced he would have a deal signed to build a second bridge to Canada within a month. As one of the few GOP to come out early in support of the bridge, you said “good luck” knowing it would be tough. A year later, it still isn’t done. Political misstep? A: He actually picked up where (Gov. Jennifer) Granholm left off, working through the Legislature. He would have been better off using his executive powers and issued an executive order. The bridge would be well underway by now had he chosen the second course Q: Your counterpart in Wayne, Bob Ficano, cant seen to stay out of the headlines

Snyder “And more than that, we’ve got people working much better together,” he said. “That’s where I view our opportunity here in Detroit. To get Detroit on the path of being a great city. Think about the power of Michigan with Detroit being on a path for success.” The governor also spoke about the importance of making library services — especially those delivered via technology — available to all. “Access to intellectual capital is the real question behind all this,” he said. Snyder acknowledged the many services libraries provide, which in addition to lending out books, magazines, CDs and DVDs, includes computer and Internet access, a plethora of reference materials, and resources for job hunting — some of which are available through online access, and said making access easier for young people will get them engaged in reading and learning more. Snyder discussed regional transportation, but said he’d like to take it off the Mackinac conference’s “recurring list.” “We’re not done with that yet,” Snyder said. “We’ve got it in the legislature, so it’s in

with growing woes. Politically speaking, you think he survives? A: I don’t think he will resign. So far there hasn’t been anything that has connected him directly to anything illegal. I am not so sure about his political future and whether he can or will run again in 2014. Q: Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel admits he is fashioning his county set up after yours. How do you think he is doing? A. He is doing a good job. He has the challenge of every new county official – to draw lines between his office and the county board. That’s why he is involved with lawsuits with the board. Q: Dave Bing is a former CEO and NBA legend who made his maiden voyage into politics taking over a city in crisis. Give him a grade? A: I’d give him an A-plus for effort and B-minus for performance. It’s not all his fault. He has a city council with some who want to run for mayor and made it difficult to get anything done. Q: As a former English teacher in Detroit, give L. Brooks Patterson a grade for his performance as County Executive. A: Triple A-plus! (Carol Cain is the Emmy winning Senior Producer and Host of CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” airing 11:30 am Sundays. She can be reached at 248-355-7126 or clcain@cbs. com.

From page A-3 process. In a perfect world, we would have had that done.” Asked how close we are to having a regional transportation system within the next five years, Snyder said he believes we’re making progress. “I think we just have to go through the normal legislative process, and you run into challenges there,” he said. With respect to the future of Detroit, Snyder said the city needs to go back to doing what it does best — making thing and exporting goods. “The ‘imported from Detroit’ line is a fabulous visual for where the city’s going,” he said. Snyder also said it’s about making Detroit a magnet for young people, and that the neighborhoods have to be part of the equation. For decades, Detroit has been defined by the auto industry. Snyder said the industry remains very important, and is on a parallel path with the state in many respects. “There’s a symbiotic relationship,” he said. “So it’s not two separate tracks, it’s like they’re interwoven.”

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Michigan needs to upgrade its long term care system By Jacqueline Morrison State Director, AARP Michigan

cal disabilities can be supported in home and community based services for every one person in a nursing home.

Michigan is falling behind other states in how we deliver long-term care services, according to a report recently published by AARP Michigan. Michigan currently spends only 21.6 percent of its long-term care budget for older adults and people with disabilities on home and community based services. In other words, Michigan spends 78.4% of its long-term care dollars on nursing home care. There are 35 other states that spend a smaller proportion of their long term care dollars on nursing homes than we do in Michigan, and many of them quite significantly. And so why does this matter? It matters because: • Surveys tell us the overwhelming majority of Michiganders want to avoid ever living in a nursing home. If or when people need long-term care services, they prefer to stay at home, or in a homelike, community setting.

Also, a national analysis published in 2011 found that the use of home and community based services (HCBS) Jacqueline Morrison produced an average annual public expenditure saving of $57,338 per participant.

• Nursing homes are very expensive, and they are becoming more expensive. In 2011, the median annual rate for a person to stay in a semi-private room in a nursing home in Michigan was over $80,000.

In the short term, there are federal dollars available through two programs: The State Balancing Incentive Payments Program and the Community First Choice Option. Both of these programs would provide the state a higher federal match to pay for home and community based services, and the application process is currently open for both.

• By spending such an overwhelming share of our long-term care dollars on nursing homes, Michigan is missing out on the significant cost savings that are available when states rebalance their long term care systems to provide proportionately more home and community based services.

By rebalancing Michigan’s Long Term Care System in this way Michigan can move toward the achievable goal of providing more of the long term care services that Michigan’s population increasingly needs, in the setting that people overwhelmingly want — and at a savings to taxpayers.

So what are the savings that are available?

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In the long term, we know that nearly three older people or adults with physi-

Detroit: Fundamental incompetence substantially up, because police can’t protect the populace from predators.

By Bill Johnson If the best crime-fighting strategy Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Police Chief Ralph Godbee can come up with is a higher tax on the people being victimized, then the mayor and his chief ought to be sent packing. The city can’t survive more of the high tax, high crime solution. The Board of Police Commissioners has recommended placing on the November ballot a millage to raise $56 million to hire 500 additional police officers. The proposal would add 9 mills to tax bills for five years and cost a resident with a $100,000 home about $450 a year. Any thought of adding another tax to the highest taxed residents in Michigan has to be the joke of the new budget year. Detroit already has the highest income tax, property tax and utility tax rates in Michigan. These revenue streams are spiraling downward as crime drives out most of the working-class population. What remains are those least able to escape the scourge. They include largely defenseless children, the elderly and poverty-prone residents who suffer most in an environment where lawlessness has displaced civil order. Yet there’s nothing in Detroit’s history that would lead anyone to believe that the city can tax its way to better police protection. Another tax will likely expedite the stampede to the suburbs. The problem, of course, is not entirely law enforcement related. The record is clear that many young people contributing to the murderous spree are not only unemployed, they are unemployable, lacking high school diplomas and the social skills needed to hold down a steady job. Low expectations and lack of direction from a clueless school bureaucracy means thousands of would-be criminals won’t be challenged early on when their interest in school is most likely to be decided. That, and the fact that many come from fractured families, explains why many are easily steered down the path to underclass behavior. But don’t expect crime victims to have much sympathy about this intractable social condition when they are staring down the barrel of a gun belonging to a thug who has just kicked their door in and the cops are unresponsive. To a large extent, national and state firearm sales are setting new records and concealed weapon permit applications

Insufficient crimefighting tools also contribute mightily to police deficiencies. If Mayor Bing has his way, the 2012-13 budget will reflect an 18 percent cut Bill Johnson to the police department, totaling about $75 million. About 380 positions out of 2,100 would be eliminated through attrition and early-retirement. There should be no higher budget priority of any government than the safety of its residents. And Detroiters already pay dearly for that security that’s denied them. The focus should be on the inability of the police hierarchy to maximize existing resources. Chief Godbee and the Police Commission, policymakers for the department, don’t have a coherent plan for curbing the violence. Worse, the mayor won’t give the department proper equipment to get the job done. The depleted, demoralized rank-andfile not only grapple with weak leadership at the top, officers vainly struggle daily, at considerable personal risk, to keep the peace and control the carnage among an increasingly hostile citizenry. Because of the demand and the need, the only explanation why the powerful appeal of hiring more cops doesn’t prevail is incompetence. Even as this senseless police staffing debate rages, there is an “open season” on Detroiters. Criminals easily assess the false signals of the ruinous crimefighting strategy and exploit its inconsistencies and deficiencies. The deadly result is in the city’s mounting body count. So let’s be clear: The mayor, police chief and police commission have yet to propose anything resembling a surgical strike against uncontrolled crime. That means Detroiters fundamentally need a new mayor, a new chief or a violence containment strategy they can live with.

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Gov. Snyder, making China’s rise work for Michigan By Tom Watkins In the past, much of the conversation in Michigan surrounding China has been negative. With the arrival of Gov. Snyder, the tune has begun to change. Ever the optimist, he is putting his “relentless positive action” attitude to work seeking was to tap the riches of China to help get Michigan working again. I have argued for some time that the China wave is coming. We have a choice: Do nothing and be swamped, or learn to surf and ride the wave. Our governor has proclaimed, “Surf’s up!” The tide has been turning since Deng Xiaoping opened China’s doors to the world 30 years ago. Their economy has grown at double digits even as much of Michigan turned to hand-wringing. Gov. Snyder has instructed his team to find thoughtful, and mutually beneficial ways to build economic, cultural, and educational ties with China and seek ways to tap into the rising economy produced by the Chinese middle class. Recently I was appointed to the International Board of Advisors for Business Development by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. I am honored to work with the state to build two-way economic, educational and cultural bridges with China in ways to benefits us all. During the recent 20th anniversary of the Chinese Association of Greater Detroit’s annual dinner, China’s Chicagobased Consul General, Yang Guoqiang made it clear that China values our state and region. Mr. Yang said, “the opportunity exists to build on the strength and needs of Michigan and China that can be mutually beneficial.” There are more and more signs that China is once again shifting its statecontrolled “Capitalism, with Chinese characteristics”, and moving from an exports-dominated economy to one with greater emphasis on domestic consumer spending. This shift is driven by the slowdown in the global economy, especially in the U.S. and the European Union amid the growing discretionary income now available to more and more Chinese citizens. It is said more than 400 million Chinese have moved from abject poverty to the equivalent of a Chinese middle class over the past three decades. The World Bank recently issued a report dramatizing the need for China to adjust its economic model. In “China 2030: Building a Modern, Harmonious, and Creative High-Income Society”, the report suggests that China gradually increase its spending on social services by 7-8% of GDP over the next 20 years. It is likely the Chinese Communist Party will gradually develop additional social safety nets, as suggested by the China 2030 report, such as medical insurance and social security to address the widening gap between rich and poor. This move is seen as a way to put more consumer money into the domestic economy by preventing the hoarding of savings as a security blanket against illness and old age. Many may ask, “Who cares?” Everyone in Michigan and America should. The China market is the 21st century consumer gold mountain of economic opportunity. Michigan’s new governor understands we have many goods and services to sell the Chinese along with an equal number of investment opportunities for newly wealthy Chinese invest in Michigan. Reversing multiple years of playing “Peking Duck” with China, he traveled to the Land of the Economic Dragon in his first six months in office. He sent a signal to the Chinese that Michigan is open for business and to develop the necessary relationships/ guanxi to seal deals. This governor “gets it” when he says, “It’s all about creating jobs for Michigan families and creating bright futures for our kids.” He also recently made it clear he is perhaps the most immigrant friendly governor in America. Gov. Snyder wants Michigan to be a magnet for talent and investment from around the globe and is setting both the tone and business climate to help make this possible. Understanding that doing business in China is not the equivalent of an economic “one-night-stand” the governor and his team have follow-up trips planned for this autumn. We can travel to “Red” China as a way to make some “green/cash” right here in Pure Michigan.

Michigan and America have much that a newly-demanding Chinese consumer wants and needs. With leadership in Michigan, opportunities abound.

Exports, Autos and Technology

China is Michigan’s third largest export market, behind only Canada and Mexico. The potential for growth is exponential. GM and Ford have been and will continue to do well, building and selling cars in China. If it were not for the Chinese market, neither company’s bottom line would be as black as it is today. The Chinese are seeking both new technologies and management skills that exist in abundance in Michigan.

Agriculture Think blueberries. The Chinese love blueberries and Michigan is a world’s leading producer of this fruit. Dairy products, cattle, corn, hogs, soybeans, turkey, chicken, wheat, and sugar beets are some of the many products we could be selling in China.

Sustainability With one-fifth of the world’s population, an ancient civilization of over 5,000 years, rapid industrialization and a rising economy, China faces environmental challenges and a need to enhance sustainable practices on a scale only matched by the vast size of the country. China is in the process of erecting entire new cities that are building sustainable practices from the foundations up. We can work together to help build a better and more sustainable planet.

Investment Michigan has attracted the seventh highest amount of Chinese direct investment since 2003 and there is more Chinese yuan available. Many estimate China will invest over a trillion U.S. dollars world-wide over the next decade. Michigan would be wise to get its fair share.

MEDC Builds Bridge To China The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Export Now, an export services company, have partnered to launch a China export initiative for small business. As a result, Michigan consumer goods companies interested in reaching 1.3 billion new customers in the fastest growing economy in the world can now do so. The program will offer Michigan companies the opportunity to test their products in the Chinese consumer market with limited risk. “This unique exporting program builds on Governor Rick Snyder’s mission to China last fall,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. With support from MEDC, Michigan companies will pay only $1,000 to sign up with Export Now and use the service for one year, two-thirds less than the usual $3,000 charge. Michigan companies will ship goods on consignment to an Export Now depot in California, where shipments are consolidated and forwarded to Export Now’s Shanghai distribution center. China can and must be part of the ingredients necessary to reinvent and revitalize Michigan’s economy. With continued entrepreneurial spirit and leadership, embracing our Chinese colleagues here and across the ocean can only help Michigan prosper. Local leaders in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties have been leading the charge to build bridges with China. They welcome the support and leadership Governor is lending to their ongoing efforts. As Joe Miao, the immediate past president of the Detroit Chinese Business Association summed up: “The bridge to China travels two ways and is open for business.” Editor’s Note: Tom Watkins is a former Michigan state superintendent of schools, CEO of the Palm Beach County Economic Council and is currently a U.S./China consultant. He can be reached at tdwatkins88@gmail. com.

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Harvey Hollins addresses urban issues By Patrick Keating

Positive outlook Job growth will continue


Asked why urban cities are important to the future of Michigan, Harvey Hollins III, director of the Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives, said that the Brookings Institute did a study through Business Leaders of Michigan and public sector consultants, which showed that Michigan’s 14 top metropolitan areas are home to 82 percent of the state’s population; 84 percent of the state’s jobs; 86 percent of the state’s Gross Domestic Product; 91 percent of post-secondary degree holders; and 85 percent of exports. “At the center of these metropolitan areas are your cities,” he said. “And the only reason why these metros are what they are and where they are is because of cities. So, to strengthen the state, we have to strengthen our cities.” The Office of Urban and Metro- Harvey Hollins III politan Initiatives is based in Detroit with branches in Grand Rapids, Flint and Kalamazoo. There are two components of an urban economic development strategy currently in the works: indicators that will be benchmarked internationally, and best practices among those indicators. “For example, we plan to conduct international research to help identify the ideal number of firefighters and equipment per 100,000 citizens and to utilize that formula as a guide throughout the state. That’s essentially the exercise.” Hollins said this has been done before, that most governors have an urban agenda. “The question is how do we create a document or tool that transcends administrations?” he asked, adding that there’s no point in re-creating the wheel. “We have to have some data that transcends the politics of the state, that tracks our state in a way that everyone keeps their eyes on the ball,” Hollins said. He acknowledged that, given politics, there will be some nuances to objectives, but said there shouldn’t be a new strategic plan every cycle.

Asked for examples of best practices of cities that


By Margo Williams From auto industry bailouts to financial manager appointments, Michigan has been struggling to get itself up from the canvas of economic struggle for several years. While elected officials and CEOs have shared most of the burden for revitalizing labor, the state’s laborers themselves have felt most of the actual suffering. Due to a combination of recent efforts and ongoing initiatives, however, Michigan’s prospects on the labor front are improving. State employment data indicates that Michigan created 5,000 jobs statewide, as recently as April, trimming the unemployment rate to 8.3 percent. The figure is the lowest that it’s been in four years. “That’s a drop of .2 percent from 8.5 in March,” says Bruce Weaver, an economic analyst for the State of Michigan. “Our rate is just slightly above the national unemployment rate, which was 8.1 percent in April.” Generating most of the 5,000 new jobs, Weaver says, were the business services and banking industries. While construction jobs experienced a significant drop, the state’s employers and employees both have other reasons to be excited about Michi- Don Blue gan’s overall growth trend, particularly in manufacturing and supplying, during the coming days. State impresses Brose The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently announced that Brose North America will invest $60 million to create 450 full-time engineering and manufacturing jobs in the state. One of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, Brose’s expansion is subject to state and local business initiative standards, but Gov. Rick Snyder is among those already looking forward to its increased presence on Michigan soil. “Brose, with 650 employees currently in Michigan, is a global leader and vital to our automotive supply chain,” says Snyder. “The company’s decision to invest so heavily in Michigan is a strong

statement of the great opportunities that, thanks to our business climate improvements, means Michigan offers growing companies one of the best business climates in the country.” Jan Kowal, president of Brose North America, echoes Snyder’s enthusiasm, saying the company’s growth translates to demand for new manufacturing workers: “We are pleased with our controlled growth. In 2011, Brose achieved annual sales of $1 billion in North America, and worldwide sales of over $5 billion. This project will mean new Michigan jobs and a combined investment from Brose and its customers of over $60 million by 2017.” Local jurisdictions helped play a part in making Michigan attractive to the company, which will also receive a $3.5 million Michigan Business Development Program tax incentive to help it move into New Boston’s former Chrysler Mopar facility. Huron Charter Township also supports Brose’s expansion, in the form of a 12-year property tax abatement. “The support of the Michigan government was instrumental in our decision to open the new location here,” says Scott Trujillo, vice president of finance for Brose. “Talks began in earnest during Gov. Rick Snyder’s visit to our sales, engineering and production location in Wurzburg, Germany this March. After reviewing many locations in the United States and Canada, we chose New Boston, due to the proximity to strategic customers, the positive economic climate for job creation developed by Gov. Snyder, and favorable new fiscal management in the State of Michigan.” Already, more than 19,000 employees in 23 countries work for Brose, which specializes in mechatronic systems and electric drives. “Gov. Snyder’s meeting with Brose executives in Germany underscored our strong relationship with the company, and demonstrated again that Michigan is more business-friendly than ever,”


DTE Energy Foundation to partner with City Connect Detroit to provide 500 summer jobs for youths The DTE Energy Foundation recently announced plans to expand its support of a youth summer employment initiative by funding up to 500 summer jobs in Detroit and other vulnerable communities. The foundation’s $750,000 commitment includes a $500,000 grant to the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program, which is the largest private donation toward a fundraising goal of $2 million. The Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program is a privately funded initiative run by City Connect Detroit. The additional $250,000 will be used to enhance Detroit’s program and expand to other communities across the state. The grant was announced at the “Breakfast of Champions” campaign kickoff which brought together a wide range of supporters from Detroit’s business, civic and philanthropic communities including The Skillman Foundation and the City of Detroit.

“These summer jobs will help hundreds of young people learn what it takes to be a good employee and to earn some money that will benefit them and their families,” said Fred Shell, vice president of DTE Energy’s Corporate and Government Affairs group and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “But ultimately, when they are young adults and ready to enter the workforce full time, employers and the broader community will benefit from a more capable and successful workforce.” Shell added that jobs also help to deter crime by keeping young people productive and focused during the idle summer months. “Our investment in summer jobs reflects a broader support of youth development initiatives in the communities that we serve,” he said. The foundation will work with about 50 community partners to place teens and young adults in jobs at their agen-

cies. In 2011, the foundation provided a $500,000 grant to fund nearly 350 jobs in the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program. The summer jobs program begins

in July and runs for six weeks. To donate funds to support the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program, contact City Connect Detroit at 313.967.5887 or visit http://www.growdetroitsyoungtalent.org.



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Despite fiscal crisis, investment surges in

Detroit By Daniel J. Loepp

The Mackinac Policy Conference has become something of a rite of spring in Detroit, an annual opportunity for some of the region’s biggest influencers to reconnect, exchange ideas and gain fresh perspective from one another and outsiders on how we can build a stronger region. This year’s conference kicks off as Detroit simultaneously faces unprecedented challenges and rides a wave of new investment. The opposing storylines do not exist independently. On the one hand, Mayor Dave Bing and city leaders are enmeshed in some of the toughest fiscal straits Detroit has ever faced. The finan“Detroit in cial oversight board must make many difmany ways ficult, gut-wrenching but necessary is undergoing decisions that will affect residents a painful but and those who spend time in the long-overdue city.

restructuring. I like to think of it as competitive strengthening.”

At the same time, the Central Business District hums with new life and vitality. New companies, restaurants, bars and retail shops are opening as the first hints of a new economy emerge from sagging real estate values and the sense that no one will save us but ourselves. Top amenities like the RiverWalk and Campus Martius teem with activity, lending a big city feel to Detroit for the first time in decades. Many of us never dreamed of the day when people would struggle to find an available house or apartment in downtown Detroit because of high demand, but that’s exactly what’s happening now.

Daniel J. Loepp (left), president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Gregory A. Sudderth, chairman, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Board of Directors. employees from the suburbs to our unified downtown Detroit campus. More than 6,000 employees now arrive for work there every day. The Renaissance Center has its highestever occupancy rate. And we have plenty of company. Dan Gilbert and his team deserve a lot of credit for walking the talk on his vision for a new-economy Detroit 2.0. Credit is also due people like Cindy Pasky of Strategic Staffing Solutions, which has added employees to support a key business partnership with the Blues; Roger Penske, who is bringing back the Detroit Grand Prix; and Gerry Anderson of DTE Energy, which recently moved more employees to its beautiful downtown campus. Of course, any list would be incomplete without Christopher Ilitch, another DDP board member whose family was an early and consistent force for positive change; Peter Kar-

manos Jr., who brought Compuware downtown in the 1990s and helped establish Campus Martius; and General Motors, for nearly two decades now an anchor in the foundation of the city.

“Many of us doing business on the ground in Detroit feel confident that things are headed in the right direction.” — Daniel J. Loepp

It will be strange in many ways to attend the conference without Sam Logan, the former publisher of the Michigan Chronicle who died last year. The man who built this newspaper into one of the most influential African-American publications in the country was, like his personality, a dynamic presence on the island, and he played a key role in virtually everything important that happened in Detroit over the last several decades. His perspective on the city’s current dueling storylines is sorely needed.

Cleanup crews are keeping the streets free of litter. And soon, thanks to the commitment and vision of business leaders across the region, we’ll break ground on M1 Rail, the Woodward Avenue light rail line that will finally make good on efforts to expand mobility in Detroit. It’s clear there is confidence building. Businesses, young professionals and the creative class are bullish on the city, which is finally making good on decades’ worth of untapped potential. Detroit in many ways is undergoing a painful but long-overdue restructuring. I like to think of it as competitive strengthening.

Many of us doing business on the ground in Detroit feel confident that things are headed in the right direction.

Daniel J. Loepp is president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and chairman of the executive committee of the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

At Blue Cross, we’re nearly two weeks away from culminating the move of 3,000


Downtown is seeing a comprehensive transformation. It’s been exciting to watch the steady stream of companies — from Chrysler to Twitter, from GalaxE.Solutions to M@dison Building tech startups — launch offices in the city, helping transform once-vacant eyesores into bustling hubs of commerce and creativity. With help from the city and the DDP, we’ve installed more than 1,000 new energy-efficient LED lamps covering nearly half the Central Business District.

“This year’s conference kicks off as Detroit simultaneously faces unprecedented challenges and rides a wave of new investment.” ward: 1. Let’s focus on regional cooperation: Successful regions have the ability to work together to resolve geographical and philosophical differences. It’s time to place those aside and focus on a common vision for the region.

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Mark S. Lee

As regional leaders descend upon Mackinac for the Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference (MPC) this month, I believe it’s an appropriate time to discuss the importance of collaboration and entrepreneurship for Detroit, Southeast Michigan and the state. We are keenly aware of the issues confronting our region and state. During the last ten years, Detroit has suffered massive population losses resulting in increased foreclosure rates, unemployment and decreased revenue streams for the city. Moreover, the city currently is facing a financial crisis unseen in its long history. Despite what many see as “gloom and doom” for the Detroit region, I view it as an opportunity to focus on the future while helping Southeast Michigan continue to redefine itself like no other major region across the U.S. The Motor City built the American middle class and flexed its industrial might dating back to the early 1900s. However, times have changed and, as a region, we also must change. If you’ve been a reader of this column, you know we’ve discussed the importance of entrepreneurship and its role in Detroit’s revitalization and future. And while we’re beginning to see an increased investment in the

2. Leverage existing assets: From people to technology to great university institutions, this region has some of the most talented and brilliant people in the entire country. Let’s engage all people from all walks of life to develop strategies and solutions focused on moving this great city forward. 3. Encourage entrepreneurship: Downtown is beginning to attract investment, big and small. My hope is to see an entrepreneurship corridor along Woodward Avenue, where the storefronts will be filled with budding entrepreneurs. Those with a vision, desire and the commitment to start their own business.

Detroit Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah and Gov. Rick Snyder both cite the importance of improved col4. Continue to reduce red tape and laboration as a major goal of this year’s bureaucracy: I believe there’s a pentMackinac Policy Conference. up demand for new business developcity’s core, it’s time to see more and to continue to focus on collaboration and ultimately, growth. Thanks to leaders such as Dan Gilbert who’ve had the vision to invest downtown when few others were. Because of the Quicken Loans commitment, Mr. Gilbert has purchased several historic buildings downtown, resulting in several businesses and several of Quicken Loans business partners moving downtown. Additionally, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has made a similar investment by consolidating and relocating several thousand employees from across Southeast Michigan to downtown Detroit and, in other parts of the state, to Lansing and Grand Rapids. And now the latest example is Chrysler, which recently announced it is moving 70 employees to the Chrysler Tower (formerly the Dime Building). These companies are examples of companies investing in the community, and while these are appreciated and noteworthy commitments, let’s not forget the many established businesses that have stayed in Detroit through thick and thin. With that said, here’s my wish list for the region as we think about moving for-

ment in Detroit. Because of its assets, people really do want to make a difference. However, I believe we need to have a user, business friendly environment focused on encouraging investment in and around the city. 5. Expand Small Business incubators across the region: Wayne State, Tech-

Town, BIzDom, et al. have been great role models for aspiring entrepreneurs. However, it’s my hope we see increased collaboration from the city to suburbs and beyond, between colleges, universities, public and private sectors focused on educating Metro Detroiters on the value of entrepreneurship. While this is a wish list, I believe these can be thought starters for having a healthy debate. One that is focused on the best interests of the people who live and work here, not just on special interests. The paradigm must shift and we must focus on what’s best for Detroit, the region and the state. Yes, we have issues, but with the energy, willpower and innovative ideas rooted in small business development and investing in people, Detroit can and will be a leader, maybe not as the industrial power from its past, but in innovation, entrepreneurship and ultimately, producing jobs. As you meet and discuss the region’s future in Mackinac, let’s not just discuss grand ideas, but let’s focus on what can be done to make a difference. Are you ready? I am. Mark S. Lee can be reached at www. leegroupinnovation.com and he may be followed on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

Harvey Hollins have been in similar situations — best practices from which Detroit can learn — Hollins cited both Youngstown, Ohio, and Pittsburgh. Both lost their last steel mills. Youngstown had to come to the decision to be smaller. “It was a city of X square miles serving so many individuals, and they had to think about actually functioning as a smaller city, which means that they reduced services,” he said. “Their budget was done to accommodate the actual residents they had.” He added that Youngstown let go of any grand hopes of being the city it was when the steel mills were operating. “As a result, they’re a much more vibrant place,” he said. As for Pittsburgh, Hollins said it fo-

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cused on four primary economic development companies. He described them as anchor institutions that made Pittsburgh work. Hollins also referenced the book “Saving America’s Great Cities” by David McDonald. “He (McDonald) says that about 61 percent of the 300 top cities are not in a healthy growth state,” Hollins said. With respect to Detroit, Hollins believes some long-held historical dispositions need to be modified. “Not thrown out, but modified,” he emphasized. An example of one that needs to be modified is the idea that the manufac-


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Nearly $600 million spent with Michigan suppliers last year. Last year, DTE Energy committed to the Pure Michigan Business Connect Initiative by pledging to invest an incremental $750 million with Michigan businesses over five years. We’re excited to announce we are well ahead of our stated goals. But the numbers only tell half the story. What’s most important is helping strengthen our economy and a broad array of Michigan-based companies, including many minority- and women-owned businesses. Now, that’s progress.

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Healthy cities help rock the Great Lakes State happy.” Terrentine interjected to laughter from the audienc, “Not everyone is happy!” Of the historic financial consent agreement, Hollins said it offered a way not just for Detroit to become financially stable but also opens the door to more regional collaboration.

By Carol Cain Special to the Michigan Chronicle

The Michigan Chronicle’s Bankole Thompson asked Jackson how confident he was about the agreement and if he could “bank on this model.”


he Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes & Politics series has grown to become a groundbreaking forum on urban issues since its inception seven years ago.

This year, Gov. Rick Snyder’s comments regarding his proposed consent agreement provided scant time for the morning coffee of audience members Rev. Jesse Jackson, Detroit Branch NAACP President Wendell Anthony and others to cool before the debates began.

“Well, I know I couldn’t bank on what’s been going on the past 20 years,” Jackson said. “I don’t know if this is going to work or not without some form of bankruptcy, honestly.”

“We need to stop planning and start doing,” the pragmatic former CEO turned politician stated. “Detroit does not face a shortage of revitalization plans. I’ve reviewed most of them, including a plan endorsed by Gov. Milliken and Mayor Young in 1970.

Jackson added that he wished all these protesters had come out during the decline of city finances, not waited until the city reached a fiscal crisis.

“The perfectly good plan, which detailed many of the same issues that plague Detroit today, was never implemented,” lamented the governor. “And that’s why were discussing some of the same issues these two formidable advocates once addressed yet again today. I want us to help solve Detroit’s challenges, not merely talk about them.

Despite the woes, it hasn’t slowed business deals at all, Jackson added.

That theme of Detroit – the largest city in the state – as well as other urban cities across Michigan like Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Benton Harbor and how they figure in the state was also on tap for the second of the four “Pancakes” sessions. The second panel featured four economic development experts from across the state discussing the unique challenges and opportunities of cities. “The bottom line is unless we have strong cities – including Detroit – Michigan is going to suffer,” said Snyder before the sold out crowd at the Detroit Athletic Club. Now in its seventh season, “Pancakes and Politics” has been a must-attend event for those interested in the community and state as it has continued to put a spotlight on vital issues.

“Pancakes I”: Governor Snyder’s Vision “’Pancakes Politics’ was launched with a goal of helping keep the conversation going on some of our city and region’s most vexing problems,” said Hiram Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media and interim publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, which sponsors the forums.

Hiram Jackson

“As long as we keep the conversation going, there is always a chance we can find meaningful solutions,” he added.

The “Pancakes” forums have aired as special “Michigan Matters’ shows that have aired on CBS62 (11:30 a.m. Sundays). Carol Cain has moderated the forums that have included questions from Bankole Thompson, senior editor of the Chronicle, as well as some from the audience.

“The bottom line is unless we have strong cities – including Detroit – Michigan is going to suffer.” – Gov. Rick Snyder cifically about merging Detroit and Wayne County. “We have too much government, mismanagement, inside dealing and corruption and have run out of money to continue to prop it up,” Watkins said. “Isn’t it about time we merge/consolidate Detroit and Wayne County?” “I don’t think it will happen anytime soon,” said Hollins of Detroit and Wayne County merging. Hollins said collaboration would be a more likely way to bridge the gap. When asked what it was going to take for Southeast Michigan to become more collaborative, Terrentine said, “You have to have somebody who’s willing not to take the credit.” On other questions, the panel agreed cities offer advantages like cultural institutions that young creative workers crave. Jackson said cities are benefitting from creative financing to get deals done and a desire for more Gen Y-ers to move into urban cities. “People outside of Detroit often don’t know what’s happening there,” Jackson said. Terrentine said that from an outsider’s perspective, the Southeast Michigan region seems to be functioning as a whole.

“Pancakes III”: Motor City’s healthier times?

Detroit’s issues are impacting the region, said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who was of the third “Pancakes” featuring the “Big Four” political leaders including himself, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. “When I travel around country, if I was in a suburb of Chicago it would be an advantage,” Paterson said. “Right now, being a suburb of Detroit is an obstacle. We are not inextricably linked . We have a stand-alone economy. But, Detroit’s woes could impact my county’s bond ratings (if it got worse).” When talk turned to reinventing cities and state, Terrentine said it is vital to have younger voices in conversations. “I’ve been in rooms with people talking about what’s going to be cool in 10 years, and everyone in the room is over 50,” he said. “If you want me to pay for this in 20 years, I think it would be ingenious of you to invite me in to plan what I’m paying for. You have to engage the next generation of leaders. I challenge you, if you have a company or planning board, and you look around you and no one is under 50, open up another spot. Get somebody to forecast the future they’re actually going to participate in.” Williams also applauded Rick DeVos, grandson of Amway cofounder Rich DeVos, and the force behind ArtPrize – the world’s largest art prize in the world which he started with his family’s financial support four years ago in Grand Rapids.

Snyder talked of the importance of globalization to Detroit and the rest of the state as before he headed off to Germany and Italy for his second trade mission to build business relations and learn more about skilled trades. (He visited China, Japan and South Korea last year).

Williams mentioned Start Garden, which was launched a few weeks ago by Rick DeVos to inspire business start ups as an example of the growing role of Millenials in the community.

Snyder lamented having high tech jobs available in Michigan and employers having problems finding the talent to fill them here.

“We have 76,000 open The four economic jobs right now in Michidevelopment experts gan and we need to find were asked to name a better ways of having our people better trained for Tim Terrentine (left), vice president, Southwest Michigan First; George Jackson, CEO, Detroit Economic well-run city. them,” Snyder said. “Our Growth Corporation; Carol Cain, senior producer and host of CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters”; Harvey Hollins, Jackson named Tounemployment rate is 9 director, Michigan Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives; H. James Williams, dean, Seidman College of ronto, where “special inpercent right now but if Business at Grand Valley State University. terests are not allowed to we could fill those jobs, violate planning.” “You’re already merged,” he said. “People are it would drop 2 percentage points.” Terrentine mentioned Austin, Texas and its “eds working here and living there, eating here … the The governor also mentioned the role of race reand meds” growth strategy. patterns of humanity link us. That’s what we reallations in trying to reinvent Michigan and said that ized in southwest Michigan. Williams said Minneapolis. it struck a chord in Detroit more than anywhere Hollins saw it differently. Hollins, who answered last, complained that else in the state. “you’ve taken all my favorites” before naming Wash“I grew up in Kalamazoo. Detroit has a history “We have to remember we are all in this togethington, D.C., which he said has seen a renaissance Kalamazoo doesn’t have. The unspoken elephant er,” Snyder said. “We need to find common ground after being an economic basket case. in the room is race,” he said. “It really is a dividand those areas we can work together.” er, more so than any other place I’ve been in this Terrentine put a bowtie on the spirit of the “PanThat theme of race was also was part of the state. cakes” forums when he added, “On the west side second “Pancakes “ panel that included Harvey of the state, we are cheering for Detroit. We underHollins III, director of the Michigan Office of Urban stand that as Dr. King said, our fates are inextricaand Metropolitan Initiatives; George Jackson, presn the west side of the state, bly linked.” ident and CEO of Detroit Economic Growth Corp.; “Pancakes & Politics” sponsors include Buick, Tim Terrentine, vice president of Southwest Michiwe are cheering for Detroit. We Comcast Business Class, Strategic Staffing Solugan First in Kalamazoo; and H. James Williams, tions, HAP, Honigman, Blue Cross Blue Shield of dean of the School of Seidman School Business at Michigan, PNC, Quicken Loans and UHY. understand that as Dr. King said, Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids. Media sponsors include CBS62, WWJ Newsraour fates are inextricably linked.” dio 950, and Crain’s Detroit Business.


“Pancakes II”: Of Mergers and cooperation

Merging and regional cooperation got a lot of attention during that second Pancakes” session. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, who was in the audience , asked the panel how “relevant” cities were in the 21st century and wondered if a different form of regional governance made more sense. Tom Wakins, CEO of TDW & Associates and former State School Superintendent of Schools, who has talked about consolidation of schools and municipalities for years, followed up and asked spe-

— Tim Terrentine, vice president of Southwest Michigan First in Kalamazoo Something as basic as running a light rail line across Eight Mile Road is impeded by race, Hollins said. “I call Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo ‘Pleasantville,’ “ Hollins said. “I go over there, and the sun is shining, there are trees everywhere, everybody’s

Don’t miss the final “Pancakes & Politics” on Friday, June 15, at the Detroit Athletic Club. For more information, please call (313) 963-8100. Editor’s Note: Carol Cain is the Emmy-winning senior producer and host of CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” seen 11:30 a.m. Sundays. She has moderated “Pancakes & Politics” since its debut seven years ago. She can be reached at clcain@cbs.com.



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Positive outlook

adds MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “The opening of the facility in New Boston will provide additional highpaying jobs for years to come.” Numbers are increasing Growth figures for several of Michigan’s major urban centers offer a look at how the job landscape has become broader in the past two years. Among the data recorded: • 1,777,880 payroll-based jobs existed in metro Detroit as of March, compared with 1,702,500 in 2010 • 135,800 payroll-based jobs existed in Flint as of March, compared with 132,600 in 2010 • 371,300 payroll-based jobs existed in metropolitan Grand Rapids in March, compared with 354,700 in 2010 • 134,900 payroll-based jobs existed in metropolitan Kalamazoo in March, compared with 134,600 in 2010 • 84,200 payroll-based jobs existed in Saginaw and Saginaw Township in March, compared with 82,000 in 2010 The MEDC hopes that a new program designed to help experienced business leaders in transitioning from larger corporations will further contribute to the increase of available jobs: Michigan Shifting Gears, modeled after an earlier initiative for the Ann Arbor Spark economic development company, is showing promise, says Finney of the MEDC. Michigan Shifting Gears provides second chances for unemployed high-level managers, who’ve fallen victim to downsizing and other cost-cutting measures, while adding experienced leadership to fledgling business, Finney adds. “We have experience in trying it, where we find someone who was a CFO of a large, established company,” Finney says in a YouTube.com video posted to the mitalent.org website. “They find themselves without a job and wanting to start a second career, and so we thought it would be fairly easy for them to become a CFO for a start-up company that’s in the middle of putting the business together and raising money; all the usual things that start-ups do. “What we found (initially) was that it was a very poor match. And so we had someone with this wonderful knowledge

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that we could not plug into a transition to small and start-up for the 500 slots now open as a start-up company and have it companies, and the Shifting result of the grant. work. In fact, it was so bad in Gears program is one of the reFifty-two-year-old old Beva couple instances, we were sources that we have that can erly Troy was accepted into the told to never bring candidates help.” IT program last year after being forward again. Ironically, we One of the oldest jobs pro- laid off two years by IBM. She worked with a couple of EMU gram in the state is Detroit- admits as a single mother with professors, and they designed based Focus: HOPE. Founded no job, saying, “It was tough, a curriculum that was a com- in 1981 it is a national role but it gave me the chance to rebination of classroom, mentor- mode in job training, education invent myself. They had classes ship and coaching, and then in- and placement... It recently re- in cutting edge technology and ternship at either a it prepared me start-up or a small to go back to the “Brose North America’s decision to invest so heavcompany; and workplace. The through that proily in Michigan is a strong statement of the great rules were tough cess – it was about “they ran it opportunities that, thanks to our business climate but a three- or fourlike a full-time job. month process – improvements, means Michigan offers growing Business attire the transformation was required and companies one of the best business climates in of the individuals employees must that went through the country.” – Gov. Rick Snyder be on time. It gave the program was me discipline.” phenomenal. ceived a grant from Workforce When asked what advice “And so we made it a core Development (part of the Michi- the Detroit resident could give part of what we did at Ann gan Economic Development thousands of people out of Arbor Spark, and we now have Corporation) to train 500 people work, she responded, “It’s never brought the program to the ages 18 to 24 in Machinery and too late to retrain. Always be MEDC and we’re scaling it on a IT. The non-profit organization willing to learn something new statewide basis. We think that with a 76% job placement rate and remain open-minded. You a lot of folks who’ve been dis- provides Training certificates never know where it’s going to placed from traditional employ- as well as degrees and is taking take you.” ers in our state can make the applications until September

Harvey Hollins turing sector will come back in the way it was in the 1940s and 1950s. On the other hand, he said manufacturing will be a critical component. “In fact, the Brook­ings report suggests that we need to focus on innovation and manufacturing to enhance exports,” he said. “So that’s a good thing about the manufacturing sector.” Hollins added that there are some reality checks, however. He said Detroit is a city of 140 square miles servicing 700,000 people, and within that footprint it could accommodate Boston, San Francisco and Manhattan. Yet Detroit only has a percent of the combined population of those three cities. “So we have to get to a strategy where we’re focusing on density and where populations are,” he said. Hollins also wants new people — especially younger ones — brought into the conversations about the issue, rather than have it continue only among those who’ve been talking about it since before he was born. “There’s a young group out there that’s facing a different

After extensive training in Microsoft, Beverly Troy was hired full-time by Focus: HOPE as a Recruiter and Data Specialist. Don Blue, 36, of Detroit , enrolled in the Focus: HOPE machinist program after being out of work two years. He owned his own recording studio and worked in plastics molding before his company got sold. He graduated from the machinist program and the Job Readiness classes. “There’s a culture about this place. The skills they teach us make us marketable. We all got job offers before we graduated,” he says. He had to pass intense mathematics classes and machinist classes to graduate. He is now a teacher’s assistant for machinists at Focus: HOPE. Focus: HOPE has graduated 12,000 people since its inception and accepts seniors as well as young adults.

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reality,” he said. “They want to move to the city of Detroit. They want to make it work. So, we want to bring them into the conversation as well.” He also said density in a very small space, where there’s demand for resources and services, and the tax base is sustainable to support the demand, makes a big city work. Hollins pointed out that the state needs to get out of the business of spreading its resources to thinly, and making sure everybody’s happy, and instead getting to a point where it focuses its resources where the city hopes its demographics will grow. “This requires the city to exert leadership and direction,” he said. “It requires that the city make better use of its existing master plan, and that all initiatives— including Detroit Works or any future initiative by any future mayor — will be coordinated with that master plan, so that it has longevity over administrations.” For its part, the state has to get its data assessments right. “We have to take a very thorough environmental scan of the city of Detroit, of where we’re

spending our money,” he said. He added that we’d get a “better bang for the dollar” by spending money to prevent the onset of blight in a neighborhood than in starting a MSHDA (Michigan State Housing Development Authority) housing project in a neighborhood where there’s only four or five people on a block. He said the “if you build it they will come” concept only happens in the movies, “as far as urban planning and city politics go.” From a statewide perspective, many cities have similar issues, Hollins said. These include revenue sharing and deteriorating housing stock due to foreclosures. “We’re able to develop teams and stakeholders on the ground to drill up to what they think will work to solve those similar crises,” he said. “And what we’ll find is there may be some commonality in terms of policy that we can through as a state.” He also said Gov. Snyder wants to focus on growing Detroit and creating jobs. There also needs to be training for some 80,000 jobs available state-wide.

“A lot of these jobs are highskilled and we don’t have the work force ready to just go into them,” Hollins said. He added that he doesn’t just want people working in Detroit, he wants them to live there, too. Or spend the majority of their time in the city, enjoying its amenities. He said it helps the state’s bottom line if a company hires 500 people, but if those 500 people work in Detroit, but leave for a suburb at 5:00, then the city is still where it has been. He said the governor is clear on his desire to revitalize urban centers. “It’s goal number five on his 10-point goal when he did his state of the state address in 2011 to restore our cities,” Hollins said. “We’re doing things that will create the job climate for our state; that will retain our youth in our state; that will reform government and make it more efficient. And if the result is people are being employed, and our cities stop losing population, stop bleeding, that’s our goal. We just want to see it or make sure we’re on the right trajectory to achieve it as a state.”

“Detroit’s ComebaCk is unDerway at the waterfront” SPeCIal TRaVel SeCTIoN GQ, May 2012

With just one look, you know it’s real. Now, 45 blocks of newly developed public space attracts more than 3 million visitors a year. This project signifies what is possible when a public-private partnership works together to create the fastest and most ambitious project in Detroit’s history. It is a catalyst for economic development – working to attract new business, new employees and provide a significant green, public space for our residents. We invite you to take a closer look at just a few of our attractions: the custom designed Cullen Family Carousel and the new Playpark at Rivard Plaza, the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, and the fountains at GM Plaza. We have completed 80 percent of the east Riverfront and are embarking on new construction to connect the public parks and green spaces in the remaining parcels before heading to develop the west Riverfront. Welcome to Detroit’s comeback. Visit us at detroitriverfront.org.

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Collaboration is key

By Cynthia J. Pasky

Detroit has a lot of needs these days. It needs more police officers and firefighters. It needs a lower crime rate. It needs a balanced budget. But more than anything it needs jobs. There is nothing wrong with Detroit that would not be solved by enough jobs for every man and who needs one. COMMENTARY woman When people have a job, they can buy food, pay the rent or the mortgage, pay their car note and provide the extras that families need. They pay taxes that support a government that provides needed services. They create strong, vibrant neighborhoods that are great places to raise a family. An outmigration of jobs led to an outmigration of people from Detroit. An in migration of jobs will bring people back. Gov. Snyder is to be commended for his steadfastness and determination to develop a consent agreement that begins the process of getting Detroit’s finances in order. But that is only a critical first step to revitalizing our city. In the end, it will be revitalized by a partnership between the city, the foundation community and the business community. The third part of that partnership, the business community, is indispensible because it is the ultimate creator of jobs. If you look at Detroit’s successes in our lifetime, they were brought about by a partnership between the city and business.

Daniel Loepp, Cynthia Pasky and George Jackson. It was the business community, in the person of Mike Ilitch and Little Caesars, that worked with the city and Mayor Coleman Young to purchase and renovate the Fox Theatre when many were talking about tearing it down. Today, the Fox is thriving, the Grand Circus Theatre has become the Detroit Opera House and the theatre district is flourishing as the second largest theatre district east of the Mississippi. Comerica Park and Ford Field are the equal of any stadiums in the country. Without the courage and vision of Mike Ilitch in taking the critical first step, none of that would have happened. It was the business community, in the person of General Motors, that worked closely with the city, in the face of much controversy, to build the Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant. Today, GM is building the Chevy Volt at the Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant. Chrysler Jefferson, which is now running three shifts, was built because the City of Detroit had a strong relationship with Chrysler and followed through on its commitments. The Book Cadillac and Fort Shelby hotels were renovated by developers who worked closely with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation to see their vision become reality. Fortunately, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, under the leadership of George Jackson, recognizes the need for partnerships with business and the importance of the business community in creating jobs. And Gov. Snyder has shown a fundamental understanding of the importance of Detroit to the future of the entire state “Gov. Snyder has and a commitment shown a fundamental to make state govunderstanding of the ernment a partner in moving Detroit importance of Detroit forward.

to the future of the entire state and a commitment to make state government a partner in moving Detroit forward.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and Quicken Loans have moved thousands of employees into the city.

At S3 we have made our contribution with the Detroit Development Center (DDC), which opened in 2010. S3 created the DDC as a solution for BCBSM, which was seeking cost efficiencies in its IT division. BCBSM made the strategic decision to bring IT work to S3’s development center in Detroit rather than ship it to an offshore location. This decision is providing BCBSM with millions of dollars in cost savings, while creating new IT jobs in Detroit. The center opened with 53 IT professionals and now employs more than 300 workers who service five customers nationally. In 2011, the DDC posted $23 million in revenue. There are other things businesses are doing to help rebuild Detroit. For example, the Live Midtown and Live Downtown programs have created a magnitude of public partnerships and collaboration that has never been seen before in our region. Companies, including Henry Ford Hospital, the Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University, DTE Energy, Compuware, Quicken Loans, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Strategic Staffing Solutions, are working with the Downtown Detroit Partnership and Midtown, Inc. to provide the critical mass of residential infill we need. Greater Downtown is now boasting a 95 percent occupancy rate, an unprecedented number for this area. When we elect a new mayor next year, it is critical that the man or woman chosen for the job understands the importance of jobs and the importance of developing a strong partnership with the business community to create an environment that will grow those jobs. The mayor has to view business as an indispensible partner as we work to rebuild Detroit, reach out to the business community and work closely with it. Only with a strong relationship between business and government will we rebuild Detroit. Cynthia J. Pasky is president and CEO of Strtegic Staffing Solutions and chairperson of the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

Air service a key factor in economic growth Detroit may have its share of woes, but its Metro Airport is still one of the nation’s busiest, and its offerings provide Michigan links to the rest of the world.

begin flying from Detroit to Las Vegas in September. Delta Air Lines, which had just begun flights from Detroit to Tokyo’s downtown airport (Haneda) when Japan was struck with last year’s terrible earthquake and tsunami, resumed the service last month to complement its Tokyo Narita service.

By Thomas Naughton There is reason for optimism at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Willow Run Airport (YIP) even as the aviation industry faces serious economic challenges. According to Airlines for America, the ten U.S. passenger airlines that have reported first-quarter results incurred a combined net loss of $1.73 billion due primarily to the high cost of jet fuel. DTW’s hub carrier, Delta Air Lines, has taken the unprecedented step of actually purchasing a refinery in Pennsylvania to help stabilize its fuel costs. Actions taken by all of the airlines, including a reduction in flight frequencies, are expected to produce profitability by the end of 2012 and DOT Secretary Ray LaHood forecasts the total number of passengers flying commercially on U.S. airlines will increase from 732 million to 746 million in 2013. There are other positive indicators. A Bloomberg survey of more than 50 economists suggests an increasing U.S. gross domestic product over the next three years. Housing, vehicle sales, construction and exports are on the rise. Locally, Business Leaders for Michigan expect both short- and long-term growth in our state, and the Washington, D.C., based Brookings Institution ranked the Detroit area second best in the nation for growth in manufacturing jobs. A growing local economy can stimulate air cargo as well as a demand for business and leisure travel.

Thomas Naughton of Financial Planning and Analysis projects a modest increase over last year’s annual passenger total of 32,377,064 passengers, a number roughly equivalent to every man, woman and child living in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota. While numbers at Willow Run are off from last year, they continue to far exceed the recession years of 2009 and 2010. General Aviation weights are up at YIP for the first three months of 2012 compared to the same quarter in 2011. In our own effort to reduce costs, the Airport Authority reduced its workforce by 58 people earlier this year and continues to trim costs in other areas. It is important to keep costs to the airlines reasonable so that they are encouraged to maintain or add the air service our community desires.

Airport management would like to see more. The Detroit region area hosts one of the largest concentrations of citizens with Middle Eastern heritage living outside that region of the world, yet only Royal Jordanian flies non-stop to the Middle East with twice weekly service to Amman, Jordan. Our Air Service Development team has launched an online petition to encourage an airline to fly scheduled non-stop service from Detroit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Connecting service from Dubai to 17 cities in India would make this route ideal for customers traveling to India as well. To sign the online petition, visit www.detroit2dubai. com or www.metroairport.com and click the “Detroit to Dubai” link. Another encouraging development is the new cargo flight now being provided by Lufthansa Cargo between Detroit and Frankfurt. This dedicated freighter service connects DTW with Germany — Michigan’s fourth largest export market after Canada, Mexico and China. A recent land-use study conducted by the Airport Authority has identified economic development opportunities at both of our airports. Property around DTW’s active airfield has great potential for freight and logistics development while Willow Run offers great new opportunities for aircraft maintenance, manufacturing or even aircraft recycling. We are actively pursuing these opportunities and will continue to work cooperatively with the Detroit Region Aerotropolis to complement its development activity.

“A growing local economy can stimulate air cargo as well as a demand for business and leisure travel.”

Despite 2.2% fewer flights, passenger traffic rose 2.6% at Detroit Metropolitan Airport for the first quarter of calendar year 2012. International passengers led the way with an increase of 9% and cargo improved 4.3% compared to the same three-month period in 2011. At this point the Wayne County Airport Authority Division

For instance, Delta Air Lines recently announced that it will add non-stop service to Paris next month and continue it year-round. Its Sky Team partner, Air France, already operates a flight between Detroit and Paris daily which means Detroit customers will have access to two daily flights to Paris year-round. Earlier this month, Spirit Airlines announced it would resume its seasonal service to Atlantic City, and in June will begin flying to Dallas-Ft. Worth. Last Fall, Spirit began flying to Chicago for the first time. Southwest Airlines announced it will

Our region has outstanding multi-modal access, including rail and interstate highways. The Airport Authority’s role is to build and maintain a powerful aviation infrastructure allowing our carriers to provide the air service necessary for our region to play a key role in the global economy of tomorrow. Editor’s Note: Thomas Naughton is the interim CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority.

German automotive supplier bringing 450 jobs to Wayne County A German-based automotive supplier is locating in Van Buren Township and in the process bringing jobs to the area. Brose North America Inc. will invest $60 million and bring 450 jobs over the next 5 years. The deal hinged on a local tax abatement, which the Van Buren Township Board approved earlier in the week. The decision by Brose to consider the site was due in part to Gov. Snyder’s European trade mission earlier this year. The governor and

Wayne County EDGE Director Ray Byers met with Brose executives in Germany to discuss possible sites in Southeast Michigan with the Detroit Region Aerotropolis among the options. “The addition of Brose within the Detroit Region Aerotropolis is another key piece in its continued expansion. I’m pleased that Brose management recognized the key advantage the location will offer their enterprise,” said Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.

In the first quarter of the year, there has been over $50 million in investment commitments in the Aerotropolis. With over 100 years of history, Brose is active in every automobile market across the globe. It supplies 80 automotive manufacturers and more than 30 suppliers. The company employs more than 19,000 people at 53 locations in 23 countries. Its North American headquarters is located in Auburn Hills.



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Unleash Michigan’s spirit of entrepreneurship

By Steve Van Andel and Doug DeVos

At Amway, we’ve always been optimistic about the future. For more than 50 years we’ve believed that anyone can move from where they are to someplace better. This optimism springs from the example set by our fathers. They grew up during the Depression, met in high school, served in World War II, and dreamed of going into business together. Uncertainty surrounded them throughout their youth. Yet, they always remained hopeful and confident about the future. They believed things would always get better. In the same way, we’re confident about Michigan’s future and the ability for this great state to re-establish its reputation as a strong source of job growth and prosperity. But it’s up to all of us to make our cities strong. Developing public-private partnerships where government, businesses and communities in Michigan come together to unleash a spirit of entrepreneurship will help create hospitable environments for business, innovation, investment and growth. We’ve seen how this has worked in cities across Michigan.

“By coming together to unleash a spirit of entrepreneurship – where hard work is rewarded, innovation and creativity are encouraged, failure is not feared – more Michigan businesses will thrive, jobs will grow and our economy will get back on track. ” In Grand Rapids, the result has been a transformed downtown with notable destinations such as a convention center, arena, restaurants, shops and other businesses. There is also the city’s Medical Mile that now supports 14,500 jobs and transformed the downtown into a medical mecca. And businesses such as Quicken Loans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and General Motors have consolidated and relocated to Southeast Michigan providing high quality jobs. Investing in our communities must also go beyond the construction of new buildings and more jobs. At Amway, helping people in communities all over the world through corporate citizenship is something we strongly believe in. We do this because by helping to improve our schools and the communities where we live and operate, we create a better educated and equipped workforce that will help us meet our future needs. Michigan has been in a tough spot. But we are beginning to see what can happen when business leaders and communities across the state work together to address Michigan’s challenges.

The state’s unemployment rate has steadily dropped since its high of 14.1 percent in September 2009. Professional, business and health services contributed nearly 40,000 jobs last year. Manufacturing added 19,000 jobs last year, 25,000 this year and is expected to add another 21,000 more over the next two years.

In addition, Business Leaders of Michigan (BLM), an organization dedicated to making Michigan a Top 10 state for job, economic and personal income growth, is implementing a turn-around plan to help transform Michigan’s economy and create jobs. The BLM also released a survey of Michigan’s business leaders that show that among the state’s largest employers, optimism about our long-term recovery is at a three-year high. And many businesses are planning to increase hiring and investment. This is real progress that translates into economic growth. To help Steve Van Andel and Doug DeVos. ensure this recovery continues, we must unleash a spirit of en- that success is a good thing. It’s trepreneurship across the entire state not something we punish. When in order to see long-term prosperity and business succeeds, more people get jobs. That’s something we more confidence. should celebrate. Entrepreneurs share similar qualities Things will get better. But evand principles – adventuresome, hard eryone needs to be part of the working, unafraid of failure. They’re innovative, have good ideas and are will- solution by being involved in the ing to try new things. If we applied these process. We are fortunate that principles to the business environment, many Michigan businesses are we’d see more optimism and hiring than very engaged in our economic recovery. By continuing to engage we have today. government, encourage sound In order for business to grow and economic policies and ensure create jobs, there also needs to be an that a spirit of entrepreneurship environment that encourages creativity, prevails, Michigan businesses innovation, hard work and opportunities will be able to compete and profor people to succeed. There needs to be vide more opportunity to our a playing field that’s equal for everyone. citizens. That includes tax structure, regulatory structure, deficits and the ever-expand- There’s reason to be optimising size of government. There has to be tic about our future. By coming an environment that understands we together to unleash a spirit of can’t regulate ourselves into prosperity, entrepreneurship – where hard we can’t tax our way there and we can’t work is rewarded, innovation and creativity are encouraged, spend our way there either. failure is not feared – more Some regulation is good and neces- Michigan businesses will thrive, sary, like the regulations that ensure jobs will grow and our economy businesses are legitimate and consum- will get back on track. Steve Van Adel is chairman of Amway. Doug DeVos is president of Amway.

“Investing in our communities must also go beyond the construction of new buildings and more jobs.” ers are protected. But there’s a lot of unnecessary red tape. The more hurdles a business has to go through, the more uncertain they become about growing and hiring and the less competitive they are. There also needs to be an understanding

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ing in front of Hudson’s. A predominantly African American crowd quickly converged on him, wishing him well and telling him they had voted for him. At the edge of the crowd I heard one elderly resident tell another, “That’s Coleman’s friend.” It was in their shared vision of the importance of urban issues and of improved race relations that they did their best work together. There are many examples.


t was in their shared vision of the importance of urban issues and of improved race relations that they did their best work together.

In 1975 the two led a delegation that included Henry Ford II and Max Fisher on a trip to Washington to lobby the Ford administration on behalf of Detroit. They came home with a $600 million commitment – real money back in 1975 – for a regional light rail system. Tragically, Southeast Michigan’s racial divisions kept that from becoming a reality. At a time in the 1970s when Detroit was in dire financial straits, they developed a Detroit equity package that brought $35 million a year in state funds to the city to underwrite city institutions, like the Zoo, the DIA and the Public Library, that serve the entire state.

Past UAW President Leonard Woodcock (left), Governor William G. Milliken and Mayor Coleman A. Young.

Milliken and Young – America’s political ‘odd couple’ There are many that forget that at one time not so long ago there was cooperation, compassion and yes, even camaraderie between city and state. We believe that there will be again. Although we don’t always agree with Gov. Rick Snyder’s actions, the Michigan Chronicle stands among those applauding his Milliken-like interest in Detroit’s success. And we thank Bob Berg for reminding us that there is no divide that we cannot cross with the help of willing participants. By Bob Berg


here are, of course, many aspects of the career of Gov. William G. Milliken that deserve celebration. One of the most unique is the strong partnership he formed with Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young.

These two men from two different worlds formed the most productive bipartisan political partnership in Michigan history in the 1970s and 1980s when their tenures as governor of Michigan and mayor of Detroit overlapped. And they formed a strong personal friendship that continued after both had left office, right up to the day Mayor Young passed away. It’s easy to understand why from a distance people might not see any common ground between the two men. Milliken, a White Republican from Traverse City, did not have a single Black voter in his district when he served in the state Senate. He came from a wellto-do family and was the third consecutive generation of the Milliken family to serve in the Senate. He is known to this day as the ultimate nice guy, with never a harsh word for anyone. Young, a Black Democrat and a product of Detroit’s lower east side, never got beyond high school. In the 1940s and 1950s he was a tenacious union and civil rights activist at a time when that put him far out of the mainstream. He was a defiant witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the early 1950s – lecturing the committee counsel on the proper pronunciation of the word “Negro” – and was blacklisted for years after as a result. He was known to be combative and, sometimes profane. And yet, the two developed a strong working relationship and friendship in which both placed great value. In his autobiography, Young called Milliken “the finest and fairest (governor) the state has had.” In 1995, when the Detroit NAACP decided to present Young with a lifetime achievement award at the annual Freedom Fund Dinner, he was asked who he wanted to introduce him to the 10,000 people in attendance. He asked that Milliken do the honors. In his introduction, Milliken talked about how the two had developed “an effective working relationship built on respect and a level of trust that is rare in the world of politics.”

How and why did that happen? How did these two, so different in background and temperament, become the “odd couple” of Michigan politics? As someone who had the unique privilege of working closely with both, I often tell people that once you got to know them, their relationship made a great deal of sense because, in fact, they had a great deal in common. Both men were highly intelligent. Milliken is a Yale graduate. When Young took an aptitude test while applying for a job with the League Life Insurance Co. in the late 1950s, he scored the second highest score ever. Both men had a great sense of humor. They took their jobs seriously, but never took themselves too seriously. Most importantly, at the core of their public careers was a deep commitment to people and to public service. They weren’t after the title or the attention or the paycheck or the house that came with the chief executive job. They sought public office to bring about change — to improve people’s lives. When Gov. Milliken left office at the end of 1982, a collection was published of key speeches and special messages from his 14 years as governor. If you look at those speeches and messages, you see how consistent his vision was from his first day in office to his last day. Education, the environment, urban problems and improving race relations were constant themes through all 14 years. He sought and, more importantly, achieved major unequaled successes in each of those areas. Coleman Young took office with an equally clear vision. He campaigned in 1973 on a platform that included assuring Black people an equitable place at the table in Detroit after centuries of denial, bringing desperately needed jobs to Detroit and rebuilding the riverfront, starting from bridge (Belle Isle) to bridge (Ambassador). He sought and achieved major unequaled successes in all those areas throughout his 20 years as mayor. Milliken championed Detroit and urban issues when much of his party didn’t share his vision or views. Critics on the right labeled him the “ghetto governor,” and he used to tell about a letter he received from an unhappy constituent urging him to run for mayor of Detroit. The writer suggested he wouldn’t do much for the city, but the state would be better off with him out of office. Their relationship was well known and deeply appreciated in Detroit. On Election Day 1978, the governor was doing some last minute campaign-

Milliken, for the first time in state history, assigned State Police units to patrol Detroit’s freeways, on the theory that if they were patrolling all the other freeways in the state, Detroit’s should be treated equally. Milliken appointed more African American judges than all the previous governors in Michigan history combined. When Young came to Lansing to meet with the governor, they often would meet privately, without aides in the room to take notes or lawyers to go over fine print. Each was secure in the knowledge they could trust each other and a handshake was all that was needed to seal a deal. At a 1978 meeting at the Manoogian Mansion, Mayor Young assured the governor he was “not going to lift a finger” to help Democratic nominee Bill Fitzgerald in the race for governor that year. It was the only time in the last half of the 20th Century a Republican candidate for governor carried Wayne County. When the Michigan United Conservation Clubs raised environmental issues that threatened to derail the mayor’s plans to build the Riverfront Apartments next to Cobo Hall, Milliken brokered a deal between the city and the MUCC that paved the way for construction. In 1981, when Detroit was facing another fiscal crisis, they worked together to secure legislative approval of an increase in the Detroit income tax. It was in the midst of that effort that perhaps their most famous dust-up occurred, which demonstrated that both had a sense of humor and neither took themselves too seriously. As the bills were moving slowly through the legislature, Young said in his autobiography, “I mistakenly thought at one point that he (Milliken) might be proceeding a little too deliberately.” In talking with some reporters in the Capitol, the mayor expressed his frustration with what he saw as a glacial pace, pointed to the governor’s office and said, “That m—–f—-r needs to get moving.” The media had a field day. The governor was not pleased. The next day the mayor called him to explain that “m—–f—-r” is one of those words that have many meanings, depending on how you say it. It can, he continued, be a term of endearment and friendship, depending on how it is said. The governor referred to this incident and the mayor’s explanation when he spoke at the mayor’s funeral. He concluded, with a grin, “I took his word on that.” It was at that funeral that Detroit’s appreciation for the unique partnership formed between the two men was recognized in a very moving way. When the governor stepped to the pulpit of a packed church to pay tribute to his friend, before he could begin speaking the 4,000 people in attendance rose as one with a spontaneous and lengthy standing ovation. As the congregation paid their poignant tribute to Milliken, it occurred to me that Coleman Young, looking on from above, was joining in the applause. Editor’s Note: Bob Berg is partner and vice president of Berg Muirhead and Associates, a Detroitbased public relations firm. A former reporter and Capitol bureau chief, he served as executive assistant for public affairs to Gov. Milliken and then as press secretary to Mayor Young.


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Crimes must stop so Detroit can revitalize By Ed Deeb Another senseless, sad, and needless murder occurred recently when retailer Fred Dally was shot and killed during a robbery attempt at his Detroit store. These tragic murders must stop if Detroit has any chance to revitalize itself to once again become a world class city. The total Detroit community must stand up and be counted and shout, “Murders involving our youth, seniors, small business people and those protecting our citizens in the city must stop and not be tolerated!” We need to attract more people, businesses and students to Detroit, not discourage them. With the help of such organizations as Forgotten Harvest, Gleaners, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, The Salvation Army, the Red Crossand others, anyone in need of help or assistance should be able to get it. The rate of robberies and burglaries should be dropping not increasing. There has been much criticism of late concerning small grocers for not providing quality products, service or competitive pricing like the larger supermarkets in the suburbs. We need to remember that 25 and 30 years ago Ed Deeb when the supermarket chains moved out of Detroit, it was the smaller independent store operators who stayed in the city to service their customers, despite the high rate of crimes and other problems which exist. We need to attract more larger stores as well as keep the smaller independents to do business in the city. Fred Dally was a kind and generous man who cared about his customers and the general community. That’s “We need to why he stayed in business and attract more people, remained at his location. He businesses and loved his cusstudents to Detroit, tomers and they loved him. not discourage them.” Over the years the Detroit area food industry has lost well over 100 retailers due to needless crimes which took their lives, especially the small independent store operators. The Michigan Food and Beverage Association has reinstituted a program called AVOW (Alert Vendors On Watch). It calls for retailers and drivers of supplier food and beverage trucks to keep an eye out for any problem in their areas, and contact 911 immediately. They will also keep an eye on youngsters going to or coming home from school, or any individual in trouble. Retailers would invite them into their stores until the police arrived. For a safer and better Detroit, we need a community with lesser crimes of all types. Let’s stop all of these tragic crimes to inspire more individuals and businesses to come back to Detroit. Edward Deeb is chairman and founder of the Michigan Food and Beverage Assn. and the Michigan Business and Professional Associationn and longtime business and community leader, troubleshooter and peacemaker. He is founder of the highly successful Metro Detroit Youth Day, created following altercations between youngsters and store owners.

The Keith family at their Columbus Street home: Luther C. Keith and his children, Luther (left), Joyce and Terrance.

! n u r e m o H Happy neighborhoods start from people who care

By Luther Keith

We would often pile into his car and he would take us to Northwestern Field, when we weren’t playing baseball in the alley, to give us the thrill of hitting and he center of our world was Columbus Street, pitching on a real baseball diamond. He had a young between Linwood and Lawton on Detroit’s west son of his own, Joey, a few years younger than us, side, around the corner from the Shrine of the whom we taught to play baseball. Black Madonna, and about a 20- minute walk from There was also Joseph and Odessa Sparks, a childNorthwestern High School. less couple who lived on the block behind us on Mont Roll the “Wayback Machine” back to the 1960s and gomery Street. They kind of “adopted” us after I hit you will find little Luther Keith ripping and running a ball in their backyard. Instead of getting mad, the through the neighborhood with his buddies – Butchie, Sparks talked with us and decided we weren’t bad kids Jo Jo, Cliff, Benny, Johnny, my cousins Cedric and after all. They owned a small farm in Belleville, about 25 miles west of Detroit, and ocTony, and my little brother, Tercasionally scooped us up and rance -- playing baseball in the took us to their farm for a rural alley, football in the street and experience. “Chasies,” our neighborhood version of hide and seek. You might say all of these neighbors, collectively, were There was also a young part of a neighborhood youth degirl named Anita who might be velopment program, though we described today as the neighbordid not recognize it at the time. hood tomboy because she could run, hit baseballs and throw There was no formal Columfootballs as well as most boys. bus block club, in the sense that we have block clubs today, but it At the time, like a lot of 10 was still a tightly-knit group of and 11 year olds, I was fantasizneighbors caring for neighbors. ing about playing center field Many programs revolved around for the Detroit Tigers. I gave my the efforts of local neighborhood mom and dad fits by slamming churches. baseballs at our alley “playfield” through our neighbors’ backMy mother and father also yard and garage windows, some- Luther Keith (left) and Bill Cosby enjoyed understood the importance of thing my brother and sisters still exposing us to other experiencan exchange of ideas. tease me about today. es as well, so I also participated No one in our neighborhood was really rich if you in Boy Scouts and Catholic Youth Organization prolooked at their income levels, but in many respects grams. we were millionaires many times over and never knew All of this may sound like an urban version of the it. That’s because the arms of all the families on our TV classic, “Andy of Mayberry,” but it has many appliblock were firmly wrapped around all the neighbor- cations today as we try to put the “neighbor” back in hood children. “neighborhood” in the face of many challenges in DeThey all kept their prying eyes open and weren’t troit – crime, poverty, under- achieving schools, neighafraid to raise their voices, or to talk to our parents, borhood blight and more. when they thought any of us were acting inappropriFixing our neighborhoods, like fixing any problem, ately or putting ourselves in harm’s way. requires planning, motivation and, most importantly, action. This, I learned and appreciated when I got older, Yes, the challenges are greater now but they are not was not because they were insurmountable. There are hundreds of organizations being nosy neighbors. It and thousands of people working every day on making was because they cared. Detroit better, often without fanfare and headlines. Every family on the block They need our help. knew us and we knew They are working with groups like the Detroit Parent them. Network, Flip the Script, the Peace Project, the West There was Mr. Atwell, Grand Boulevard Collaborative, Alternatives for Girls who had a pear tree in his and other groups too numerous to mention. backyard that we always We still have some wonderful neighborhoods in Depicked when the fruit was troit, but we need more. ripe. There was Mr. GladLet’s give the children of today what our parents, and stone, and Mr. Thomas and our village, gave to so many of us — happy childhood of course there was Mr. memories. Joe Davis, a Ford assembly line worker, Editor’s Note: Luther Keith is the executive diwhom we all called rector of ARISE Detroit! which is a nonprofit coalition “Pops” who became of more than 400 organizations promoting volunteerthe neighborhood ism, community activism and positive media images mentor and “coach” to create a better Detroit. For additional information to the children of Luther Keith as a boy. call 313.921.1955 or visit www.arisedetroit.org. Columbus.


One day, thousands of hands, working for a better Detroit By Luther Keith

ters to join the hundreds of organizations and thousands of people who come toExecutive Director, ARISE Detroit! gether in neighborhoods all over the city to build houses, clean up neighborhoods, With Detroit facing financial crisis, plant gardens, hold health fairs, concerts diminishing city services, escalating and back to school events, provide school youth violence and crime, and increassupplies and much more. ingly negative headlines, it’s time for Participating block clubs, churches, its neighborhood groups to step up, not small businesses and other organizations give up. will host community service and improveThat’s why this year’s Neighborment events taking place throughout the hoods Day — Saturday, Aug. 4, from sun city — from the riverfront to Eight Mile up to sun down — is more important Road, stretching from the far east side to than ever. Created in 2007, Neighborthe far west side. hoods Day showcases the hard work of Starting with 55 events five years ago, Detroit’s community volunteers, whose tireless efforts to ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day has steadily grown create a better com- to nearly 170 events last year. munity often go unEveryone who wants a better Detroit should be noticed. part of this day. It’s a day, and a movement, to put the We invite Detroi- “neighbor” back in neighborhood. You can register your organization and find more information about Neighborhoods Day at www.arisedetroit.org. For additional details, call (313) 921Registration is now 1955. open for the sixth annual Funded by the Kresge Foundation, ARISE Detroit! is a coalition of more than 400 orgaARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day. Register at nizations promoting volunteerism, community activism and positive media images to www.arisedetroit.org. create a better Detroit.



Attracting Interest - AGAIN Fifth Third Helps Drive MEDC Pure Michigan Business Connect Program

• $2 billion ($500 million per year) debt financing from Huntington Bank • $112 million in additional funding from Export Import Bank (Ex-Im) •$80 million Michigan Collateral Support and Michigan Loan Participation Programs to generate $800 million in business loans • $100 million Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) economic development incentive fund

Kala Gibson, Senior Vice President and Business Banking, Fifth Third Bank selves on the right side of leading the economic trends in the nation in this period as we are creating jobs faster and recovering stronger than most of the rest of country, that admittedly didn’t fall as far as we did four years ago. MEDC will help a lot because this is not a cycle turn, it is, as the Governor says, a reinvention. A reinvention requires a massive structural change that leads to how the State is perceived as a business climate and that typically emanates from how small and medium sized business friendly we are. The tenor in Michigan has turned the corner and while there is often a lead lag for business to follow, I’m saying that the gap is small and we should be decisioning for growth versus digging in to defend.

Snyder makes appointments to State Fairgrounds Advisory Committee

The appointees are:

Doris Ewing, of the Golf Course Neighborhood, is president of the Detroit Golf Club Property Owners Association and has 30 years of experience in broad-based consulting

The program includes:

• Michigan Commerce Bank will provide business loans to up to 50 companies in a calendar year

Gibson: A major plank in the platform to reinvent Michigan is the MEDC Pure Michigan Business Connect program. Fifth Third Bank made the largest commitment to the program of $2.5 billion out of the gate for businesses and is part of a larger $5.0 billion commitment to the State for both consumer and wholesale loans. Recently the Bank reviewed progress from year one and was pleasantly surprised at the initial achievements. The sheer number of loans is tremendous, and I would say we are still ramping up and would expect even more opportunities this year. What is most gratifying though, are the stories that David Girodat, President & CEO, Fifth Third Bank Eastern are behind the deals. In many cases these companies Michigan, joins Gov. Rick Snyder to announce Fifth Third’s are the major employer in a small town such as Van$5 billion investment in the Pure Michigan Business Con- tage Plastics from Standish Michigan. We know that the relationship and program we formed with Vantage nect program. helped grow jobs and stabilize the micro economy in Standish. The investment Fifth Third made led to innovation, manufacturing expansion, jobs growth and “I can tell you banks covet quality of life for a community in Michigan. I think that is the real human impact of the MEDC program. Michigan again.” At Fifth Third, we believe we are not only driving busi–David F. Girodat, CEO, Fifth Third Bank ness growth, but really improving lives and the wellbeing of our communities.

“I am happy to appoint these dedicated community leaders to the advisory committee,” Snyder said. “They are excited to help strengthen the city of Detroit by redeveloping the state fairgrounds and making it economically viable. I thank them for their willingness to serve.”

than $8 billion, multi-year initiative to help Michigan companies grow. The multi-faceted program helps companies find new ways to raise capital, to get access to various business services, and to connect with each other with business-to-business procurement opportunities.

• Capitol National Bank will provide business loans to up to 20 companies in a calendar year

Chronicle: Give me your perspective on the MEDC Pure Michigan Business Connect program.

Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed five Detroiters to represent their neighborhoods on the newly formed State Fairgrounds Advisory Committee.

Pure Michigan Business Connect is a more

• $5 billion in new loans to Michigan businesses from Fifth Third Bank, with $2.5 billion earmarked for calendar year 2012

Chronicle: How does Michigan look as a place for banks to invest?

Our tourist trade and future opportunities such as the movie industry are top spin in this economy. I can tell you banks covet Michigan again. We are no longer the loan failure capital in America I am happy to say the forecast for future growth is positive. We find our-

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Financing Assistance

Last year Fifth Third Bank committed $2.5 billion of investment in Michigan through the MEDC Pure Michigan Business Connect program. We sat down with President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank, David F. Girodat, a lifelong Michigan banker and Kala Gibson Senior Vice President and head of the Business Banking unit at Fifth Third to gain their perspective on the Michigan economic outlook and the business banking environment.

Girodat: It makes good business sense to invest in Michigan today. We have the bones for the new economy that will be comprised of advanced manufacturing and extended automotive technology and sub-component suppliers, diversified energy technologies, obviously OEM automotive engineering and manufacturing as well as healthcare innovation and core service delivery. These are all growth industries that spawn countless supplier businesses and growth in professional services and education. In fact, the US Patent office confirms that Michigan is leading the nation in applications for a wide variety of new technologies. More outsourced manufacturing is coming back to our shores and Michigan is positioned well to take advantage of that trend.

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and investment management, most recently at NEPC LLC. Ewing has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois, and an MBA in economics and finance from DePaul University. She will serve a threeyear term. Frank Hammer, of the Greenacres Neighborhood, serves on the Greenacres Woodward Civic Association. Since 2008, he has been an adjunct instructor at Wayne State University’s College of Urban Labor and Metropolitan Affairs and since 2007 has served as an adjunct instructor for online courses at Indiana University’s School of Social Work Labor Studies program. Hammer holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from UC-Berkeley and a master’s in sociology from the University of Michigan. He will serve a two-year term. Greg O’Neal, of the University District Neighborhood, is president of the O’Neal Contracting Group LLC. O’Neal has more than 26 years of construction management and estimating experience, working on major projects including Detroit’s VA Medical Center, IRS Computer Center and Chrysler Mack Engine Plant 2. He will serve a three-year term. Kim Tandy, of the Sherwood

Forest Neighborhood, is program manager for the University Commons Organization, a nonprofit working to revitalize Livernois and McNichols business corridors. Tandy also owns an architectural firm with her father, and has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She will serve a three-year term. Craig Vanderburg, of the Palmer Woods Neighborhood, is president of the Palmer Woods Homeowners Association and is distribution center general manager at the McKesson Corp. Pharmaceutical Division in Livonia, where he is responsible for overseeing business operations and distribution for more than 1,500 pharmacies throughout the state. Vanderburg has a bachelor’s degree in science from Michigan State University and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School, and attended the University of Michigan’s manufacturing executive program. He will serve a two-year term. The state fairgrounds advisory committee was established under Public Act 75 of 2012, and will make recommendations on the sale of the 162-acre state fairgrounds. The committee will dissolve 60 days after all property is transferred to the state Land Bank Fast Track Authority.

• $13 million business acceleration/start up fund (over two to three years) • $100 million second-stage fund – Stage 2 Innovations (though Automation Alley) Legal Services • Platcha, Murphy & Associates, a West Michiganbased full-service firm, is donating $125,000 per year for four years in legal services to Michigan businesses.  • B rooks Kushman PC, intellectual property law attorneys in Michigan and California, will provide pro bono services on an hourly basis to companies with intellectual property needs. •L oomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting, a full-service law firm based in Lansing, has pledged to provide pro bono legal service to up to 25 companies in a calendar year. • Y oung Basile Hanlon & MacFarlane, an intellectual property law firm with offices in Michigan and California, will provide pro bono legal assistance to 50 companies in a calendar year. •V arnum, LLP, a Michigan-based law firm, is donating $1 million in legal services to targeted statebased start-ups, early stage and growing businesses. Varnum joins Pure Michigan Business Connect to provide free-of-charge legal services associated with starting a business, capital formation, and other legal needs, helping Michigan entrepreneurs put their bright ideas to work quickly and achieve their objectives. capital formation, and other legal needs, helping Michigan entrepreneurs put their bright ideas to work quickly and achieve their objectives. Accounting Services •K ahn & Company, PLC, Certified Public Accountants will provide up to 10 hours of professional services to up to five small business clients on an annual basis. •T he Michigan Association of CPAs (MACPA) will provide key details of Pure Michigan Business Connect to its members as more CPAs becoming interested in assisting companies through this program. Website Services • G oogle, Inc. assisted over 600 Michigan companies this year with free websites and web development services. Similar web-oriented workshop and programs to help Michigan companies develop and improve their Internet presence are planned for 2012. State of Michigan Programs •M ichigan has reduced business taxes by $1.8 billion and replaced the much reviled MBT with a flat 6% corporate tax (for C-corporations) – 100,000 individual business owners will no longer pay taxes on business income and will pay taxes on their personal income. •$ 12 million Entrepreneur Support Services program (over two to three years) 3 million export assistance (seeking $3M federal •$ match) • S tate of Michigan Contract Connect Program-which enables Michigan-based businesses to compete for state procurement contracts and to participate in state-negotiated rates for products and services through MiDeal Business-to-Business Connections •M ichigan’s major utilities have pledged to spend more procurement dollars in Michigan with Michigan companies. Both CMS Energy and DTE Energy will each spend an additional $250 million over the next five years. More major companies will soon be announcing similar pledges to spending more procurement dollars in Michigan. •M ichigan companies may register to become part of Pure Michigan Business Connection’s businessto-business network. For additional information visit: http://www.michiganadvantage.org/BusinessConnect

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We can help you take steps toward a healthier workforce. Experts report that poor health habits and the resultant spike in chronic illness accounted for more than 50 percent of national health care expenditures during the past 15 years. No business is shocked by this news. Business owners know that the vast majority of their health care spending goes to the small fraction of their employees with chronic conditions. Bad luck and bad genetics contribute to some of the escalating health care costs, but the sad truth is, poor personal health care habits are also to blame. Smoking, drinking, lack of exercise and poor eating habits not only worsen illnesses, they can cause them. In order to control rising health care costs, we need to get serious about controlling chronic illness. We must educate and motivate those practicing poor personal health care. Business will benefit not only in lower health care costs, but many studies suggest that a healthier work force is a more productive work force as well. Nearly five years ago, recognizing the need for action, St. John Providence Health System

decided to practice what we preach. We created our own internal Health Enhancement program. We decided to demonstrate with our own work force the positive financial and health impact of helping our most at-risk associates. We knew that 3.5 percent of our associates accounted for 50 percent of our health care expenses. So we offered that group of associates a personal health coach, education, weight-reduction programs, smoking cessation and other incentives. It worked! Health care costs for this population decreased by 22 percent. As an organization, our gain was fewer sick days and lower health care expenses. We also have associates who are experiencing the benefits of more energy, less illness and a better quality of life. Today we offer our Associate Wellness program to other employers in southeast Michigan, through our Employee Health Solutions program.

after all, our Passion for Healing is really about a passion for health.

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mentation strategies will be considered based on the varying land vacancies — low, moderate, and high: ■A reas with low vacancy are likely to retain their historic land use patterns, but efforts will be required to further stabilize their population, land value and physical environment.

Working towards a sustainable long-term future for Detroit

By Eugene Jenkins Detroit’s comeback can be achieved if the community works together to move in the same direction. Everyone — businesses, residents, non-profits, ecumenical, and regional leaders — must start to use a common roadmap when it comes to planning a viable future for the state of Michigan’s largest city. Improved quality of life can occur by properly leveraging Detroit’s assets and strategically transforming its challenges into opportunities. Doing so requires that everyone travel down the same path. To that end, there’s an effort under way to create a new navigation system to guide Detroit and its stakeholders down a road toward sustainable economic growth, thriving neighborhoods, a healthier environment, better land use policies, improved city systems and infrastructure, and increased civic capacity. It’s Detroit Works Project long-term planning. In July of 2011, Mayor Dave Bing split the Detroit Works Project into two tracks, Short Term Actions and Long Term Planning. While his team began working to achieve immediate results in three pilot areas that define the Short Term Actions, the Long Term Planning formally began in December. Since then, the civic engagement and technical planning teams have been working with a broad-range of Detroit stakeholders. Over the last seven months they’ve been working together to shape the development of a Strategic Framework Plan — often referred to as a roadmap for decision making. That framework will be the final product of the process. “A balanced blend of community and technical expertise must be represented in the final strategic framework,” said Dan Pitera, co-lead for the project’s civic engagement team. “Through our engagement we’ve been able to share the work of the technical planning team with Detroiters. Their feedback has helped to shape the outcomes thus far.” Using research, data and community feedback, the technical planning team of architects, urban planners, and economists identified key trends about the city. From those trends 12 Imperatives –– actions that must be taken to improve quality of life in Detroit over the long-

George Jackson

Steve Tobocman

term –– were established. They include, but are not limited to: ■E conomic Growth: We must reenergize Detroit’s economy to increase job opportunities for Detroiters within the city and strengthen the tax base. ■L and Use: We must use innovative approaches to transform and increase the value of vacant land. ■N eighborhoods: We must promote a range of sustainable residential densities. Long Term Planning officials say the final plan will be aspirational, but also practical. When complete this fall, the plan will seek to develop an economic and land use framework with implementation strategies that a variety of stakeholders, beyond city government alone, can use to align efforts and create a more sustainable and efficient Detroit. Strategic Land Use “Viable and sustainable land use and implementation strategies must align with the conditions on the ground,” said George W. Jackson, Jr., chair of the project’s 13member Steering Committee. “Everything being presented to the community is possible, just not everywhere. In fact, it wouldn’t be appropriate to do the same thing in every part of the city. We should apply the strategies in each neighborhood that make sense based upon the market, the economy, and their existing physical conditions.” What we thoughtfully do with 139-square miles of land is critical to our future success. Land use and imple-

■A reas of moderate vacancy are likely to include a combination of housing stabilization and new uses, or maintenance strategies for vacant land can be explored. Today these areas are experiencing increased levels of land and housing vacancy and a rapidly weakening housing market, but still retain a large number of the city’s population. ■A reas with the lowest building and population vacancy are likely to include a wider range of innovative, productive, and sustainable uses, recognizing that some of the land may not transition over a longer period of time. Today these are areas where residential, commercial, industrial, or open space has been overcome with vacancy to the point where historic land use no longer has conventional market viability. Steve Tobocman, interim director, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, an organization that works to foster community-based economic development initiatives said the project’s 12 Imperatives “set a foundation from which local neighborhoods can develop a future based upon their own existing neighborhood conditions.” “The genius of the current long-term plan being drafted lay in the flexibility it creates for neighborhoods of all different composition and condition to develop a future that is both aspirational and realistic,” he said. The Long Term Planning team believes Detroit’s vacant land, especially the public-owned parcels, present an opportunity to leverage the city’s positives and transform its negatives. Using their integrated approach to blend technical expertise with community expertise, the Long Term Planning team has begun defining a proposed range of possible land use “building blocks” — called typologies by planners — and implementation strategies for each of the key “quality of life” and “quality of business” factors essential for Detroit’s success. The five typologies — building blocks — are neighborhoods, landscape, industrial, infrastructure, and commercial. The building blocks provide the underlying land use framework by which communities, public government agencies, private investors, philanthropy, businesses, communities organizations and residents can collectively make sustainable and coordinated decisions about resources and improvements throughout the city. Officials say the building blocks could – over the long-term — create some areas with repurposed industrial and residential land that encourages creative, small-scale production; neighborhood centers that serve as a mixed-use hub of commercial, community and recreational activities; and cultivated landscapes with community gardens, orchards and large-scale commercial greenhouses that produce jobs and fresh food. Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning and other factors taking place in Detroit today offer valid reasons for there to be a new approach. Now is the time for Detroiters to recognize that and work together to get there. To learn more, visit www.DetroitLongTerm. com or call (313) 259-4407.



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Moving Ahead By Faye Alexander Nelson, President & CEO, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

s 4HE JUST OPENED $ETROIT 2IVER&RONT Playpark at Rivard Plaza echoes with the laughter of children.

As Detroiters, our lives are not without daily challenges. Whether we face them as individuals, corporations, non-profits or municipalities, the fact remains, we live in challenging times. We hear far too often about what is not working, especially in Detroit. What we do not hear enough about is what is working and how we are successfully working together as a community to revitalize and sustain ourselves. Throughout the region, there are great examples of business successes and individuals working together to do great things. That spirit of collaboration is something that should be acknowledged and celebrated. Look no further than our Detroit riverfront to see a living, breathing example of civic, philanthropic, community and public leaders collaborating on a tangible vision of what an accessible riverfront means to the City of Detroit. Since 2003 when the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy was founded, more than $500 million has been invested in our riverfront. Thanks to our partners, the non-profit Conservancy leads a successful public/private partnership that has dramatically altered the river’s landscape from blight and barrenness to a beautiful riverfront enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Consider our collaborative successes:

s 4HE #ULLEN &AMILY #AROUSEL FEAtures species native to the Detroit River along with a mythical River Mermaid and River Monster. s -ILLIKEN 3TATE 0ARK AND (ARBOR offers guests a renovated 52-slip harbor, a 63-foot replica of the Tawas Point lighthouse, covered picnic areas, fishing outlooks and wildlife observation trails.

RIVER DAYS RETURNS! The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy has an exciting mix of new and returning programming planned for the 6th Annual Detroit River Days Festival June 22-24.

s 4HE $EQUINDRE #UT 'REENWAY PROvides visitors with a 1.5-mile long paved pedestrian and biking greenway that connects the riverfront to Eastern Market and the surrounding neighborhoods. s 4HE $ETROIT 7AYNE #OUNTY 0ORT Authority terminal glistens along the riverfront as a welcome to hundreds of new visitors. The riverfront represents a project that has become a symbol of the city’s efforts for an economic, social and environmental renaissance. Perhaps even more importantly, it has also become an inspirational symbol of what can happen when we all work together. As we look to the June launch of the next phase of construction on the east riverfront, we will continue to work with our public and private partnerships to make our ambitious dreams a reality. Our east riverfront plans include construction of the public portion of the land to the west and east of

Faye Alexander Nelson, President & CEO, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Chene Park, as well as the Uniroyal site; complete redevelopment of Mt. Elliott Park, which will include a new pavilion and plaza, developed shoreline and a water-inspired play AREA MOTORIZED ACCESS TO 'ABRIEL Richard Park and important riverfront technology upgrades to accommodate our expanded scope of operations The spirit of collaboration inspires me. I am proud that even during these challenging times, it is alive and well throughout our great state. I am especially proud that the riverfront can serve as an example of how, when working together as a community, we can accomplish anything.


he riverfront represents a project that has become a symbol of the city’s efforts for an economic, social and environmental renaissance.�

The three-day, family-friendly festival, which is located along Detroit’s Riverfront, will feature first-ever events such as the Detroit River ArtScape, a salute to the Tuskegee Airmen with a special fly-over of a WW II-era B-17 bomber, a kickoff to summer from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and a Bike Night. New festival enhancements also include maritime-themed activities from the Detroit (ISTORICAL 3OCIETY A RE ENACTMENT OF THE 7AR of 1812, and the addition of buskers and street performers. Attendee favorites from last year’s Detroit River Days include the popular “Reading and Rhythm on the Riverfront� program designed to promote literacy for children, the “Taste of Detroit� food court featuring the many varieties of traditional ethnic foods found in Detroit, carnival games and rides for the kids, Typhoon Tommy’s exciting jet ski demonstrations, U.S. #OAST 'UARD SEARCH AND RESCUE DEMONSTRATIONS and tours of a coast guard cutter, tours of a Tall Ship, impressive sand sculptures and exciting chalk art. The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy expects more than 100,000 people to attend the event this year. The Conservancy will once again implement a $3 admission fee ($5 after 5 p.m.) to help underwrite programming and operational costs for the festival. Veterans will receive free admission all weekend. Festival hours are 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday and 3ATURDAY AND A M n P M 3UNDAY 'UESTS can enjoy free admission to the festival Friday, June 22 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information on River Days, please visit DetroitRiverDays.com





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A good bet for new

Michigan jobs and investment By George Strand


Michigan Voters Will Decide The collection of the required 322,609 voter signatures statewide is underway to determine if the casino initiative can be placed on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot. If successful, the ballot initiative will amend the Constitution of the State of Michigan allowing the addition of the eight casinos. The deadline to collect and verify the signatures is July 9th.

t’s hard to get a large group of people to agree on anything these days. One thing Michiganders seem to share agreement on is the importance of jobs, revenue and investment growth to the state’s recovery efforts.

So it’s not surprising that ever-present discussions and debates on what will help grow the state’s economy now include questions regarding not only whether casino gaming should be expanded in Michigan, but how many additional locations should be approved, their location and the structure under which they should operate. Casino supporters reference the growth of the gaming industry nationwide and, with expansion, its ability to play a major role in revitalizing and transforming Michigan. Proprietary economic and demographic impact studies reviewed by the Michigan Chronicle Newspaper seem to validate the supporters’ premise that casino gaming has room to compete in Michigan’s casino market. Of course, not everyone agrees, including James Nye, a spokesman for a coalition of tribes and Detroit casinos preparing to fight the Michigan First effort. The group, Protect MI Vote, is fighting the effort to expand casinos. According to Nye, the casino expansion would circumvent state voters’ approval of the 2004 constitutional amendment requiring both statewide approval of non-tribal casino expansion and approval of local voters where a casino would locate. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs New jobs and increased state and local revenue are among the primary benefits to adding eight new casinos proposed, according to the state-wide developer group, Citizens for More Michigan Jobs (CMMJ). Michigan currently has 22 tribal casinos in addition to three in Detroit. The proposed CMMJ casino locations are Detroit, Pontiac, Romulus, Macomb County’s Clinton Township, Grand Rapids, DeWitt Township (near Lansing), Birch Run Township (in southern Saginaw County) and Clam Lake Township (near Cadillac). CMMJ has conducted extensive economic and demographic impact analysis on the state’s growth projections to support local gaming to include hotel, retail, dining and entertainment offerings as well as auxiliary businesses that will benefit from the gaming establishments. Their proposal represents planned economic and community development that will contribute to the quality of life in the state where residents live, work and raise their families. The eight CMMJ casinos will create an estimated 16,000 permanent jobs in the state including approximately 4,200 high paying union jobs in Detroit comprised of 3,000 permanent full-time and 1,200 construction jobs, according to a CMMJ spokesperson who emphasized that Detroit residents will have the first opportunity for the Detroit casino jobs, and Wayne County residents outside of Detroit will have the second opportunity to be hired. Proposed Expansion Promises New Revenue Reported projections point to significant state and local tax benefits with the proposed casinos. In 2010, the twenty-two tribal casinos contributed $61 million in state and local taxes; the three Detroit casinos paid $100 million in state taxes and $164 million in taxes to the city of Detroit. CMMJ estimates that the new casinos will contribute an additional $300 million annually to the state and local governments, funding which will benefit schools, police and fire, public safety and road repairs. Tax revenue generated from the new fourth casino in Detroit is estimated at $226 million according to the 2010 Innovation Group’s Study.

Adding the eight casinos rests with Michigan voters. By state law, the majority of the voters in the state must vote “Yes” to approve amending the state Constitution. In addition, a majority of the voters in the eight proposed casino sites must also vote “Yes” to approve the amendment before a casino can be built in that community. For any of the individual casinos to go forward, the proposal would need to have a majority of “Yes” votes in that community in addition to statewide approval.

The Detroit Casino Partnership at a glance: ■T he Detroit Casino Partnership (DCP) was formed to promote the development of a fourth private casino and entertainment establishment and hotel in downtown Detroit via a coalition sponsoring the Citizens for More Michigan Jobs (CMMJ) ballot initiative in the November 2012 general election. If successful, these casino operators will join the three privately owned casinos in Detroit and the 22 Native American-run operations throughout the state. ■ I ncrease Tax Revenue: Detroit has one of the lowest tax rates on gaming in the country, which is currently at 19%. CMMJ’s proposal would increase the tax to 23 percent, which will directly benefit Michigan schools, roads and bridges, police and fire services and local government ■S upport Job Growth: DCP is dedicated to K-12 education and creating thousands of good paying union jobs in Detroit and Michigan.

Casino Tax Structure in Detroit Brings Investment With a formula that increases Detroit’s tax distribution, the new casinos would have a major impact on their local residents and community, according to supporters. All casinos authorized under Michigan Law will pay a wagering tax on their adjusted gross receipts in the amount of 23%. Adjusted gross receipts are minus the winnings paid to wagers. Revenue generated by the wagering tax from casinos within the city of Detroit will be distributed as follows: • 60% to fund police and fire services in the city of Detroit • 20% directly to fund K-12 schools throughout the state of Michigan • 20% to the state of Michigan to fund road repairs and construction throughout the state Tax Structure Benefits Other Casinos With the exception of casinos located within the city of Detroit, revenue generated by the wagering taxes will be distributed as follows according to the proposal: • 30% directly to K-12 public schools state-wide

■E ntertainment Destination Support: The DCP believes the city of Detroit deserves a more competitive gaming and entertainment destination. DCP’s goal is to offer local, regional, national and international customers a “best-of-class” gaming, fine dining, shopping and entertainment experience in Detroit.

• 20% directly to all municipalities including counties throughout the state to fund public safety police and fire services

The statewide signature drive is the first step to creating new jobs and increasing revenue in an under-tapped entertainment and gaming market. While much is being written and discussed on whether the state is already at full capacity for gaming, people needing jobs and living in communities faced with shrinking revenue for core services will decide.

• 5% to the state of Michigan to fund road repair and construction throughout the state

Increased Gaming Tax Contributions Will Shore Ailing Economy CMMJ’s proposal increases the state’s Gaming Tax rate from the current 19-percent to 23-percent with a formula that increases Detroit’s distribution to sixtypercent and decreases the State’s to forty-percent. This would mean an estimated $56 million annually for Detroit’s fourth casino and as much as $50 million in additional tax revenue from the three existing casinos, with tax revenue dedicated to Detroit’s police and fire. Additionally, the state taxes are dedicated to K-12 education and road repair. The seven Casinos outside of Detroit have a different gaming tax formula for the 23 percent that includes the host city, host county and additional state-wide funding for K-12 education, police and fire, and gaming addiction.

• 20% to the city, township or village in which the casino is located • 20% to the county in which the casino is located

• 5% to the state of Michigan to fund gambling addiction and prevention programs throughout the state Detroit Casino Partnership With more than one hundred local investors, Citizens for More Michigan Jobs includes the local development team of the proposed fourth casino in Detroit, the Detroit Casino Partnership (DCP). “DCP ownership is local and the revenue we generate here will stay here in Detroit,” according to its key investors, who include Detroit funeral director O’Neil Swanson, Four Tops singer Duke Fakir, boxing promoter Emanuel Stewart, radio personality, Cablevision Executive and DCP Manager Wade “Butterball Jr.” Briggs and DCP CEO Andrew McLemore, Jr. The Detroit Casino Partnership’s plan will “raise the bar, creating a much broader entertainment experience for the customer,” say its members. “Tourism is Michigan’s second largest industry, and yet Detroit has not realized its full potential as an urban entertainment destination. Assets like sports teams and events, our international border, and a long music history can be leveraged to make Detroit more of a destination. We see the job growth for Detroit extending far beyond the walls of our facility.”

“DCP ownership is local and the revenue we generate here will stay here in Detroit.”

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Healthcare sector is expected to continue to expand

“Strong and crucial relationships have been established between independent research institutes, universities and colleges, and clinical organizations, which can create partnerships critical for grant funding and large-scale clinical trials.” –David Van Andel

The study showed healthcare

directly employs more than 546,000 Michigan residents. —■—

Medical Mile construction has been so rampant that the building crane is joked about by some as the official bird of Grand Rapids.

Unleashing Michigan’s market potential


ealthcare, once Michigan’s economic underdog, has emerged as one of its fastest growing business sectors, and research and development (R&D) is one of its most important components.

Thus, the staffs of LivingWELL magazine and the Michigan Chronicle newspaper chose to examine the economic impact of R&D efforts in this year’s Mackinac edition spotlight.

We’ve assembled a partial listing of African American-focused R&D projects taking place in Southeast Michigan in order to spotlight projects that not only have the potential to improve the health and well-being of many African Americans, but the prosperity of Michigan residents. Healthcare leaders like Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting believe that market-leading research focused on African-American health may well position our region as a national and, perhaps, an international healthcare destination and center of excellence for ethnic healthcare if the advantage is well-marketed. Given these statistics, we believe it’s time for Michigan’s stakeholders to critically examine whether market conditions warrant a closer look at what appears to be a promising opportunity.

It’s time to get Michigan off the critical condition list. (See page C-3 for R&D list.)

By Carol Cain Special to the Michigan Chronicle

Healthcare is the fastest growing job sector in Michigan with nearly 600,000 people employed in it. That’s why leaders and communities in metro Detroit and state are rolling out the welcome mat with facilities, programs and services. Add in aging baby boomers — the fastest growing demographic — and that graying is worth an awful lot of green — as in dollars. The Michigan Health and Hospital Association in 2011 published a study showing how profoundly the healthcare industry affects Michigan’s economy. The study showed health care directly employs more than 546,000 Michigan residents. These employees earn more than $30 billion in wages, salaries and benefits, and pay $6.6 billion in federal, state and local taxes that help support other community needs, like public safety and schools. Michigan hospitals employ more than 219,000 people. “Healthcare is vital to creating a healthy economy and a healthy state,” said Nancy Schlichting, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, who also serves as chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2012 Policy Conference.

Healthcare leaders like Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting

believe that market-leading research focused on African-American health may well position our region as a national and, perhaps, an international healthcare destination and center of excellence for ethnic healthcare if the advantage is well-marketed.

“Quality healthcare is a major factor for businesses considering relocation to a state, and is essential to reducing costs and creating more value for purchasers (employers and government),” Schlichting added.

Others note that healthcare has been the one area that gained jobs during the depression-like conditions following the 2008 global economic meltdown. “Healthcare has been one of the few bright spots in adding jobs,” said Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. “With our world class universities, hospitals and research and development skills we have all the right stuff to make Michigan a top destination for medical tourism, too.”

“The Michigan Hospital Association’s recent report shows healthcare has been one of the stabilizing factors through the recent years of financial stress.”

Economic experts point to Michigan’s history of research and development as well as its leading universities to help it in the bid r. Patricia Maryland for medical dollars — D President and CEO. and business that St. John Providence can grow jobs and make communities Health System stronger.

“Life sciences is a real bright spot for Michigan, especially in Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Kent counties,” said Patrick Anderson, founder of the Anderson Economic Group. The economic potential of health and medical care was demonstrated in Michigan at least as far back as the famous Battle Creek Sanitarium in the 1800’s, Anderson pointed out. “However, because the auto industry was so dominant in Michigan in recent decades, other industries were often ignored,” he said. Indeed, what we now call “life sciences” has been

See Growth Agents page C-6

Together, we can do anything


ver the last 12 months with Roy Roberts at the helm, Detroit Public Schools has taken many of the necessary and critical steps to achieve long-term stability and solvency.

The school district completed a $200 million debt restructuring that reduced the district’s legacy deficit to $83.9 million, down from $327 million. And, it is taking bold action to engage parents in getting (and staying) more involved in their children’s education. DPS’ month-long spring open enrollment period drew thousands of parents who were provided unprecedented access to DPS teachers and administrators, in addition to school performance information critical to making the right educational choices. We applaud Roy Roberts for his role in creating and launching the Education Achievement Authority, which will help to dramatically change how education is delivered in this city. This summer, DPS will transfer 15 schools to the EAA. Roy Roberts’ many selfless acts deserve our continued support and applause.

By Roy S. Roberts To all those who are involved with, or care about, public education in this great city, you should know that, more than ever, Detroit Public Schools is critically focused on creating high quality settings for teaching and learning at all schools across the city of Detroit, and we know that the city’s future success depends on our success. As we continue to transform Detroit Public Schools to improve academics and create a more efficient system of highperforming schools, please know that the

entire city — business leaders, parents, guardians, family members, educators, volunteers and community members — are essential to that transformation and play a vital role in ensuring the future. These are your schools. These are Detroit’s public Roy S. Roberts schools. Together we will regain the national leadership role in public education that De-

troit once held. Together, we will create a strong foundation for our students that will enable sustained progress for years to come as we work to ensure all students are prepared for 21st century careers and college.

From personal experience, I know that the only chance many of our children will have to be successful will start with the quality of education that we provide them. Every day I see too many kids that

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John Covington outlines EAA’s goals By Patrick Keating

has to do, acknowledging that parental involvement in a child’s school is sometimes extremely lacking.


Dr. John Covington, chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (EAA), said what makes EAA different from other school systems is flexibility and autonomy, thus allowing it to bring about the necessary changes everyone knows are needed to improve public education.

“That’s for a lot of reasons,” he said, citing social and economic problems that preclude parents from being as involved in their children’s education as educators would like, as well as apathy on the part of some parents.

This flexibility and autonomy includes allowing key decisions to be made closest to where the children are, at the individual schools.

Dr. John Covington

This is in contrast to establishing a “huge bureaucratic organization at the top.” Covington said that more often than not, decision-making in such a structure is inefficient and doesn’t serve children well.

Although Roy Roberts is both the emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools and chairman of the board of EAA, the two are separate entities. “The


Covington said EAA is working closely with the Detroit Parent Network to help bridge the gap between the home and the school. “Those are two, and the third thing is, over the years, for a number of reasons, I think that those of us who work in public schools have had to bear part of the blame for parents not being as active as they might have been.”

Gov. Snyder announced the concept of the EAA last June, and it was created in August through an inter-local agreement between the Detroit Public Schools and Eastern Michigan University. An 11-member board consists of seven members appointed by the governor, and two each by EMU and DPS. When the new school year begins next fall, 15 Detroit Public Schools will be the initial EAA member schools: Brenda Scott Elementary/Middle School, Burns Elementary/Middle School, Law Academy, Mary M. Bethune Elementary/Middle School, Murphy Elementary/Middle School, Nolan Elementary/Middle School, Phoenix Elementary/Middle School, Stewart Elementary/Middle School, Trix Elementary/Middle School, Central Collegiate Academy, Denby High School, Ford High School, Mumford High School, Pershing High School and Southeastern High School.

“So, we’re going to have to work on those.”

He noted that some parents find schools to be uninviting places, and that educators sometimes treat parents as if they’re an interruption of their work, rather than the parents and children being the purpose for it.

Achieve­­ment Authority of Michigan has nothing to do with the Detroit Public Schools other than realizing that there’s a need for us to work in the spirit of cooperation as we transition 15 of their schools into the EAA,” Covington said. According to Covington, these schools will have the autonomy and flexibility to make decisions at the local level that will impact children’s learning and teachers’ ability to teach. As an example, he said that if an EAA school qualifies for 30 Funded Teacher Units (FTEs), EAA would allow the school to decide how those FTE’s would be used, based on the needs of the students. The tradition is for a school district to make that determination.

He also said that if a


school high school qualified for five counselors, EAA would give it the flexibility and autonomy to only have four — one for each grade level — and to utilize that fifth FTE to hire a teacher. “In the traditional sense, a school district would probably say ‘no, you were funded for five counselors. You must hire five counselors,’ when, based on a given school population, that given counselor may not be needed,” he said.

riculum frameworks that teachers will use will be aligned not only to Michigan model content standards, but to the Common Core state standards, the NAEP (the National Assessment of Educational Progress), and international standards TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and PISA (The Program for International Student Assessment; and the ACT.

Children will progress

fessional development will begin in August and be ongoing. Teachers will learn to differentiate instruction in their classrooms to meet the individualized needs of students. A fourth grader reading at the sixth grade level will learn reading at that level, rather than everyone being taught as the same pace, as is the traditional model.

Covington said parents do not initially understand how the EAA system is going to work, but become very excited when they realize that their children will be taught at their individual levels. Covington, a former superintendent of the Kansas city, Mo., public schools, also said a student-centered approach is not new. Kansas City used it, as did schools in both Alaska and in Boulder, Colorado.

If this hypothetical fourth grader is also doing math at the second grade

He also said students in student-centered classrooms — where each child

level, he or she would be taught math at that level.

is learning based on individualized needs — stay on task. The school year will be 210 days. Each student will have a Netbook tied into the Michigan curriculum Framework and the local schools’ curricula, so that learning can take place at any time. Covington said the student-centered focus of the EAA schools has not been influenced by Montessori programs. Some parents and others have asked if it is. “In ways it is (similar), but if the question is have we looked at the Montessori approach and then attempted to tailor what we’re doing in the EAA from that, we haven’t,” he said. “What we have decided to do is meet children where they are, to make sure each child is being properly educated.” Covington has always wanted to be a teacher. In college, he majored in political science, and minored in sociology with an emphasis in secondary education. He was certified by the State of Alabama, but when he graduated, the social studies market was flooded. So he took a job with the Alabama State Department of Corrections. He called it an eye-opener to see that the public schools had failed a great many young people averaging 22 to 23 years of age. When he left that job he realized that teaching is what he was called to do.

Individualized learning will be a cornerstone of the EAA schools. Covington said every child will be required to have an individualized education plan. He also said that rather than students progressing based on traditional grade levels, EAA schools will have instructional levels where the local cur-

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remind me of myself. During my entire childhood, my father stressed the importance of education and hard work. I took that lesson to heart, and I learned that education and hard work would get me to where I wanted to be in life. For every obstacle, I worked harder and climbed higher.

ests. Fifteen persistently low achieving schools will receive new options under the EAA. We will announce that all charter authorizers, DPS and EAA will voluntarily create a common measure of performance/growth to a standard of college readiness as it relates to schools governed by the major authorizers with a footprint in Detroit. I will con“ am here in tinue to take the Detroit Public stance the stance Schools because that I must accept this work is very responsibility for the educational conpersonal for me ditions for all chiland it is the dren in Detroit.

I write this on the one-year anniversary of starting this position at the leadership of Detroit Public Schools. During those 12 months, DPS achieved some foundational sucmost important cesses upon which I took this job work that I will we can rebuild a because I wanted ever do in my system of schools: to make a meanDPS generated its ingful difference life.” first annual operin the city of Deating surplus since troit and I don’t 2002, reducing the have time to tinker deficit by over $43 around the edges. million; announced I am here in Detroit school consolidaPublic Schools because tion and relocation this work is very personal for decisions four months earlier me and it is the most important work than in prior years; initiated a month- that I will ever do in my life. long spring open enrollment period; and History judges societies by what completed the relocation of offices from they do in times of great struggle. Let leased space. us all be remembered by what we do for We are moving forward to turn around our children in this community at this the outdated educational models, by moment. such actions as the 10 new self-govEditor’s Note: Roy S. Roberts is the erning schools, to be overseen by a 5- emergency manager of Detroit Public 7 member governing council from the Schools. community, business and parent inter-


through instructional levels, not grade levels. Covington said that as they demonstrate mastery in one level, students will move on to the next. The traditional model has been for a child to get promoted to the next grade at the end of each nine-month school year. “That’s not system,” he said.


With respect to academic performance on the international level, Covington said the United States ranks 25th and 26th in math and science, respectively. “We’re at the bottom of the totem pole,” he said, adding that, by contrast, countries like China and Singapore are leading the world in terms of quality educational opportunities. With the individualized learning model, a fourth grader reading at the sixth grade level would be taught reading at the sixth grade level. “That’s the beauty of this system,” Covington said. “We meet children where they are.” This hypothetical fourth grader would not be put into a sixth grade classroom. Covington said EAA is very mindful that, from a social standpoint, such a move may not be a good idea. Teachers will also be provided the necessary professional development they need to teach children in a different way. Covington said this pro-

Covington said technology will play a key role in the classroom. Very innovative and interactive computer programs are designed to assess students and determine where they are in their academic development. A child who’s reading at the sixth grade level would be working on a program that’s been designed specifically for him. Some programs also help reluctant readers by making a game of reading, according to Covington. “These programs are highly innovative,” he said. “You have to understand that these 21st century digital native students exited their mothers wombs with a laptop in one hand and a cell phone in the other. They are technology savvy, and for us to try to deliver instruction or educational programs and services to them in our world and never consider that they were born into a high-tech world would be certainly counterproductive.” Covington said the technological platforms EAA will be using are highly innovative and operate in real time. Along with the students themselves, parents and other guardians will play a critical role in the success of the EAA, Covington said. Parents will be required to sign compacts with the schools. He also said that there are several things EAA


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The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) reports that more than $2 billion is invested in R&D each year and nearly 120 new life science companies have been formed since 2000. In the life sciences industry, Michigan has 542 companies, nearly 32,000 employees and reports a whopping $4.8 billion in sales. Many of the state’s largest projects take place in Detroit. The University Research Corridor — a collaboration between Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University — had a net economic impact of $12.8 billion on the state of Michigan in 2006 Proposal Title

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while helping to create 68,800 Michigan jobs, according to published reports. And the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor awarded $150 million for research and commercial projects in the state and generated 400 jobs and $2.4 billion in private investments. Michigan’s academic institutions also report sizable contributions. The University of Michigan Medical School and other academic medical centers in the state report a combined economic impact of $18.7 billion on the state and supported 122,000 full-time jobs.

Primary Investigator


Date Granted Total Funding

Cancer Targeting Stem Cells in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) in Different Racial Populations

Grow or go

Healthcare reform will create winners and losers By C.L. Price

agement system.

Providers are bracing to face the increased costs, regulation and patient loads anticipated as a result of healthcare reform mandates. According to our panel of healthcare leaders interviewed for the Michigan Chronicle’s Mackinac edition, these changes won’t come cheap and casualties are anticipated. GROW OR GO

The EMR system will help support a seamless transfer of DMC patients to PMC clinics and ensure the healthcare system can properly refer its hospital patients to local primary care providers and, conversely, allow the smaller PMC to seismically increase its patient load. This will allow PMC to provide the infrastructure improvement costs mandated with the reforms. The

costs to purchase a system like Green­way as well as other improvements are staggering.

Many small physician groups or single practitioners will be forced to grow or go as a result of the reforms.

While Cole would not specify the investment, experts estimate costs of more than $1 million.

Why? “Small providers will not be able to absorb the staggering costs associated with reform.” This according to CEO Robin Cole, of Professional Medical Center, which operates five standalone clinics in Detroit.

“I predict that the more seasoned primary care doctors operating independently will elect to retire and close their practices, while others will be forced to join larger practices like ours that are capable of absorbing the increased costs associated with the mandates.”

“Regardless of size, providers must quickly improve the efficiency, transparency and predictability in regulatory and reimbursement processes,” according to Advanced Technology Ventures partner Tom Rodgers.

The Healthcare reform mandate requires costly investments in electronic medical record (EMR) management sys“Without this, tems as well as the incentive to additional staff to invest in early obin Cole, comply with Ac- — R stage technoloCEO Professional Medical countable Care gies will truly be Center Organization lost,” said Rodg(ACO) standards. These standards require clinics ers, a leading advocate of driving to provide on-site primary care down the costs of EMR systems. physicians, social workers and CARD DOES NOT GUARANTEE medical technicians at a mini- CARE mum. There are other mandates While escalating costs rank that will require direct Medicare high among the concerns of proand Medicaid program billing. viders like PMC, it’s the associ“I predict that the more sea- ated demands of patient care soned primary care doctors op- that have Cole concerned. erating independently will elect “While healthcare reform will to retire and close their pracprovide uninsured patients with tices, while others will be forced coverage, it does not provide pato join larger practices like ours tients the motivation to seek or that are capable of absorbing the maintain treatment, nor elimiincreased costs associated with nate real patient barriers like the mandates,” said Cole. access to transportation,” said INFRASTRUTURE MATTERS Cole. You’ve got to pay to play, acUnder the healthcare reform, cording to our panelists. Re- hospitals will be forced to push forms are driving large health- a significant number of patients care systems to make choices: — who traditionally rely upon to purchase small independent the Emergency Room (ER) for clinics or find providers capable primary care — to local primary of committing to compatible care care providers. If the patients models. fail to seek primary care recomProfessional Medical Center mended and return to the hos(PMC) is well-positioned to pital system for extended treatbe among the survivors. PMC ment of their original condition, has invested in a state-of-the- the hospital’s reimbursement art electronic medical record will be less. system (EMR). This system Going forward, the winners (Greenway) is compatible with will be those that align the inDetroit Medical Center’s (DMC) centives of payers, patients and electronic medical record man- providers.

Dr. Max Wicha

University of Michigan



Genetic susceptibility to cancers of the prostate and urinary bladder

Jennifer L. BeebeDimmer

Wayne State University



Improving functional status in African Americans with cancer pain

April H. Vallerand

Wayne State University



Gerold Bepler

Wayne State University



Cathryn H. Bock

Wayne State University



Kathleen A. Cooney

University of Michigan





Cancer center support grant for the Barbar Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Oxidative stress, antioxidants and racial disparities in prostate cancer Genome-wide scan for genetic variants associated with earlyonset prostate cancer Admixture mapping of sarcoidosis genes in African Americans

Benjamin A. Rybicki

Henry Ford Health System

The funciton of EZH2 in estrogen receptor negative breast cancer in women of African descent

Celina G. Kleer

University of Michigan



Patient and Provider Influences on Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Care

Arden M. Morris, MD, MPH

University of Michigan



Improving clinical system communication to increase trial offers to cancer patients

Terrance L. Albrecht

Wayne State University



Communication patterns in cancer screening navigation with African Americans

Hayley S. Thompson

Wayne State University



Using Maternal Cancer Screening Visits to Improve Adolescent HPV Vaccination

Ruth Carlos, MD

University of Michigan



Racial/Ethnic and SES Disparities in Quality of Breast Cancer Systemic Therapy

Jennifer Griggs

University of Michigan



Racial/Ethnic and SES Disparities in Quality of Breast Cancer Systemic Therapy

Steven Katz, MD

University of Michigan



University of Michigan International Program to Study Triple Negative Breast Cancer and African Ancestry

Dr. Lisa Newman

University of Michigan



Isaac Powell, M.D.

Wayne State University



Izabela Podgorski, Ph.D.

Wayne State University



Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Work and QoL Outcomes in Survivors of Breast Cancer

Sarah Hawley, Ph.D., Steven Katz, MD

University of Michigan



Body and Soul Colon Screening

Ken Reniscow, Ph.D.

University of Michigan



Understanding and Reducing Racial Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Surgery

Arden M. Morris, MD, MPH

University of Michigan



Living with Cancer: The Quality of Cancer Pain Management in African Americans

Carmen Green, MD

University of Michigan



Jennifer Griggs

University of Michigan



Dana Rice, Dr.P.H.

Wayne State University







The influence of metabolic syndrome on prostate cancer and the risk of recurrence in African-American men Biochemical and Genetic Markers in Aggressiveness and Recurrence of Prostate Cancer: Race-Specific Links to Inflammation and Insulin Resistance

Racial Differences in Physician-Patient Communication for Cancer Pain Management STD Promote HIV testing among African-Americans

Adolescent medicine trials network for HIV/AIDS intervention Elizabeth A. Secord Wayne State University Neuropsychological benefits of cognitive training in Ugandan HIV children Michael Joseph Boivin Michigan State University Teachable Moments to Enhance Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination n Young Women Ages 18-26

Computer motivational interventions to improve diabetes care in minority youth BMI12: Brief Motivational Interviewing to Reduce Child BMI (Body Mass Index) Lay public's genetic explanations for type 2 diabetes: prevention implications Tailoring messages to promote healthy eating and physical activity for African Americans Mothers in Motion Program to Prevent Weight Gain in Overweight/Obese WIC Mothers Interventionist procedures for adherence to weight loss recs in black adolescents

University of Michigan



Deborah A. Ellis

Wayne State University



Ken Reniscow, Ph.D.

University of Michigan



Toby E. Jayaratne

University of Michigan



Derek M. Griffith

University of Michigan



Ken Reniscow, Ph.D.

University of Michigan



Sylvie Naar-King, Ph.D.

Wayne State University



Girls On The Move Intervention

Ken Reniscow, Ph.D.

University of Michigan



Girls On The Move Intervention

Lorraine B. Robbins

Michigan State University



Phillip Levy, M.D., M.P.H.

Wayne State University







Role of vitamin D in reducing cardiac damage in hypertensive African Americans Vitamin D Deficiency with Insulin Secretion in Children Understanding the impact of vitamin D levels on insulin resistance in obese African American children

Children’s Hospital of Usha Sethuraman, MD Michigan Sylvie Naar-King, Identify successful weight-loss intervention strategies among Ph.D., and K-L obese African-American children Catherine Jen, Ph.D. Wayne State University Healthy environments partnership: Lean & Green in Motown

Amy J. Schulz

University of Michigan



BMI12: Brief Motivational Interviewing to Reduce Child BMI (Body Mass Index)

Ken Reniscow, Ph.D.

University of Michigan



Rebecca M. Cunningham

University of Michigan



Multi-component technology intervention for minority emerging adults with asthma

Karen MacDonell

Wayne State University



HEP community approaches to cardiovascular health: Pathways to heart health

Amy J. Schulz

University of Michigan



Other Substance abuse among violently injured youth in an urban ER: Services and outcome

Ganesa R. Wegienka

Henry Ford Health System



Impact of race and genetic factors on beta-blocker effectiveness in heart failure

David E. Lanfear

Henry Ford Health System



Promoting ethnic diversity in public health training

Harold W. Neighbors

University of Michigan



Health trajectories from age 12-32: Disparities, discrimination & socialization Jacquelynne S. Eccles

University of Michigan



Substance use by African American youth

Julie Maslowsky

University of Michigan



Optimizing sbirt for drug-using patients in an inner-city emergency department

Early life vitamin D, racial disparities, and wheezing

Frederic C. Blow

University of Michigan



Epidemiology of late-life depression and ethnicity research study

Hector M. Gonzalez

Wayne State University



Racial and ethnic disparities in mental and physical health

James S. Jackson

University of Michigan



Christine LM Joseph

Henry Ford Health System



Jimo borjigin

University of Michigan



Sylvie Naar-King, Ph.D.

Wayne State University



Racial variation in food allergy: mechanisms and risk Promoting diversity of future scientists Multisystemic Therapy to Reduce Health Disparities in AfricanAmerican Adolescents with Asthma Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Developing and enacting racial/ethnic identities Increasing Enrollment in Clinical Trials through Faith-Based Initiative

James S. Jackson

University of Michigan



Jacquelynne S. Eccles

University of Michigan



Ken Reniscow, Ph.D.

University of Michigan



Clinicians' concepts of racial/ethnic differences in the management of chronic illness

Linda M. Hunt

Michigan State University



Michigan Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities

Ana V. Diez-Roux, MD, Ph.D.

University of Michigan



Predictors of coronary artery calcification in an African American cohort

Patricia Peyser

University of Michigan



Race-based social stress and health trajectories from adolescence to adulthood

Jacquelynne S. Eccles

University of Michigan



The Role of Racial Attitudes and Doctor Communication in Pain-related Racial Disparities among Urban African Americans

Stephen Henry, M.D.




A Targeted Decision Aid to Improve Minority Participation in Clinical Trials

Sarah Hawley, Ph.D.

University of Michigan



David Gordon, MD

University of Michigan



Sylvie Naar-King, Multisystemic Therapy to Reduce Health Disparities in African- Ph.D., and Deborah American Adolescents with Asthma Ellis, Ph.D.

Wayne State University



HEP community approaches to cardiovascular health: Pathways to heart health

Amy J. Schulz

University of Michigan



Nancy Janz, Ph.D.

University of Michigan



Ken Reniscow, Ph.D.

University of Michigan



Encouraging Physicians to Practice in Underserved Communities: Medical Student Strategy Continuation

Improving Gastrointestional Disease Outcomes in Vulnerable Populations Peer-support Motivational Interviewing PA Intervention for African American Women Analyzing Diversity Management Practices in Southeast Michigan Hospitals

Robin Cole and the late Dr. Augustine Kayode Kole-James.

Ruth Carlos, MD


Valerie Myers, PhD

University of Michigan



Improving Cardiovascular Care for Minority and Low Income Populations in Outpatient Clinical Setting

Ade Olomu, MD

Michigan State University



Body and Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Eating and Living Organ Donation Module

Ken Reniscow, Ph.D.

University of Michigan



Total: $48,307,081



Detroit Historical Society moves toward major renovation Just before crowds of music fans gather from across the globe to attend the Movement: Electronic Music Festival in Hart Plaza, the party begins when the Detroit Historical Society pays tribute to those who have shaped the city’s musical past. From 8-11 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, all are invited to Woodward Plaza outside of the Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., to share in one of Detroit’s most treasured stories as the

birthplace of techno. The Movement and Renovation Kickoff will be set to the sounds of World Class DJ and Planet-E Communications founder, Carl Craig and opener Keith Kemp. The pre-Movement party and the Detroit Historical Museum will be open to the public and admission is free. For more information on the Detroit Historical Society, visit detroithistorical.org.


Office Hours: Mon., Weds., Fri. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Thurs. 9:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays/Evenings by appointment Phone: (734) 482-6570 Fax: (734) 482-7501 About Shirley‌ • Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) • Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) • National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. • Michigan State University – B.S. • Central Michigan University – M.S.A. • Chamber of Commerce/Notary Public • Fully licensed & professional staff •Active member of Fellowship Chapel Church

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From many to just one By Arthur E. Nowlin and Dr. Kim LoganNowlin The transition of life offers many challenges. Challenges that require us all to adjust to situations and continue to maintain composure in finding solutions. Many times we forget the difficulties that we encounter while dealing with the many issues that can distract us from reality. Being distracted can prevent us from making good decisions while we address the issues of change. Recently Kim and I were faced with the transition between life and death. Even though we were aware of the seriousness of the concerns of the family that a loved one was preparing for transition, it was still difficult to realize that medical technology was unable to prevent the encounter with death. We realized that death is a part of life. The process of life was ending and the silence of death was beginning.

Agent Shirley Redrick, ChFC, CLU, CPCU 2140 Washtenaw Road Ypsilanti, MI 48197-1708

May 23-29, 2012

How often do we place emphasis on minor situations, causing anxiety and stress without understanding that this life is only moving from one cycle to another. We have observed our love ones making their transition through the life cycle and we are saddened due to the limited time frame that evolved into emptiness. It becomes unfair for the living relatives and friends yet the process of life and death is similar to a double edged sword as we hold to the remembrance of the life that once was, instead of releasing the life that is transitioning into death.

About Lisa‌ • ¡MBA - Davenport University • PCS Special Education Advisory Committee On May 4, my brother Fredrick J. Nowlin, of • 24 Hour Good Neighbor Service • Member, Charles H Wright Museum of African American History • Member, NAACP

Fredrick J. Nowlin (left) and Arthur E. Nowlin. Gary, Indiana, passed away after many months of fighting a losing battle with cancer. My emotions were fluctuating from personal sadness to anger as he was engaged in his battle during the transition of life to death. During this process I had realized that my entire family immediate family was now gone. From many to just me. It was difficult for me to avoid making the situation personal. I wanted my brother to live. The pain that he was enduring became his challenge as he allowed the use of medication to ease his suffering. Even through the adversity I continued to pray for my brother to live, I was not prepared for his transition. How often do we become confused with the life cycle and disconnected with what is reality and not our desire. What becomes critical in transition is our ability to maintain stability during the unpredictable experience from life to death. The transition causes us all to mourn the loss of

love ones but we must rejoice in the transition of the spirit from the pain within the body. We must be thankful for our opportunities as we reflect on the abundance of love and the fellowship we enjoyed with our love ones before their transition through the life cycle. Cancer is still a deadly disease causing one in every four deaths in the United States, second only to heart disease. But the rate of cancer deaths has been dropping by about one percent annually since 1991 because of early detection and better treatment, according to American Cancer Society. Take time to embrace each moment for each moment is a transition of life. Arthur E. Nowlin, LMSW, CAADC, and Kim Logan-Nowlin, PhD, LPC, BCCPC, MFT, are a husband and wife counseling team and owners of the Kim Logan Communications Christian Family Counseling Clinic in Detroit.

May is National Skin Cancer Detection Month




























Your good will and intentions towards others will reap you an inheritance of abundance and wealth. You will be blessed with many good wishes and enjoy them in the company of family and friends. Soul Affirmation: I appear to others what I know myself to be. Lucky Numbers: 30, 32, 33



Just to prove to yourself once again how lucky you are you should fly into the face of bad predictions. Gamble this week in business, relationships, love — something. Remain truly confident that things will come out in a way that will satisfy you. Soul Affirmation: Change is my middle name. Lucky Numbers: 4, 28, 37

Your dignity and composure are sure assets this week. Be Mr. or Ms. Cool Breeze. In touchy situations you have the ability to maintain a high level of emotional balance and a calm disposition. Use these qualities to the fullest this week. You have the know-how to re-direct negative feelings into a positive solution. Soul Affirmation: Understanding is often the best route to clarity. Lucky Numbers: 20, 28, 31


Move through your social environments and festive occasions this week without stopping even for a little while to listen to rumors. Rumors are often untrue. And for goodness sake believe only good things about friends and your lover. Soul Affirmation: I keep my eyes open for business opportunities this week. Lucky Numbers: 15, 30, 45


Start this week to make a difference for tomorrow. You can determine the prosperity of your future by making difficult decisions in the present. Rearrange your priorities and decide what are the important things to you. Make a list. Write them down and act on it now! Soul Affirmation: As chances come around again. I take advantage of them.


Keep focused. Your energies are likely to be spread out this week. Your attention is likely to be pulled in many directions. Let yourself be seduced by the things that interest you most. Concentrate on your affairs. Others need you, but they can wait. Soul Affirmation: I find a source of strength in someone I love. Lucky Numbers: 7, 11, 21

Lucky Numbers: 17, 50, 54




Week’s Best


What a blessed week this will be. Spend it meditating on all that God has given you. This week think hard about some form of worship. Curtis Mayfield wrote a song titled ‘’Who Do You Love?’’ Someone should write one titled ‘’How Do You Love?’’ For your love lesson, the second song would be the one you should sing. Soul Affirmation: New intuitions create new plans and a new cast of characters. Lucky Numbers: 7, 16, 25


Being stubborn won’t get the job done. Work with others so they can work for you. Your ideas are not always the best ones, so don’t push them too hard this week. You might find yourself in an awkward position with no allies. Give in to your emotional needs and don’t be afraid to let your guard down.

You might be looking into the buying or selling of a piece of property, and this week seems to be a favorable week for this type of negotiation. Be careful with the intricacies of the matter. Pay attention to details or it could cost you a great deal later.

Soul Affirmation: A cheerful soul should be wrapped in a cheerful package.

Soul Affirmation: I care deeply about the feelings of others. Lucky Numbers: 11, 21, 35

Stephen Saunders, the president of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and the report’s lead author, said, “Global studies already show that human-caused climate change is driving more extreme precipitation, and now we’ve documented how great the increase has been in the Midwest and linked the extreme storms to flooding in the region. A threshold may already have been crossed, so that major floods in the Midwest perhaps now should no longer be considered purely natural disasters but instead mixed natural/unnatural disasters. And if emissions keep going up, the forecast is for more extreme storms in the region.� In addition to regionwide trends, the report presents trends in the eight Midwestern states. For the worst storms (three inches or more of rain in 24 hours) from 1961-2011, the report outlines the following state-level trends: Indiana (+160 percent); Wisconsin (+203 percent); Missouri (+81 percent); Michigan (+180 percent); Minnesota (+104 percent); Illinois (+83 percent); Ohio (+40 percent); and Iowa (+32 percent). Titled “Doubled Trouble: More Midwestern Extreme Storms,� the new NRDC-RMCO report adds several years of data to previous reports tracking the issue of Midwestern storms. Key findings include: Since 1961, the Midwest has had an increasing number of large storms. The largest of storms, those of three inches or more of pre-

cipitation in a single day, increased the most, with their annual frequency having increased by 103 percent over the roughly half century period through 2011. For storms of at least two inches but less than three inches in a day, the trend was


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Lucky Numbers: 20, 42, 54


Your self-confidence is making you glow all over! People are attracted to your outlook this week, and you may be deluged with offers. Some may not be sincere, but trust your fabulous instincts and you’ll pick and choose what’s real for you. Soul Affirmation: Clinging to the old will inhibit my growth.


Find motivation within yourself to complete a task that has been hanging around too long. You will want to play later in the week, and you’ll feel happier then with a clear mind. Remember that you’re the boss of your emotions. Soul Affirmation: My imagination is the source of my happiness. Lucky Numbers: 18, 27, 55

Climate study: Extreme rain storms in Midwest have doubled in last 50 years The kind of deluges that in recent years washed out Cedar Rapids, IA, forced the Army Corps of Engineers to intentionally blow up levees to save Cairo, Ill., and sent the Missouri River over its banks for hundreds of miles are part of a growing trend, according to a new report released today by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Big storms, leading to big floods, are occurring with increasing frequency in the Midwest, with incidences of the most severe downpours doubling over the last half century, the report finds.


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Soul Affirmation: I let go and let the spirit take control.

Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 10

You are often superb at exercising good judgment and rational decision-making. Yet sometimes you are rash. Flip to the observant side of your mentality this week. You will soon find yourself in a situation where there will be strife if you are not careful.

Lucky Numbers: 18, 36, 44

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Growth Agents a big industry in Michigan for many decades. Michigan pharmaceutical companies like Parke-Davis and Upjohn pioneered the industry, and Dow has produced medical devices. “Only in the last decade or so have we really started counting life sciences properly. I was surprised to the scale of the industry several years ago, and I am certain it has a bright future in our state,” Anderson said., “The connection with the research universities is critical to the research and development dollars that have kept flowing into the state even during the recession. That’s one reason that wages in the life sciences often exceed $90,000 per year, and were growing even while most of the economy was contracting a few years.” Michigan has 146 hospitals, some with national and international reputations for research and breakthrough medical services. “The Michigan Hospital Association’s recent report shows healthcare has been one of the stabilizing factors through the recent years of financial stress,” said Patricia Maryland, Dr. PH, president and CEO of St. John Providence Health System. “At St. John Providence Health System we have an annual payroll of approximately $877 million,” Dr. Maryland explained. St. John Providence Health System includes five hospitals and more than 125 medical facilities in Southeast Michigan. It provides services such as heart, cancer, obstetrics, neurosciences, orthopedics, physical rehabilitation, behavioral medicine, surgery, emergency and urgent care. “SJPHS has a longtime strong commitment to Detroit as well as all of Southeast Michigan,” Dr, Maryland said. “Our flagship hospital — St. John Hospital and Medical Center — is located in Detroit and has served the community for 60 years. SJPHS invested $162 million in construction there of a new patient tower and doubled the size of the Emergency Department in 2007.” With people in Michigan living longer — including those with disabilities — the demand for long-term care is growing, which is placing tremendous financial pressure on state Medicare/Medicaid budgets. Community Living Services (CLS), a nonprofit based in Wayne that focuses on keeping people out of long-term care facilities and at home as long as possible, is one of the largest providers in Michigan. CLS serves Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. “It is more than simply not institutionalizing

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Since Medical Main Street’s

inception a few years ago, more than $831 million has been invested, creating 4,504 jobs.

people, it is about having and supporting a quality life in their community,” said Jim Dehem, CEO of Community Living Services. “There is a growing need and will be going forward for healthcare workers trained for these jobs,” Dehem added. Across the state, numerous entities are trying to stay ahead of the growing needs of healthcare. Following are a few.

Many are still surprised to hear BCBSM – a notfor-profit insurance provider with almost five million customers – has 8,000 employees in the state and an economic impact of $22 billion.

Henry Ford Health System’s growing girth Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System is one of the country’s largest and most comprehensive integrated healthcare systems. It’s made up of the 1,200-member Henry Ford Medical Group, five hospitals, Health Alliance Plan (a health insurance/wellness company), Henry Ford Physician Network, a 150-site ambulatory network and many other health-related entities throughout Southeast Michigan. Henry Ford Health System directly and indirectly supports more than 37,500 jobs and the system’s total impact on Michigan’s economy was more than $5.8 billion in 2010. With more than 23,000 employees, Henry Ford is the largest provider of healthcare services in Michigan. “Healthcare organizations have also become one of the major employers in cities and states across the country and contribute significant positive economic activity to companies that do business with them,” said CEO Schlichting.

ing the way to improving Michigan’s economic strength and stability,” said Loepp, who grew up on Detroit’s east side. “The impacts of the jobs and wages, not to mention tax revenue, ripple through the state in a very positive way, providing good news even during times when other parts of the economy have struggled.”

Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile

Daniel J. Loepp Henry Ford also aggressively pursued economic development opportunities in Detroit, including plans to develop 300 acres of land adjacent to Henry Ford Hospital with more details to be announced in coming weeks. It also has collaborated with Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center to revitalize Midtown through LiveMidtown.

BCBSM Eyes Urban Centers Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is taking an aggressive stance in Michigan as it has concentrated its workforce in downtown Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids. Many are still surprised to hear BCBSM — a not-for-profit insurance provider with almost five million customers — has 8,000 employees in the state and an economic impact of $22 billion. That ranks it behind only General Motors and Ford Motor Company in revenue. Daniel J. Loepp, presi-

dent and CEO of BCBSM, said it will complete its moves of an additional 3,000 workers from its suburban locations to downtown Detroit in June. As part of that commitment, the Blues signed a 15-year lease to rent space in the 500 and 600 Towers of the riverfront GM Renaissance Center, which you can see from the window of Loepp’s downtown Detroit office. BCBSM also completed a top-to-bottom renovation of an old power station in downtown Lansing last year as it turned the long-vacant facility on the Grand River into a modern new headquarters for its Accident Fund Holdings insurance subsidiary. And in 2003, the Blues transformed the former Steketee’s department store in Grand Rapids into its West Michigan headquarters, a move that has helped gain clients, including furniture maker Haworth, just a month ago. “We are proud to be part of the industry lead-

Perhaps nowhere in the state has a community rallied together so uniquely to market itself as in Grand Rapids, which is gaining international notice with its Medical Mile. It is an effort started a few decades ago by wellknown names of families like Van Andel, DeVos, Meijer and Secchia. It has grown into an impressive billion-dollarplus development of medical and research facilities nestled in downtown Grand Rapids along Michigan Avenue. Medical Mile includes the Van Andel Research Institute, Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Hospital complex, Michigan State University’s Secchia Center Medical School, Meijer Heart Center, the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and more. Construction has been so rampant that the building crane is joked about by some as the official bird of Grand Rapids. It’s about economic development and providing world-class healthcare and R&D. David Van Andel, son of the late Jay and Betty Van Andel, is chairman and CEO of the Van Andel

“The connection with the research universities is critical to the research and development dollars that have kept flowing into the state even during the recession. That’s one reason why the sector’s growing even while most of the economy was contracting a few years.” – Patrick Anderson, founder of the Anderson Economic Group

Institute. (Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos co-founded Amway, the global direct selling giant over 50 years ago. Mr. DeVos is on Amway’s board.) It was Van Andel’s parents’ dream to have a world-class medical research facility that David worked to make happen. The Van Andel Institute was founded in 1996 to do biomedical research in life sciences with a focus on cancer and Parkinson’s disease. “West Michigan has a lot going for it in the competition with established and emerging life science industries, both in the United States and abroad,” said Van Andel. “Strong and crucial relationships have been established between independent research institutes, universities and colleges, and clinical organizations, which can create partnerships critical for grant funding and large-scale clinical trials.” He referenced the region’s R&D prowess as helping build a stronger future. “A history of manufacturing, research and development, and technological expertise also makes the region a natural for investment and start-ups in the medical device industry,” Van Andel said.

Oakland’s Medical Main Street When Southeast Michigan’s economy was tanking a decade ago and manufacturing jobs were leaving in droves, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson decided diversification was the solution. He came up with an action plan he called Emerging Sectors that looked to grow jobs in 10 sectors, and recognized the medical sector as the most promising on his list. As a result, the county created its Medical Main Street initiative to foster business growth, which has led to more than $831 million in investments and 4,504 jobs. More important, it is helping the region as it continues to build its reputation as a world-class destination for medical service. “My goal was to bring together the disparate assets, create an awareness that over the last 15 to 20 years Oakland County had indeed become a center for excellence in healthcare, and that it was only a matter of time before Medical Main Street and Oakland County could challenge the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic for top honors – and we are well on our way,” Patterson said. (Carol Cain is the Emmy-winning senior producer and host of CBS62’s “Michigan Matters.” She can be reached at clcain@cbs.com.)

City Year celebrates national four-star charity rating for eighth consecutive year at Ripples of Hope Benefit SPECIAL TO CHRONICLE


ity Year, Inc. was named one of the top nonprofits in the country, earning a coveted four-star rating from a national charity evaluator for the eighth year in a row, an honor the Detroit chapter of the education-focused nonprofit celebrated April 26 at the 10th annual Ripples of Hope benefit at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. City Year was named to this elite group of nonprofits by Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier charity evaluator, for its sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. The rating places City Year in the top 1% of organizations to receive a four-star rating for eight consecutive years.

Roy Roberts, emergency manager, Detroit Public Schools.

“It’s a high honor for the City Year organization, staff and our young adult corps members who dedicate a year of full-time service as tutors, mentors and very importantly, role models to students in Detroit Public Schools and others in nearby high poverty, low achieving districts,” said

Penny Baile (left), executive director, City Year Detroit; Roy Roberts, emergency manager, Detroit Public Schools; Maureen Roberts, wife of Roy Roberts; Nettie Seabrooks, executive advisor to the director, Detroit Institute of Arts; and Daniel Little, PhD, City Year Detroit board chairman and chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. City Year Executive Director Penny Bailer. Each year Charity Navigator evaluates more than 5,000 nonprofit organizations nationwide. It serves as a guide for charitable givers and philanthropic institutions that provide financial contributions and support to nonprofit agencies.

City Year Detroit’s Ripples of Hope benefit also honored Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts with the Idealist in Action award. Roberts was selected for the award because of his willingness to accept the challenging role of resolving both the financial and academic emergencies facing DPS and posi-

tioning Detroit’s children for academic excellence. “Mr. Roberts has stepped up for Detroit, coming out of a well-earned retirement to accept the daunting responsibility of being DPS emergency manager at a crucial time in our history,” Bailer said. “He is an inspiring role model for Detroit’s children and for us all.”

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Frederick Sampson III to appear in concert at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church By Danton Wilson Special to the Chronicle

For the record, it will not be Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church’s official homecoming service when vocalist/ minister, Dr. Frederick G. Sampson III, is featured in concert at Tabernacle on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Men’s conference The Unity Urban Ministerial School recently held a Men’s Conference. The theme was “Oh That Men Would Praise The Lord.” O’Neil D. Swanson Sr., president and CEO, Swanson Funeral Home Inc., was a guest speaker. Pictured (from left) are Dr. William J. Mosley, president, UUMS; Bishop Dr. Barbara L. King, Atlanta, Ga., keynote speaker; Rev. Dr. Ruth M. Mosley, keynote speaker; O’ Neil D. Swanson Sr., special guest; Rev. Dr. Joann Watson, Detroit councilwoman; and O’ Neil D. Swanson lll , grandson of O’ Neil D. Swanson Sr.

8th anniversary service The Rev. Dr. Steve Bland Jr. on his Eighth Anniversary of service at Liberty Temple Baptist Church (LTBC), which totals 28 years in the ministry. The theme for this year’s Anniversary event is “Celebrating God’s Ambassador: Leading us into New Beginnings.” The celebration will highlight many of Rev. Bland’s outstanding service to the congregation and community as a pastor, preacher, teacher, and visionary Rev. Dr. Steve Bland Jr. leader. Reverend Bland eight years of leadership. came to Michigan in On each day of the cel2004, and since then has ebration services, there earned the respect of the will be a featured message community as a dedicated by Guest Speakers both leader. locally and nationally. In Pastor Bland is cur- cluded among the speakrently the Third Vice Pres- ers is a special guest ident of the BM&E State Psalmist, Tim White. You Convention among many won’t want to miss these other titles. Rev. Bland world renowned ecumeniwill stop at nothing to ac- cal leaders, as they will complish great things and feed your spirit and nourbelieves that one should ish your soul. Celebratory “Refuse the Ordinary and activities will commence Expect the Extraordinary” on Sunday May 20. which can be witnessed The LTBC congregaby the explosion of the tion and its ministries congregation under his will honor Pastor Bland

with an Anniversary Banquet on June 1, featuring Pastor Emeritus, Reverend Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. of Trinity United Church of Christ of Chicago, IL. Dr. Wright will present the keynote address at the Anniversary Banquet to be held at the UAW Region 1A, 9650 Telegraph Road, in Taylor. In celebration of Pastor Bland’s 8th Anniversary, everyone is asked to wear Shades of Green to all scheduled activities (except on June 1st when the Anniversary Banquet will be an all-white affair.) A donation of $40 will cover the cost of admission and dinner. On June 2, the church will commemorate the Marguerite Bland College Scholarship Fund with its 2nd Annual Golf Outing at Inkster Valley Golf Course (2150 Middlebelt Rd. Inkster, MI 48141). Proceeds will benefit the College Scholarship Fund. Please contact the church office for more information. All activities are open to the public.

Alpha Kappa Alpha hosts golf outing to benefit scholarships Theta Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is hosting its 20th annual Scholarship Golf Outing on Saturday, June 16 at 8:30 a.m.

over $1 million. The golf outing is one of the chapter’s avenues for raising the funds that have helped change the lives of young people.

The location is the beautiful Fieldstone Golf Course, located at 1984 Taylor Road in Auburn Hills. There is a registration fee, due by June 1.

To register for the golf outing, or to find out more information about donation and scholarship opportunities, please contact Minnie Phillips at (248) 885-3431.

Over the past 40 years, Theta Lambda Omega Chapter has shown a strong commitment to education in the greater Pontiac community by providing scholarships to over 900 students, totaling

More information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is available at www. aka.1908.com.

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church celebrates annual Women’s Day The women of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Ricardo Bartlett II is senior pastor, will be celebrating their annual Women’s Day on Sunday, May 27. To begin the celebration, a prayer meeting will be held Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. Everyone will have the opportunity to pray and give their testimonies. On Sunday, May 27, the guest speaker will be Sis. Evelyn Preston from Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She will deliver the messageEvelyn Preston

for both the 7:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship services. Our theme: “Women of Vision.” Scripture: Proverbs 29:18. Our colors are white with pastel accents. Ura Mobley chairperson. We are looking forward to a wonderful fellowship, and invite the public to celebrate with us. For further information, call the church office at (313) 869-4878.

It may, however, feel like a homecoming, according to those familiar with the tie between the Sampson name and Tabernacle. The special musical guests, Blessed Hearts, will appear with Rev. Sampson III. Rev. Sampson III is the son and namesake of Rev. Frederick G. Sampson II, who left a significant imprint not only at Tabernacle – now led by Pastor Nathan Johnson -- but also throughout Detroit and the nation. The elder Sampson was named one of the 15 Greatest Black Preachers in the U.S. by Ebony Magazine in both 1984 and 1993. He was pastor of Tabernacle from 1971 through 2001, the year he passed. The younger Sampson – called to the ministry while his father was pastor of Tabernacle -- watched as his father immersed the church in initiatives ranging from feeding the needy to substance abuse assistance. The son also witnessed his father’s civil rights involvement. As a Louisville pastor, the elder Sampson spoke and demonstrated alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While the younger Sampson became a preacher in his own right, he also has blazed his own trail and utilized his own voice. Early on, Rev. Sampson III realized his was as much a musical voice as it was a preaching one. In 1972, Rev. Sampson III began studying voice at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York. He later received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctorate from United Theological Seminary. The younger Sampson also has been minister of Spiritual Formation at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church (200208) and associate minister at Greater Christ Memorial Baptist Church (2008-

Frederick Sampson

11). Currently, he is associate minister at Redford Aldersgate United Methodist Church and founder/pastor of Great Commission Ministries Church.Net (GCMChurch.Net), an internet church using computer technology to witness primarily to those who are sick and shut-in. The importance of the man affectionately known as “Frederick the Third” delivering a scholarship benefit concert at Tabernacle cannot be overstated, according to Freda Sampson, sister of Rev. Sampson III. Freda Sampson is president and executive director of the Frederick G. Sampson Foundation. “The historical significance of Friday’s concert is not to be taken lightly,” said Freda Sampson. “It illustrates the importance of the legacy of Dr. Sampson and his commitment to youth and education. It also speaks to his testament as a pastor, a father, and a friend to this community. He would be pleased with the fact that this event features his son and provides what he might call a connection of the hearts.” For more information on the concert, call (313) 898-3325.


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Reflections By Steve Holsey

A Detroit trio that should have been much bigger Sweet Obsession, a trio comprised of three sisters from Detroit, Keena, Michelle and Klmmla Green, were without question one of the most exciting and certainly unique vocal groups in the history of popular music. Their creativity, delivery and energy level were untouchable, and I could never get tired of lead singer Keena Green’s facial expressions! Which is why I watch their “Gonna Get Over You” video repeatedly. (You can buy it from iTunes for only $1.99.) The young ladies literally exploded on stage!


By Steve Holsey


here are certain titles that belong to certain people, from now into infinity. That is the case whether they are with us or have moved on to the next level. Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul. Bob Marley is the King of Reggae. B.B. King is the King of the Blues. And on it goes.

Donna Summer, who died last week, will always be the Queen of Disco. Her name, in fact, is synonymous with the genre that in essence “ruled” from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Her biggest hits are the very essence of disco, starting with “Love to Love You Baby” (a song that has been described as “orgasmic”) and continuing with, among others, “Last Dance,” “I Feel Love,” “Hot Stuff,” “MacArthur Park,” “Bad Girls” and her surprise duet with Barbra Streisand, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).”

Sweet Obsession It 1988, it seemed that Sweet Obsession’s ship had finally come in. “Gonna Get Over You” and “Being In Love Ain’t Easy,” both from their self-titled debut album, reached the national Top 10, No. 8 and No. 10 respectively. But due to circumstances beyond their control, they were not able sustain, which is a pity. Sweet Obsession’s light didn’t stay on long, but it shined brightly. We wanted so much more, but thank God for what we did get!

However, it would be unfair to put Summer in a “Disco Only” box. She proved on many occasions to be masterful at delivering ballads, be they contemporary or standards. Those performances are to be found on some her albums, most notably “Live and More.” LADONNA ADRIAN GAINES was born on Dec. 31, 1948 in Boston. Like so many African-American singers, she got her first experience singing in church, although she sought a career in secular music rather than gospel.

She also had acting aspirations. Interestingly, in the latter half of the 1960s she auditioned for what was to become one of the biggest musicals in Broadway history, “Hair,” but lost out to future star Melba Moore.

WHY IS THAT so many things have to be turned into reality TV shows? (I guess it comes under the heading of “Supply and Demand.”) It was disheartening to hear that the public will soon be introduced to a show called “The Houston Chronicles.”

Airing via the Lifetime Network, it will feature Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston; sisterin-law, Pat Houston; daughter, Bobbi Kristina; cousin, Dionne Warwick, and assorted others. Family members say it will be part of the “healing process” and will “help keep the family together.” Maybe so, but we also see a certain amount of “exploitation” lurking in the shadows.

Cissy Houston

However, when a cast was assembled for a European version of the show, Summer was offered the part. She accepted and moved to Germany, where she performed in a number of other stage productions as well. By the mid-1970s, Summer had returned to the states. It was while singing with the hit pop/rock band Three Dog Night that she met two producers who would prove to be essential to the advancement of her career, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte.

The man who is blessed with one of the finest, strongest and most identifiable voices known to mankind, has made such an enduring impact that he can count on large crowds for his concerts — with or without a current release.

It was they who produced the groundbreaking “Love to Love You Baby,” the first of many. To get the feel of the super-sexy song, Summer envisioned how it would sound if it was being sung by Marilyn Monroe.

If you look up “the best” in the dictionary, part Jeffrey Osborne of the definition might be “Jeffrey Osborne.”

Barbara Orto photo

JEFFREY OSBORNE, who performed recently at the Motor City Casino Sound Board, is one of those artists who could be described as “rock solid.”

AMAZINGLY, Samuel L. Jackson has made 111 movies! This guy never stops working and his age (64) is obviously not a factor. Entertainment Weekly magazine put the number of movies into perspective: It would take 7 days, 23 hours and 22 minutes to watch all of his films nonstop.

Samuel L. Jackson

Unexpected duets are always fun (well, usually). There is talk of Lionel Richie and Kid Rock getting together to do a remake of the Commodores hit “Brick House.”

R. Kelly has an album coming out next month titled “Write Me Back.” Also, his autobiography, rather cleverly titled “Soula Coaster,” will be published simultaneously. It’s nice to do things to help others, but it seems a bit much that actress Tisha CampbellMartin (married to actor Duane Martin) is selling her wedding gown to raise money for New Life Leadership Academy. BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW...that in 1975, singer Adam Wade become the first AfricanAmerican to host a nationally televised game

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ALTHOUGH SHE was firmly established as the Queen of Disco, with no viable challengers, Summer surprised people in 1979 with the danceable but decidely rock-edged “Hot Stuff,” one of several of her singles that reached No. 1 on the national charts. The song, in fact, earned Summer a Grammy in the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance category. It was a harbinger of things to come because not much more time would pass before the popularity of disco would wane, although “dance music” will always be here. “The Wanderer” from 1980 sounded unlike anything Summer had ever recorded before (or anyone else for that matter). “Rock/pop” might be the best terminology.

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Her biggest hits are the very

essence of disco....however, it would be unfair to put Summer in a “Disco Only” box. She proved on many occasions to be masterful at delivering ballads, be they contemporary or standards.



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Art catches some air

DIA ‘Inside/Out’ exhibit reproductions will grace Mackinac Island this summer By C.L. Price Master planners meet master artists — and mingle. That’s the direction of the DIA’s ambitious plan to introduce unprecedented open air art exhibits to targeted greater metro Detroit communities, including Mackinac Island, beginning this month. The campaign, named Inside/Out, brings reproductions of paintings from the DIA’s stellar collection to streets and parks across Michigan, allowing local residents to connect with the work of master artists outside in a less intimidating environment than the DIA’s museum walls, in a grand, open-air gallery sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation. “Inside/Out” began last year and was so popular the DIA expanded its scope. Nine reproductions will be on view within walking or bike-riding distance on the grounds of Grand Hotel and Marquette Park near the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum through September. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is sponsoring the program. “We’re delighted to debut ‘Inside/ Out’ on Mackinac Island this year,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “The

program has been immensely popular in metro Detroit, and we’re excited to share it with northern Michigan residents and summer visitors to Mackinac Island.” The names of the reproductions and their locations are featured on a downloadable map on the DIA’s website, www.dia.org/insideout. The works are reproductions of some of the DIA’s most popular masterpieces, such as Claude Monet’s “Gladioli” and Vincent van Gogh’s “The Postman.” “Insid/|Out” is currently installed in 11 metro Detroit communities, where the reproductions are on view until June 30. Each community has seven to ten works clustered within its downtown area. Participating communities plan activities centered around their “Inside/Out” works. Previous events have included a wine-tasting bus tour, bike and walking tours and talks at local libraries. “Inside/Out” will be on view during the 2012 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference, May 2931. For more information about local “Inside/Out” events and installation photos, please visit the “Inside/Out” Facebook page, http://www.facebook. com/dia.insideout.

Donna Summer

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Quincy Jones produced one of Donna Summer’s most outstanding recordings in 1982, “State of Independence.” It was a huge, lavish production, with Summer accompanied by what sounded like a 300-member choir. Its moderate showing on the charts was an indication that it may have been a bit too “artsy” for much of the public and for many radio programmers. In 1983 Summer had one of her biggest hits, “She Works Hard For The Money,” which reached No. 3 on the national Pop charts and No. 1 on the R&B charts.

cert, doing just a few lines of the songs and certainly leaving out the moans and groans. The twice married Summer, mother of three daughters, released an album in 2008 titled “Crayons” that proved that she was very much a contemporary artist rather than an “oldie but goodie.” She also made a guest star appearance on “American Idol” around that time. In the mid-1980s Sum­ mer became a born-again Christian and as such greatly condensed “Love to Love You Baby” in con-

The impact of Donna Summer is deeply embedded and, fortunately, her recordings are easily obtained.




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show. The show, “Musical Chairs,” aired on CBS. MEMORIES: “Everything I Miss at Home” (Cherrelle), “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)” (Kim Weston), “Stop to Love” (Luther Vandross), “Careless Whisper” (Wham! featuring George Michael), “It’s All in the Game” (Tommy Edwards), “Don’t Stop the Music” (Yarbrough & Peoples), “Ms.” (David Oliver), “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)” (Freddie Jackson), “Sweet Baby” (Stanley Clarke and George Duke).

BLESSINGS to Reuben Yabuku, William Andrews Jr., Gerald W. Smith, Jasmine DuBois, Lori Euseary, Luther Keith, Ann Jamerson, Earline Franklin, Lois Reeves and Rogers Foster. WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Marianne Williamson: “You can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what’s wrong in your life or you can focus on what’s right.” Let the music play! (Steve Holsey can be reached at Svh517@aol.com and PO Box 02843, Detroit, MI 48202.)

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Directory of Religious Services To Be Listed Contact Linda Moragne, 963-5522, Ext. 242



Allen Temple AME

9:30AM & 11AM

4101 Helen Street

(313) 922-7492

Rev. Darren K. Penson

Greater Mt. View Missionary Baptist


4211 Mt. Elliott

(313) 924-2500

Pastor Edward Smith

Baber Memorial AME


15045 Burt Rd.

(313) 255-9895

Rev. Larry L. Simmons

Greater Mt. Zion Baptist


15600 Evanston

(313) 839-9842

Pastor R. A. Hill

Bethel AME


5050 St. Antoine

(313) 831-8810

Rev. David R. Jarrett

Greater New Light Baptist


8641 Linwood

(313) 894-2390

Dr. David W. Roquemore

Bethel AME (Ann Arbor)

7:45AM & 10:45AM

900 John A Woods Dr.

(734) 663-3800

Rev. Joseph Cousin

Greater New Mt. Moriah Baptist

7:45AM & 10:30AM

586 Owen

(313) 871-8025

Rev. Kenneth J. Flowers

Brown Chapel AME (Ypsilanti)

8AM & 11AM

1043 W. Michigan Ave

(734) 482-7050

Pastor Jerry Hatter

Greater Olivet Missionary Baptist Church

10AM & 11:30AM

20201 Southfield

(313) 592-4114

Rev. Clifford L. Jackson, III

Community AME (Ecorse)

9:30AM &11AM

4010 17th Street

(313) 386-4340

Rev. Gilbert Morgan

Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist


557 Benton St.

(313) 831-6466

Rev. Mark Gray

Ebenezer AME

7:30AM & 10:30AM

5151 W. Chicago

(313) 933-6943

Rev. Byron Moore

Greater Ship of Zion Missionary Baptist


8440 Joy Rd.

(313) 933-7367

Rev. McKinley Graddick, Jr.

Emmanuel Grace AME (formely Grace Chapel AME)


490 Conner Ave.

(313) 821-0181

Pastor Karen Jones Goodson

Greater St. John Baptist


7433 Northfield

(313) 895-7555

Pastor William Mebane II

Greater Quinn AME


13501 Rosa Parks Blvd.

(313) 867-8380

Rev. Daniel J. Reid

Greater Tree of Life Missionary Baptist


1761 Sheridan

(313) 925-1450

Rev. Latham Donald Sr.

Gregg Memorial AME


10120 Plymouth Rd.

(313) 491-1704

Dr. Charles Fontaine Macon

Hartford Memorial Baptist

7:30AM & 11AM

18700 James Couzens

(313) 861-1285

Dr. Charles G. Adams

Mitcham Chapel AME (Royal Oak)


4207 W. 14 Mile Rd.

(248) 356-5292

Rev. Barbara J. Anthony

Historic St. James M.B.C.


19400 Evergreen

(313) 534-3000

Rev. Argustus C. Williams

Mt. Calvary AME


1800 E. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 892-0042

Rev. Ernest L. Evans

Holy Cross Missionary Baptist

8AM & 11AM

6220 Linwood Ave.

(313) 894-1350

Rev. Lorenzo Edwards, Sr.

New St. James AME


9321 Rosa Parks Blvd

(313) 867-2851

Rev. Minnie Autry

Holy Hope Heritage Church Baptist

8AM & 10:45 AM

18641 Wyoming

(313) 861-5005

Dr. William Revely, Jr

Newman AME (Pontiac)


233 Bagley St.

(248) 332-2800

Rev. Alfred E. Johnson

House of Mercy


5203 St. Aubin

(313) 923-6395

Rev. Robert W. Wright, Jr.

Oak Grove AME

8AM & 11AM

19801 Cherrylawn

(313) 341-8877

Rev. Dr. Robert Brumfield

Imani Missionary Baptist


13641 W. Eight Mile

(313) 341-9556

Rev. J.K. Jackson

Pleasant Valley AME (Belleville)


45620 Victoria Ave.

(313) 461-1303

Rev. Paul Mugala

Israel Baptist

10:45 AM

3748 E. Forest Ave.

(313) 922-2633

Rev. Edward L McCree Jr.

Ruth Chapel AME


5353 Baldwin

(313) 267-9002

Rev. Diane Chappelle

Jamison Temple Missionary Baptist

11 AM

12530 Mack Ave.

(313) 821-5958

Rev. Homer & Evang. Royal Jamison

Saunders Memorial AME


3542 Pennsylvania

(313) 921-8111

Rev. Dwayne A. Gary

Jude Missionary Baptist


9036 Van Dyke

(313) 925-9330

Rev. Sylvester F. Harris, Sr.

Smith Chapel AME (Inkster)


3505 Walnut

(313) 561-2837

Rev. Dr. Cecilia Green-Bar

Kadesh Missionary Baptist

8AM & 11AM

20361 Plymouth Rd.

(313) 534-5382

Rev. Dr. Gregory L. Foster, Sr.

St. Andrew AME

9:30AM & 11AM

12517 Linwood

(313) 868-3156

Rev. Kenneth Boyd

King David M.B.C. of Detroit


18001 Sunset

(313) 891-4160

Pastor Sterling H. Brewer

St. Luke AME


363 LaBelle

(313) 868-7707

Rev. Robert Addison Blake

Leland Missionary Baptist

8AM & 11AM

22420 Fenkell Ave.

(313) 538-7077

Rev. C.A. Poe, Ph.D

St. Luke AME (Roseville)


17805 Oakdale Street

(586) 445-8350

Rev. Betty Middlebrook

Liberty Temple Baptist Church

7:45AM & 10:45AM

17188 Greenfield

(313) 837-6331

Rev. Dr. Steve Bland, Jr.

St. John AME (River Rouge)

10:45 AM

505 Beechwood

(313) 386-2288

Rev. Gerald D. Cardwell

Macedonia Missionary Baptist (Pontiac)

7:30 AM & 10AM

512 Pearsall St.

(248) 335-2298

Rev. Terrance J. Gowdy

St. Matthew AME

11 AM

9746 Petoskey

(313) 894-3633

Rev. Gloria Clark

Mark’s Tabernacle Missionary Baptist


15757 Wyoming

(313) 863-8090

Pastor J. Leonard Jones

St. Paul AME (Detroit)

10 AM

2260 Hunt St.

(313) 567-9643

Rev. Andre L. Spivey

Martin Evans Baptist Church


11025 Gratiot

(313) 526-0328

Rev. Thermon Bradfield, Pastor

St. Paul AME (Southwest)

9:30AM & 11AM

579 S. Rademacher

(313) 843-8090

Rev. Jeffrey Baker

Messiah Baptist


8100 W. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 864-3337

Pastor Orville K. Littlejohn

St. Peter AME


948 Watling Blvd.

Rev. Kim Howard

Metropolitan Baptist


13110 14th Street

(313) 869-6676

Rev. Dr. Charles Clark, Jr.

St Stephen AME


6000 John E. Hunter Drive

(313) 895-4800

Dr. Michael A. Cousin

Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist


4741-43 Iroquois

(313) 924-6090

Trinty AME


6516 16TH St.

(313) 897-4320

Rev. Dr. Alice Patterson

Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist


7432 Oakland Ave.

(313) 872-4630

Vernon Chapel AME


18500 Norwood St.

(313) 893-5275

Rev. Larry James Bell

Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist


8944 Mack Ave

(313) 571-0041

Pastor Henry Crenshaw

Vinson Chapel AME (Clinton Twp.)


22435 Quinn Rd

(586) 792-2130

Rev. Arnita Traylor

Mt. Olive Baptist


9760 Woodward Ave.

(313) 871-5854

Rev. Harold H. Cadwell, Jr.

Visitor’s Chapel AME


4519 Magnolia Street

(313) 898-2510

Rev. Anita McCants

Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist

8AM & 10AM

21150 Moross Rd.

(313) 884-6648

Pastor James Minnick

Mt. Valley Missionary Baptist

9:30AM & 11AM

14718 Fenkell

(313) 272-0428

Dr. E. C. Garrison

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist (Ecorse)

7:30AM & 10:50AM

3936 12th St.

(313) 383-1069

Rev. Damon Pierson

Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church


901 Melbourne

(313) 871-6509

Rev. Oscar A. E. Hayes

(313) 894-5788

Rev. Robert Smith Jr.


Rev. Marvin Youmans

Clinton Chapel AME Zion


3401 23rd Street

(313) 897-5866

Pastor Ronald L. Bailey

New Bethel Baptist

7:30AM & 10:45AM

8430 C. L. Franklin Blvd.

Greater St. Peters AME Zion


4400 Mt. Elliott

(313) 923-3161

Rev. Anthony Johnson

New Bethlehem Baptist

9:15AM & 10:45AM

19018 Hawthorne

(313) 366-1872

Lomax Temple AME Zion

8AM & 11AM

17441 Dequindre

(313) 893-1463

Rev. Brian Relford

New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist


3061 Ewald Circle

(313) 931-0559

Metropolitan AME Zion


17816 Woodward

(313) 869-5150

Rev. George A. Stewart

New Birth Baptist Church

8AM & 11AM

27628 Avondale

(313) 563-1705

Rev. Joseph A. Stephens

St. Paul AME Zion


11359 Dexter

(313) 933-1822

Rev. Eleazar Merriweather

New Calvary Baptist


3975 Concord St.

(313) 923-1600

Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors

St. Peter AME Zion


3056 Yemans

(313) 875-3877

Rev. Michael Nelson

New Faith Baptist Church



(313) 533-0679

Rev. McKinley A. Williams

John Wesley AME Zion (Southfield)

7:30AM & 10:45AM

28001 Evergreen

(248) 358-9307

Rev. Al Hamilton

New Greater Christ Baptist


13031 Charlevoix

(313) 331-2386

Rev. Dr. William O. Thompson

New Greater Oregon St. John


8010 Manor

(313) 931-1850

Rev. Robert L. Sykes

New Heritage Baptist


11226 E. Jefferson Ave.

(313) 837-4912

Rev. Jobe C. Hughley

New Jerusalem Temple Baptist


17330 Fenkell

(313) 836-8970

Rev. Lawrence J. London

New Liberty Baptist Church

8AM & 11AM

2965 Meldrum

(313) 921-0118

Rev. Dr. Maurice Strimage, Jr., Pastor Rev. Billy J. Hales


Rev. Arthur L. Turner

Abundant Life A.O.H. Church of God


437 S. Livernois

(313) 843-4339

Rev. Charles A. Bailey

New Life Community Church (Romulus)


35761 Van Born Rd

(734) 968-0105

Aimwell Apostolic Church


5632 Montclair

(313) 922-3591

Elder H. Seals

New Life MBC of Detroit


8300 Van Dyke

(313) 923-3111

Pastor Edison Ester, Jr.

Apostolic Church of God In Christ


5296 Tireman

(313) 894-2522

Rev. Gilbert Allen

New Light Baptist

10:45 AM

5240 W. Chicago

(313) 931-1111

Rev. Frederick L. Brown, Sr., Pastor

Apostolic Faith Temple


4735 W. Fort Street

(313) 843-3660

Bishop Lambert Gates

New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist


13100 Woodward Ave.

(313) 869-0190

Rev. Dr. Jerome Kirby

Apostolic Temple


5201 French Rd.

(313) 826-6487

Bishop Derrick C. McKinney

New Mt. Pleasant Baptist


2127 East Canfield

(313) 831-4669

Rev. Willie Smith

Bethel Christian Ministries (Oak Park)


13500 Oak Park Blvd.

(248) 424-5584

Bishop Donald E. Burwell

New Mt. Vernon Baptist


521 Meadowbrook

(313) 331-6146

Rev. Dr. Edward R. Knox

Bethel Church of the Apostolic Faith


3381 Mack Ave.

(313) 579-2765

Elder John M. Lucas

New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist

10:45 AM

2201 Elmhurst

(313) 868-7240

Rev. Jimmie T. Wafer

Bethlehem Temple


16238 Joy Road

(313) 273-5699

Elder Samuel Hemmingway

New Prospect Missionary Baptist

7:30AM & 11AM

6330 Pembroke

(313) 341-4883

Rev. Dr. Wilma R. Johnson

Bethlehem Temple Church of Detroit

12 Noon

5594 Pennsylvania St.

(313) 923-4860

Pastor Brenda Waller

New Providence Baptist

8AM & 11AM

18211 Plymouth

(313) 837-0818

Rev. Everett N. Jennings

Calvary Apostolic Ministries (Southfield)


18347 W. McNichols

(313) 541-8728

Elder William E. Watson II

New Resurrection Missionary Baptist


7718 W. McNichols

(313) 862-3466

Rev. Arthur Caldwell III

Christ Temple Apostolic Church (Westland)


29124 Eton St.

(734) 326-3833

District Elder Luke A. McClendon

New Salem Baptist


2222 Illinois St.

(313) 833-0640

Rev. Kevin H. Johnson, Pastor

Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Inc.


3907 30th Street

(313) 897-6132

Bishop James Garrett

New St. Mark Baptist

7:30AM & 10AM

24331 W. 8 Mile Rd.

(313) 541-3846

Rev. Larry Smith

Christ Temple, City of Refuge (Inkster)

12 Noon

27741 Carlysle

(313) 278-8282

Elder L. C. Barnes, Jr.

New St. Paul Baptist


2101 Lakewood

(313) 824-2060

Rev. Tolan J. Morgan

Clinton Street Greater Bethlehem Temple

12 Noon

2900 W. Chicago Blvd.

(313) 361-1110

Bishop Shedrick L. Clark, Sr.

New St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist


1600 Pingree

(313) 871-6969

Rev. Walter K. Cheeks

Corinthian Apostolic Faith


19638 Plymouth Rd.

(313) 836-0380

Elder Benjamin S. Hoke, Sr.

Northwest Unity Missionary


8345 Ellsworth

(313) 863-8820

Rev. Dr. Oscar W. King III

Deliverance Temple of Faith Ministries


9600 Woodlawn

(313) 923-3545

Elder Gary R. Gay, Sr.

Oasis of Hope


933 W. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 891-2645

Pastor Claude Allen May

Faith Reconciliation Tabernacle Center Inc.


16599 Meyers

(313) 345-3849

Pastor Ray Johnson

Overcomers Evangel Missionary Baptist


20045 James Couzens Hwy. (313) 861-9144

Rev. C. Kenneth Dexter

Family Worship Center (Ecorse)

9:30AM & 11AM

4411 Fifth Street

(313) 381-9860

Pastor Tommy L. Lyons

Peace Missionary Baptist


13450 Goddard

(313) 368-2304

Rev. David L. Jefferson, Sr.

First United Church of Jesus Christ


8061 Joy Rd.

(313) 834-8811

Bishop Cleven L. Jones, Sr.

Pilgrim Star Missionary Baptist Church

12 Noon

5619 14th Street

(313) 361-2542

Pastor Billy Hall

Grace Christian Church

11AM & 7PM

16001 W. 7 Mile Rd.

(313) 272-6111

Elder Billy Owens

Pine Grove Baptist


1833 S. Electric

(313) 381-7882

Rev. Debirley Porter

Greater Christ Temple (Ferndale)


210 Hilton Rd.

(248) 414-3700

Presiding Bishop Carl E. Holland

Pleasant Grove MBC

8AM & 10:45AM

13651 Dequindre

(313) 868-8144

Pastor Louis Forsythe II

Greater Grace Temple

7:30AM & 11AM

23500 W. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 543-6000

Bishop Charles Haywood Ellis III

Greater Grace Temple O.G.H.M. (Taylor)


24111 Koths

(313) 295-4472

Suff. Bishop Gary Harper

Renaissance Baptist 10:30AM 1045 East Grand Blvd. (313) 922-7287

Rev. Edwin H. Holmes, Pastor Rev. Dale Weathers, Assoc. Pastor

Greater Second Ebenezer Apostolic Faith

11:45 AM

14118 Rosa Parks Blvd.

(313) 869-7783

Pastor O.B. Mahone, Jr.

Rosedale Park Baptist


14179 Evergreen

(313) 538-1180

Rev. Haman Cross, Jr.

Holy Temple

11:30 AM

8590 Esper Blvd

(313) 416-2166

Pastor Pamela Dixon

Russell Street Baptist


8700 Chrysler Fwy. Dr.

(313) 875-1615

Rev. Dee M. Coleman

Immanuel House of Prayer


147 E. Grand Blvd.

(313) 567-1871

Bishop Thomas L. Johnson, Sr.

Samaritan Missionary Baptist


8806 Mack Ave.

(313) 571-9797

Rev. Robert E. Starghill, Sr.

Independent Apostolic Assembly

10:30AM & 6:30PM

16111 W. Eight Mile

(313) 838-0456

Bishop Charles C. McRae III

Second Baptist Church of Detroit

8AM & 10:30AM

441 Monroe Street

(313) 961-0920

Rev. Kevin M. Turman

Jesus Christ Apostolic


13341 Gratiot

(313) 371-8611

Pastor M. L. Jennings

Shady Grove Baptist

11 AM

2741 McDougall

(313) 923-1393

Pastor Roger Carson, Jr.

Mt. Sinai House of Prayer

11:30AM & 7PM

6462 Van Dyke

(313) 925-7050

Bishop Samuel Moore

Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church


12728 Grand River

(313) 491-3190

Dr. Charles E. Marshall Sr.

New Greater Bethlehem Temple Community


3763 16th Street

(313) 386-3055

Elder Anthony V. Price

Springhill Missionary Baptist

7:45AM & 11AM

21900 Middlebelt Rd.

(248) 306-5450

Rev. Ronald Garfield Arthur

New Liberty Apostolic Faith


8425 Fenkell Ave.

(313) 342-2423

Bishop G.M. Boone D.D.

St. Bartholomew - St Rita

Sat. 4PM | Sun. 9AM &11AM

2291 E. Outer Drive

(313) 892-1446

Rev. Ronald A. Borg

New Life Assembly (Southfield)


27800 Southfield Rd.

(248) 851-3189

Elder Ronald B. Dalton

St. James Missionary Baptist


9912 Kercheval

(313) 822-9322

Pastor Karl Reid

New Mt. Olives Apostolic Faith


2676 Hendrie

(313) 337-2027

Dr. Jeffrey I. Harris

St. Luke of Detroit


11832 Petoskey

(313) 912-6270

Bishop Chris C. Gardner III

Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ (Eastpointe)


16226 E. Nine Mile

(586) 772-2336

Pastor Keith L. Spiller, Sr.

St. Matthew Missionary Baptist

8AM & 11AM

13500 Wyoming

(313) 933-3722

Rev. David L. Lewis

Pentecostal Temple


750 Alter Rd.

(313) 824-8437

Bishop Dr. Charles M. Laster

St Missionary Baptist Church


9212 Kercheval

(313) 372-5426

Rev David L. Brown

Solomon’s Cathedral C.O.O.L.J. of the Apostolic Faith Inc.


19538 Schoolcraft

(313) 273-2992

Bishop Anthony David Crawford

St. Phillip’s Baptist MBC

9:30AM & 11:30AM

7307 Livernois

(313) 894-8123

Rev. Alvin D. Hodges, Sr.

St. Paul Apostolic Temple


17400 Manderson

(313) 861-2784

Bishop Benjamin S. Hoke

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist

8AM & 11AM

2080 W. Grand Blvd.

(313) 898-3325

Rev Nathan Johnson

True Light Temple


8730 Harper

(313) 922-4500

Elder Michael Mitchell

Temple of Faith Baptist


14834 Coram Ave.

(313) 526-1400

Rev. Alan J. Jones

True Worship Church


803 Cottrell

(313) 834-1697

Pastor Lovell Cannon Jr.

Tennessee Missianary Baptist


2100 Fischer

(313) 823-4850

Rev. Milbrun L. Pearson, II

Unity Temple of the Apostolic Faith


17376 Wyoming Ave.

(313) 862-3700

Pastor Steven Staten

Thankful Missionary Baptist Church


2449 Carpenter St.

(313) 365-5519

Rev. Charles Hubbert

Word of Life Temple of Jesus Christ


19391 Conant

(313) 368-8630

Bishop Carl Noble, Sr., Pastor

The Calvary Baptist Church

7:45AM & 10:45AM

1000 Robert Bradby Drive

(313) 567-4575

Rev. Lawrence T. Foster

Zion Hill Church (Berkley)


3688 Twelve Mile Rd.

(248) 548-9466

Pastor Clarence Hawkins III

Third Baptist Church


582 East Ferry

(313) 874-4133

Rev. Fred L. Gilbert

Third New Hope Baptist Church

8AM/10AM & 12Noon

12850 Plymouth Rd.

(313) 491-7890

E. L. Branch, Senior Pastor

Triumph Missionary Baptist Church


2550 S. Liddesdale

(313) 386-8044

Rev. Solomon Kinloch, Jr.

True Light Missionary Baptist


2504 Beniteau

(313) 822-3170

Rev. Alton M. Reid

True Love Missionary Baptist Church

7AM & 11:15AM

8200 Tireman

(313) 931-1177

Rev. Herbert B. Robinson, Jr.

BAPTIST Aijalon Baptist


6419 Beechwood

(313) 895-7283

Rev. Dr. Curtis C. Williams

Twelfth Street Missionary Baptist


1840 Midland

(313) 868-2659

Rev. Floyd A. Davis

Bethany Baptist Church


15122 W. Chicago Blvd.

(313) 836-7667

Rev. Dr. Samuel H. Bullock, Jr.

Union Baptist


1754 E. Grand Blvd.

(313) 922-2557

Rev. Patrick L. Franklin

Bethel Baptist Church East

7:30AM & 10:45AM

5715-33 Holcomb

(313) 923-3060

Dr. Michael Andrew Owens

Union Grace Missionary Baptist


2550 W. Grand Blvd.

(313) 894-2500

Rev. Reginald E. Smith

Bethesda Missionary


8801 David St.

(313) 571-0095

Pastor Edward Holly

Union Second Baptist (River Rouge)


459 Beechwood St.

(313) 383-5559

Rev. Kenneth L. Brown

Beulah Missionary Baptist (Westland)


5651 Middlebelt

(734) 595-6146

Rev. Kenneth C. Pierce

United Missionary Baptist (Pontiac)


471 S. Boulevard

(248) 332-8917

Pastor Wardell Milton

Central Institutional M.B.C


15170 Archdale

(313) 836-2933

Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith

United Prayer Temple Baptist Church


15003 Fairfield

(313) 342-4011

Rev. Anthony L. Caudle, Sr.

Chapel Hill Baptist

7:45AM & 10:45AM

5000 Joy Road

(313) 931-6805

Rev. Dr. R. LaMont Smith II

Victory Fellowship Baptist Church


17401 East Warren Ave.

(313) 886-3541

Rev. Darryl S. Gaddy Sr.

Christ Cathedral Baptist


6115 Hartford

(313) 895-1999

Rev. George R. Williams, Jr.

Warren Ave. Missionary Baptist

7:30AM & 10:30AM

1042-44 East Warren Ave.

(313) 831-5990

Rev. Bernard Smith

Christ Reformed Baptist

11 AM

13576 Lesure

(313) 836-8507

Rev. Willie Williams

Williams Chapel Missionary Baptist


3100 Elmwood

(313) 579-0875

Rev. James C. Jones

Christian Chapel Community Baptist


22930 Chippewa

(248) 624-7675

Rev. George B. Glass, Jr.

Wings of Love Baptist


17133 John R.

(313) 867-7411

Rev. Alvin E. Jackson

Christ’s Mission Missionary Baptist


3712 Preston

(313) 579-9590

Rev. Howard R. Ramsey

Zion Hope Missionary Baptist

7:30AM & 10:45AM

4800 Van Dyke

(313) 921-3967

Rev. Curtis R. Grant Jr.

Christland Missionary Baptist


12833 Puritan

(313) 341-0366

Rev. Allen O. Langford

Zion Hill Baptist Church


12017 Dickerson

Church of God Baptist

11 AM

12000 Grand River

(313) 834-1265

Rev. Clifford D. Burrell, M. DIV.

Zion Progress Baptist

11:00 AM

Church of the New Covenant Baptist


3426 Puritan Ave.

(313) 864-6480

Rev. Brian Martin Ellison

Church of Our Faith


2561 Beniteau

(313) 821-3627

Rev. William Anderson

Church of Our Father MBC

8AM & 10:45AM

5333 E. 7 Mile

(313) 891-7626

Rev. Bernard Byles

Conventional Missionary Baptist


2255 Seminole

(313) 922-4010

Pastor Roderick L. Richardson

Christ the King


20800 Grand River

(313) 532-1211

Rev. Victor Clore

Corinthian BC (Hamtramck)

8AM & 10:45AM

1725 Caniff Street

(313) 868-7664

Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Jordan

Church of the Madonna


1125 Oakman Blvd.

(313) 868-4308

Msgr. Michael Le Fevre

Cosmopolitan Baptist


17131 St. Aubin

(313) 893-6163

Pastor Senoise Clemons, Jr.

Corpus Christi

9 AM

16000 Pembroke

(313) 272-0990

Rev. Donald Archambault

Dexter Avenue Baptist MBC

7:45AM & 10:45AM

13500 Dexter

(313) 869-4878

Rev. Ricardo Bartlett II

GESU Catholic Church

5PM Sat & 8 & 10:30AM Sun.

17180 Oak Drive

(313) 862-4400

Rev. R. Scullin, S.J.

El Bethel Missionary MBC

8AM, 10AM & 12NOON

25295 Grand River

(313) 532-7897

Lawrence C. Glass, Jr., Pastor

Good Shepherd Catholic


1265 Parkview

(313) 822-1262

Fr. Michael NKachukwu

Elim Baptist

11 AM

19333 Lahser Rd.

(313) 533-7285

Rev. Charles D. Oliver

Martyrs of Uganda

11AM-Sat. 9AM

7601 Rosa Parks Blvd.

(313) 896-2335

Fr. Tyrone Robinson

El-Shaddai Missionary Baptist (Ferndale)

8AM & 11AM

928 E. 10 Mile

(248) 548-5683

Rev. Benny Holmes

Our Lady of Good Counsel

Sun. 9:30AM - Sat. 4PM

17142 Rowe St.

(313) 372-1698

Rev. Robert J. Kotlarz

Elyton Missionary Baptist

8AM & 10:45AM

8903 St. Cyril

(313) 921-4072

Rev. John D. Kelly

Presentation/Our Lady of Victory


19760 Meyers Rd.

(313) 342-1333

Rev. Hubert Sanders

Emmanuel MBC


13230 W. McNichols

(313) 927-2627

Rev. Frederick Lee Brown, Sr.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

8AM /10AM

3451 Rivard St.

(313) 831-1356

Rev. Norman P. Thomas

First Baptist S.W.

8AM & 11AM

7642 Gould @ Crossley

(313) 841-4866

Rev. Garrund Woolridge

St. Aloysius Church

11:30AM - Sat. 4PM

1234 Washington Blvd.

(313) 237-5810

Fr. Mark Soehner, O.F.M.

First Baptist World Changers Int’l. Min.


22575 W. Eight Mile Rd.

(313) 255-0212

Pastor Lennell D. Caldwell

St. Augustine and St. Monica


4151 Seminole Street

(313) 921-4107

Rev. Daniel Trapp

First Greater St. Paul Baptist

8AM & 10:45AM

15325 Gratiot Avenue

(313) 839-4000

Dr. Ricardo Bartlett, Sr.

St. Cecilia

8:30AM & 10AM

10400 Stoepel

(313) 933-6788

Fr. Theodore Parker

First Baptist Institutional


17101 W. Seven Mile Rd.

(248) 470-6017

Rev. Ryan Johnson

St. Gerard

8AM /11AM/4PM Sat.

19800 Pembroke

(313) 537-5770

Rev. Donald Archambault

First Missionary Baptist (Ecorse)

7:30AM &10:45AM

3837 15th Street

(313) 381-2700

Rev. Alfred L. Davis Jr.

St. Gregory The Great


15031 Dexter

(313) 861-0363

Msgr. Michael Le Fevre

First Progressive Missionary Baptist

9:20AM & 11AM

10103 Gratiot

(313) 925-9377

Dr. R. W. McClendon

St. Luke

11:30 AM - Sat. 4PM

8017 Ohio Ave.

(313) 935-6161

Fr. Tyrone Robinson

First Union Missionary Baptist


5510 St. Aubin

(313) 571-3043

Rev. Frank J. Knolton

St. Matthew

10 AM - Sat. 4:30PM

6021 Whittier

(313) 884-4470

Rev. Duane R. Novelly

Flowery Mount Baptist


13603 Linwood

(313) 869-2567

Rev. Daniel Moore

St. Patrick


58 Parsons St.

(313) 833-0857

Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist (Westland)

8AM & 10AM

29066 Eton St.

(734) 721-2557

Rev. Dr. John E. Duckworth

St. Raymond Church

Sun. 11AM - Sat. 4:30PM

20103 Joann St.

(313) 577-0525

Fr. Robert Kotlavz

God’s House of Prayer Baptist

11AM & 4PM

3606 25th St.

(313) 894-6739

Rev. Michael L. Townsell

St. Rita

9AM & 11:30AM

1000 E. State Fair

(313) 366-2340

Fr. Tim Kane

Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist


20915 Evergreen Rd.

(248) 353-4368

St. Peter Claver Catholic Community

10AM Sun.

13305 Grove Ave.

(313) 342-5292

Rev. James O’Reilly, S.J.

Great Commission Baptist


19250 Riverview

(313) 255-7995

Rev. Al Bufkin

Sts. Peter & Paul (Jesuit)

11AM & 7:35 PM

438 St. Antoine

(313) 961-8077

Fr. Carl A. Bonk

Greater Burnette Baptist

8AM & 10:30AM & 6PM 16801 Schoolcraft

(313) 837-0032

Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Caldwell

St. Suzanne/Our Lady Gate of Heaven

Sat. 5:30PM - Sun. 9AM

19321 W. Chicago

(313) 838-6780

Fr. Robert McCabe

Greater Christ Baptist

8AM & 10:45AM

3544 Iroquois

(313) 924-6900

Rev. James C. Perkins

Greater Concord Missionary Baptist

9:30AM & 11AM

4500 East Davison Rd.

(313) 891-6800

Dr. Cullian W. Hill, Pastor

Greater Ephesian Baptist


9403 Oakland

(313) 867-3889

Rev. Jerry Lee James

Renaissance Christian Church


18101 James Couzens

(313) 341-7025

Rev. Antonio Harlan

Greater Macedonia Baptist


8200 Mack Ave.

(313) 923-5588

Rev. Wallace Bell

Serenity Christian Church


5801 E. 7 Mile

(313) 892-3550

Rev. John C. Harvey

7835 E. Layfayette

(313) 372-3987 (313) 331-8244

Rev. Dan Flowers Rev. Dr. Allyson Abrams



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May 23-29, 2012

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15001 Quincy

(313) 341-0524

Rev. Diane Beverly

Action Outreach Church

10AM & 11:30AM

12908 W. 7 Mile Rd.

(313) 345-3016

A.C. Goodman, Pastor

Carter Metropolitan CME


1510-12 W. Grand Blvd.

(313) 895-6744

Rev. Dr. Faith A. Allen

Almighty God Missionary Tabernacle


2708 Joseph Campau

(313) 921-0848

Rev. Dr. Minnie L. Lacy

Central CME


7600 Tireman

(313) 931-0592

Rev. Eduardo Spragg

Bible Standard Church of God


9600 Woodlawn

(313) 921-9741

Rev. Samuel Oree

Coggins Memorial CME


4900 Hurlbut

(313) 921-1565

Rev. Alexander Miner

Body of Christ International


11780 Ohio

(313) 491-2102

Bishop Kenneth L. Tate

Grace CME


642 W. McNichols

(313) 862-4774

Rev. John C. Clemons

Body of Christ Community of Faith


18100 Meyers Rd.

(313) 345-9106

Rev. Benjamin Prince

Greater New Bethany CME (Romulus)


35757 Vinewood

(313) 326-0210

Rev. Zachary E. Easterly

Bride Of Christ


12400 Kelly

(313) 371-3236

Rev. Bill McCullum

Hamlett Temple CME


13600 Wyoming

(313) 834-6598

Rev. Dr. Barbara Delaney

Calvary Church of Jesus Christ


6318 Varney

(313) 922-3877

Pastor L.C. Gray

Isom Memorial CME (Belleville)


23612 Sumpter Rd.

(734) 461-2200

Rev. Alena E. Zachery

Canton Christian Fellowship

8AM & 10:30AM

8775 Ronda Drive

(734) 404-2408

David Washington, Jr.

Missionary Temple CME


18134 Lumpkin

(313) 893-2685

Rev. Tyson Kelley

Cathedral of Faith


13925 Burt Rd.

(313) 533-9673

Rev. Lee A. Jackson

Peace CME


4613 Chene

(313) 832-5929

Rev. Odis Hunt

Cathedral of Hope


17561 Jos. Campau

(313) 366-4234

Rev. Robert Thomas, Sr.

Rosebrough Chapel CME

18618 Wyoming

(313) 861-8667

Rev. Donte’ Townsend

Christ Covenant Church

9:30AM & 11:30AM

10213 Hamilton Ave.

(313) 883-2203

Rev. Authur L. Gooden

St. John’s CME


8715 Woodward Ave.

(313) 872-5663

Rev. Joseph Gordon

Church of Universal Truth


13038 E. McNichols

(313) 371-4839

Rev. Adrian Harris

Womack Temple CME (Inkster)


28445 Cherry St.

(734) 326-4822

Rev. Robert L. Holt

Community Church of Christ


11811 Gratiot Ave.

(313) 839-7268

Pastor R. A. Cranford

Craig Memorial Tabernacle


14201 Puritan

(313) 838-4882

Bishop James L. Craig, Sr.

Deeper Life Gospel Center (Redford)


20601 Beech Daly

(313) 794-0975

Rev. Wade A. Bell, Sr.

CHURCH OF CHRIST Church of Christ of Conant Gardens


18460 Conant

(313) 893-2438

John H. Mayberry, Jr.

Deliverance Center


340 West Grand Blvd.

(313) 297-7773

Bishop Gregg A. Booker

Holy Redeemer Church of Christ

12NOON & 3PM

7145 Harper

(313) 342-7628

Bishop J. Hatcher

Dove Christian Center Church


4660 Military

(313) 361-Dove

Pastors Lucell & Marcella Trammer

New Cameron Ave. Church of Christ

11AM & 6PM

7825 Cameron

(313) 875-8132

Lucky Dawson, Minister

Eastside Church of God (Sanctified)


2900 Gratiot Ave.

(313) 567-7822

Bishop William K. Lane D.D.

Northwest Church of Christ


5151 Oakman Blvd.

(313) 834-0562

Patrick Medlock/Stanley Daniel

Family Victory Fellowship Church (Southfield)

8AM & 11AM

19421 W. 10 Mile Rd

(248) 354-1990

Pastor Larry T. Jordan

Westside Church of Christ

11AM & 5PM

6025 Woodrow

(313) 898-6121

Jerrold D. Mcullough, Minister

Fellowship Chapel, U.C.C.


7707 W. Outer Drive

(313) 347-2820

Rev. Wendell Anthony

Wyoming Church of Christ

9:15AM/10:30AM & 6PM 20131 Wyoming

(313) 345-6780

Dallas A. Walker Jr., Minster

Full Truth Fellowship Church


4458 Joy Rd.

(313) 896-0233

Rev. Darlene C.A. Franklin

Grace Out-Reach Ministry


15251 Harper

(313) 885-1927

Bishop J. Ward, Jr.

Greater Heritage of Christ Church

11:30 AM

19471 James Couzen

Rev. Tracy Lamont Bell

CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST All God’s People Ministries


7013 E. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 492-5009

Apostle W. J. Rideout III - Sr., Pastor

Greater Life Christian (Pontiac)


65 E. Huron

(313) 334-1166

Eld. Ellington L. Ellis, Senior Pastor

Anderson Memorial C.O.G.I.C.


17860 Jos. Campau

(313) 366-1407

Supt. Charles J. Johnson III

Hill’s Chapel


6100 Linwood

(313) 896-9460

Rev. V. Broadnax

Bailey Temple C.O.G.I.C.


5370 McKinley Ave.

(313) 898-7996

Elder Randall L. Greenwood

Interfaith Church


1923 23rd Street

(810) 985-5555

Rev. Link Howard III

Calvary C.O.G.I.C.


15025 Fenkell

(313) 836-6939

Elder David L. Wells

Lighthouse Cathedral

10:30AM & 12Noon

15940 Puritan Ave

(313) 273-1110

Bishop Charlie H. Green

Christian Gospel Center


19901 Kentucky

(313) 345-9160

Rev. Marcus R. Ways

Metropolitan Temple


20099 Fenkell

(313) 533-8063

Rev. Byron Ammons

Conquerors of Faith Ministries COGIC


13100 Puritan

(313) 862-5467

Pastor S.A. Moore

New Birth Church of Christ


8021 Linwood

(313) 897-1531

Rev. Keith Cooper

Covenant Missionary Temple (Roseville)

9:30AM & Sun. 11AM

28491 Utica Rd.

(810) 776-9235

Elder Jay L. Burns

New Foundation Christian Ctr.


7759 Fenkell

(313) 862-0657

Pastor Marshall Hall

East Grand Blvd. C.O.G.I.C.


1432 East Grand Blvd.

(313) 922-1464

Bishop Elton A. Lawrence

New Galilee Spiritual Church


8025 Harper St.

(313) 571-2108

Bishop M. J. Moore Sr.

East Side Unity C.O.G.I.C.


5357 Mt. Elliott

(313) 579-2353

Supt. Robert Butts Jr.

New Life! Christian Ministries, Inc.


2415 W. Forest Ave.

(313) 894-9394

Pastor Jacquelyn L. Rhodes

Encouragement Corner Ministries

9AM & 10:30AM

10330 Whittier

(313) 417-9430

Elder Howard L. Parker, Jr.

New Testament Worship Center


14451 Burt Rd.

(313) 592-8134

Pastors Samuel & Sarah Davis

Evangel Church of God in Christ


13318 Kercheval

(313) 824-4887

Supt. James Smith, Jr.

Perfecting the Saints of God Church


13803 Newbern

(313) 368-8973

Bishop W.E. Hollowell

Faith Clinic C.O.G.I.C.


12260 Camden

(313) 372-3429

Elder Zachary Hicks

Puritan Street Church of Christ


19451 Conant

(313) 893-2197

Pastor Mary R. Ealy

Faith Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C.

10:45AM & 6PM

23800 Lahser

(248) 357-3110

Elder Edward W. Lucas, D.D.

Restoration Christian Fellowship


22575 W. 8 Mile Rd.

(313) 255-0212

Pastor Paul Bersche

Fellowship C.O.G.I.C. (Ecorse)


3828 12th St.

(313) 381-6644

Rev. William Elum

Restoration International Christian Ministries


18140 Cornell Rd.

(248) 352-9256

Rev. Dr. Ronald F. Turner

Fenkell Gospel Temple C.O.G.I.C.


2600 Fenkell

(313) 862-4771

Elder Lavell Whitaker

Right Spirit Christian Church


16250 Northland Dr.

(313) 837-7510

Rev. Jacquelyn Willis

First Tabernacle of Detroit

8:30AM & 11AM

4801 Oakman Blvd.

(313) 935-PRAY

Supt. Alfred Knight Jr.

Shekinah Tabernacle Gospel Church


16900 W. Chicago

(313) 835-0283

Elder Risarg “Reggie” Huff

Healing Springs C.O.G.I.C.


10331 Dexter Ave.

(313) 813-8952

Rev. Joey Henderson

Glad Tidings C.O.G.I.C.

11:15 AM

625 E. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 366-4378

Elder Robert D. Taylor, Sr.

Shrine of the Black Madonna/ Pan African Orthodox Christian Church


7625 Linwood

(313) 875-9700

Cardinal Mbiyu Chui

Glory and Praise Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C

10AM & 11AM

16573 Meyers Rd.

(313) 862-7073

Pastor Krafus Walker

Spirit Filled Ministries


15100 Plymouth

(313) 272-3104

Pastor Thomasyne Petty Faulkner

Glory to Glory Temple C.O.G.I.C.


19309 Greenfield Rd.

(313) 477-0479

Pastor Tommy C. Vanover

St. Michael Church Guardian Angel

10AM & 11:30AM

12320 Woodrow Wilson

(313) 868-7166

Bishop James Williams

Greater Bethesda (Ecorse) C.O.G.I.C.


4670 9th Street

(313) 381-3810

Elder Sam Knolton, Sr.

Temple of St. Jude Spiritual

8AM & 11AM

8747 Fenkell

(313) 834-1650

Rev. Larry H. Williams

Greater Dequindre C.O.G.I.C.


1847 Sycamore

(313) 961-4842

Rev. Robert Bullard, Jr.

Greater Emmanuel Institutional C.O.G.I.C.

8:30AM & 11AM

19190 Schafer

(313) 864-7170

Supt. J. Drew Sheard

Greater Haven of Rest C.O.G.I.C.


16130 Woodbine

(313) Jesus-29

Supt. R. K. Benson

Greater Love Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C.


17617 Plymouth Rd.

(313) 835-8016

Bishop Clifford C. Dunlap

Greater Miller Memorial C.O.G.I.C. (Warren)

11AM & 6:30PM

4439 E. Nine Mile Rd.

(586) 757-6767

Bishop Earl J. Wright

Greater Mitchell Temple C.O.G.I.C.


13737 Curtis

(313) 345-9900

Bishop John H. Sheard

Greater Mt. Everett (Ferndale)

11AM & 7PM

631 E. 8 Mile Rd.

(248) 541-7200

Elder Jesse G. Bell

Greater Northwest C.O.G.I.C.


15811 Rosa Parks Blvd.

(313) 345-4676

Pastor Supt. Cleotis Wells

Greater Rock of Ages C.O.G.I.C.


9804 Conner Ave.

(313) 526-0482

Supt. Fred L. Mitchell Sr.

Hammond C.O.G.I.C.


8740 Puritan

(313) 861-9095

Victor G. Thompson, Pastor

Hill Memorial C.O.G.I.C.


5501 Chase Rd.

(313) 846-4674

Elder Michael Hill

Jones Memorial C.O.G.I.C.

11 AM

19200 Evergreen Rd.

(313) 534-2860

Elder Leon R. McPherson Sr.

(Kendall) The New Gospel Temple C.O.G.I.C.


16601 Tireman St.

(313) 581-4377

Pastor Gerald A. Echols Jr.

New Christ Temple C.O.G.I.C.


10001 Hayes

(313) 521-5426

Rev. Lorris Upshaw, Sr.

New Jerusalem C.O.G.I.C.


7361 Linwood Ave.

(313) 894-8816

Elder Darryl Clark

New Maclin Temple C.O.G.I.C.

10AM & 12 NOON

2255 E. Forest

(313) 831-7372

Elder James M. Maclin

New St. Paul Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C.

8AM & 10AM

15340 Southfield Dr.

(313) 835-5329

Bishop P.A. Brooks

Church of God of Baldwin


5540 Talbot

(313) 366-3190

Elder Gerald Williams

Redemptive Love Christian Center


12190 Conant Ave.

(313) 893-6275

Elder Kenneth J. Jenkins

El-Beth-El Temple


15801 Schaefer

(313) 835-3326

Elder Henry G. Sims Sr.

Rewarding Faith C.O.G.I.C.

8AM & 11AM

12935 Buena Vista Ave.

(313) 933-3000

Supt. Joseph W. Harris

God’s Way Cathedral (formely C.O.G.I.C.)


14820 Puritan St.

(313) 580-9103

Bishop Herbert A. Ross D.D.

Saints Liberty Life Steps Ministries (Pontiac)


340 East Pike St.

(248) 736-3207

Elder Andrew L. Jenkins Sr.

God’s Vineyard C.O.G.I.C. (Centerline)


8090 Theisen

(586) 755-8910

Bishop Carey Jackson Jr.

Seth Temple C.O.G.I.C.


9841 Dundee

(313) 931-1315

Elder Philip R. Jackson

Great Faith Ministries Int’l


10735 Grand River

(313) 491-1330

Bishop Wayne & Pastor Beverly Jackson

Shiloh Chapel C.O.G.I.C.

9AM & 11:30AM

14841 Eastburn Ave.

(313) 527-5400

Bishop Alfred M. Smith

Greater Faith Assembly


1330 Crane St.

(313) 821-5761

Bishop Raphael Williams Sr.

The Open Door C.O.G.I.C.


14900 E. 7 Mile Rd.

(313) 526-3460

Elder Alan R. Evans

Mt. Zion Church of Deliverance


2263 S. Fort St.

(313) 388-9867

Rev. Jewett B. Jackson

The Way of True Holiness C.O.G.I.C.


1901 Electric Ave.

(313) 383-3373

Elder Curtis Charles McDonald

New Jerusalem C.O.G.I.C.


7361 Linwood

(313) 894-8816

Elder Darryl Clark

The Word of Truth C.O.G.I.C. (Warren)

9AM &10:30 AM

7107 Rivard Ave.

(586) 754-9673

Dr. Robert E. Garner, Pastor

New Resurrection Faith Ministries Inc.


18614 Schoolcraft

(313) 836-8099

Bishop Merdith R. Bussell

Unity Fellowship C.O.G.I.C.

11AM & 6PM

17050 Joy Rd.

(313) 270-2000

Elder George W. Hutchinson, Sr.

Thomas Temple C.O.G.I.C.

11am & 5:30PM

14500 Grand River

(313) 835-3570

Bishop Frank Richard

Walk In The Spirit C.O.G.I.C.


11648 Whittier Ave.

(313) 371-4007

Elder Leon K. Shipman Sr.

True Testimonial of Jesus (Roseville)

11:30 AM

19200 Frazho

(810) 443-4999

Rev. Willie Moorer Jr.

Universal Church of the Living God

10AM & 11:15AM

3401 Grandy Ave.

(313) 259-0707

Bishop Earl Field, Sr.

World Deliverance Temple

8AM & 11AM

27355 Ann Arbor Trail

(313) 730-8900

Bishop Roy Ferguson

CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE New Hope Church of the Nazarene


7630 Southfield Rd.

(313) 633-0852

Transforming Love Community 10AM

Northwest Activities Center (313) 270-2325 Ballroom

Rev. Shaheerah Stephens

True Light Worship Center


8714 W. McNichols

(313) 864-1046

Rev. William H. Sanders

Unique Non-Complaining Church (Redford)

8AM & 12 Noon

26547 Grand River Ave.

(313) 794-5440

Pastor Charles E. Brooks Jr.

Universal Hagar’s Spiritual Temple #7

11AM & Fri. 6PM

13327 W. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 862-0363

Rev. Mother Cynthia Nelson

Universal Liberty In Christ Temple, Inc


7000 E. Canfield

(313) 923-5360

Rev. Ralph J. Boyd

Universal Life of Hope


15065 Grand River

(313) 836-2100

Rev. Dr. R. Hill

Universal Triumph the Dominion of God, Inc.


1651 Ferry Park

(313) 873-6591 Rev. Lord & Princess James Maggie Shaffer

Waterfall Bible Institute

6PM - 10PM

12040 Visger Rd.

(313) 382-0900

Rev. Dr. Emanuel Cain

St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthordox


(313) 533-3437

V. Rev. Fr. Leo Copacia



Pastor John O. Wright, Jr.



19125 Greenview

(313) 537-2590

Bushnell Congregational Church

10:30 AM

15000 Southfield Rd.

(313) 272-3550

Rev. Roy Isaac

Christ Presbyterian


23795 Civic Center Dr.

(248) 356-2635

First Congregational Church of Detroit


33 E. Forest

(313) 831-4080

Rev. Dr. Lottie Jones Hood

First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham

8:30AM & 10AM

1669 W. Maple

(248) 644-2040

Hope Presbyterian


15340 Meyers Rd.

(313) 861-2865

Rev. Raphael B. Francis

St. John’s Presbyterian, U.S.A.


1961 E. Lafayette Blvd.

(313) 567-0213

Rev. Johnie Bennett

Trinity Community Presbyterian U.S.A.

8:30AM & 11AM

4849 W. Outer Drive

(313) 342-2288

Rev. Edwin Fabré

Westminster Church for All People

8:30AM & 11AM

17567 Hubbell Ave.

(313) 341-2697

Rev. Neeta R. Nichols

Episcopal All Saints Episcopal


Cathedral Church of St. Paul Christ Church - Detroit

3837 W. Seven Mile

(313) 341-5320

Rev. C. Alfred Loua

7:30AM, 8:15AM & 10:30AM 4800 Woodward Ave

(313) 831-5000

Rev. Dr. S. Scott Hunter

8:15AM & 10:30AM

960 E. Jefferson

(313) 259-6688

Rev. John Talk

Grace Episcopal

8:30 & 11AM

1926 Virginia Park

(313) 895-6442

Supply Clergy

St. Christopher St. Paul’s Episcopal Church


20750 W. McNichols

(313) 538-2320

Rev. Deborah Semon Scott

St. Clement’s Episcopal (Inkster)

8AM & 10:30AM

4300 Harrison St.

(734) 728-0790

Rev. Ellis Clifton. Jr., Rector

St. Cyprian’s Episcopal


6114 28th St.

(313) 896-7515

Rev. Dr. Donald M. Lutas

St. Matthew’s & St. Joseph’s Episcopal

8AM & 11AM

8850 Woodward Ave.

(313) 871-4750

Rev. Shannon Brown -MacVean

St. Phillip & St. Stephen Episcopal


14225 Frankfort

(313) 822-7730

St. Timothy’s Episcopal


15820 Wyoming

(313) 341-1244

Calvary Presbyterian


(CUMBERLAND) PRESBYTERIAN St. Paul Cumberland Presbyterian


St. Peter’s Primitive


Church of the Living God /#37


2780 Packard Rd.

Supply Clergy

Abundant Life Full Gospel Worship Center


5619 Charles

(313) 366-0874

Pastors Roger & Mary Lewis

Crossroads Victory Full Gospel Cathedral

10:30AM & 11:30AM

9355 Greenfield

(313) 836-7260

Rev. Dr. Eileen V. Martin, Ph.D., Ed.D.

Heavenly Dimensions F.G.B.C.

10AM & 11AM

11731 Mt. Elliot

(313) 368-2925

Pastor Robert D. Lodge Jr.

Resurrection Ministries


4959 Martin

(313) 896-1708

Rev. William Goodman


17251 Jos Campau

(313) 893-9094

Rev. Walter L. Harris

3556 Dubois

(313) 831-2770

Elder Leroy Williams


5027 W. Boston

(313) 834-4770

Rev. Robert Morris


(734) 971-8317 Rev. Jeffery D. Harrold


(313) 834-2463



3841 Humphrey


Nardin Park Community New Beginnings Free Methodist (Ann Arbor)

Rev. Kevin R. Johnson

Burns Church of Seventh-Day Adventist

Sat. 11:00AM

10125 East Warren Ave

(313) 924-5535

Rev. Cory Jackson, Sr., Pastor

City Temple Seventh-Day Adventist

9:15AM & 11AM

8816 Grand River

(313) 897-0506

Leon J. Bryant, Pastor

Detroit Northwest Seventh-day Adventist Church

Sat. 9:45 & 11:15 AM

14301 Burt Rd

(313) 538-8190

Cory Jackson, Pastor

Ecorse Church of Seventh-Day Adventists

Sat. 9:15AM &10:45AM

3834 10th St.

(313) 928-9212

William Hughes, Pastor

Sharon Seventh-Day (Inkster)

Sat. 9:15AM & 11AM

28537 Cherry Street

(313) 722-2313

Philip Jones, Pastor

UNITARIAN-UNIVERSALIST First Unitarian Universalist Church


4605 Cass Ave.

(313) 833-9107

Rev. Roger Mohr

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church


23925 Northwestern Hwy.

(248) 354-4488

Rev. Kimi Riegel

Community Christian Fellowship


8131 E. Outer Drive

(313) 245-2925

Bishop Samuel A Wilson, Sr.

First Church of the Redeemed


9360 Van Dyke

(313) 923-6455

Min. Katherine M. Fitzgerald

For Such A Time As This Ministry


10630 Grand River

(313) 935-9992

Pastor Joyce Driver

Grace Community Church of Detroit

8AM & 11AM

20021 W. Chicago Rd.

(313) 273-0410

William A Harris, Minister

Mayflower Congregational Church


7301 Curtis

(313) 861-6450

Rev. J. Michael Curenton

People’s Community

7:30AM & 10:30AM

8601 Woodward Ave.

(313) 871-4676

Rev. Martin E. Bolton

St. John’s – St. Luke


2120 Russell

(313) 393-8168

Rev. J. Womack – Rev. L. Hawkins

Calvary United Methodist





15050 Hubbell

(313) 835-1317

Rev. Dr. Theodore L. Whitely, Sr.

Masjid Wali Muhammed (Jum’ah 1PM)

Ta’aleem Sunday 1PM

11529 Linwood

(313) 868-2131

Imam Salim MuMin

Cass Community United Methodist


3901 Cass Ave.

(313) 833-7730

Rev. Faith Fowler

Moorish Science Temple of America, Temple #25

2-4 Sun./7:30PM-10PM FRI.

5601 Grand River

(313) 894-8340

Minister Bro Craig P. Fuqua-Bey

Central United Methodist


23 E. Adams

(313) 965-5422

Rev. Edwin A. Rowe

Muhammad Mosque No. One

11AM Sun./ 8PM W&F

14880 Wyoming

(313) 931-4873

Minister Rasul Muhammad

Conant Avenue United Methodist


18600 Conant Ave.

(313) 891-7237

Rev. Dr. Darryl E. Totty

(The) Muslim Center (Jum’ah Prayer 1PM)

Ta’aleem 12NOON

1605 W. Davison Ave.

(313) 883-3330

Derrick Ali, Imam

Faith United Methodist (Oak Park)

9:30AM & 10AM

23880 Scotia

(248) 542-8861

Rev. Jonathan Combs

Henderson Memorial United Methodist


7520 Puritan

(313) 342-4020

Rev. Thomas Taylor

Hope United Methodist (Southfield)

7:30AM & 10:30AM

26275 Northwestern Hwy.

(248) 356-1020

Dr. Carlyle Fielding Stewart IIIs

Metropolitan United Methodist Church


8000 Woodward

(313) 875-7407

Rev. Tonya M. Amesen

LUTHERAN Cross of Glory Lutheran (ELCA)


16661 E. State Fair

(313) 839-5787

Pr. Michael Rothgery

Mt. Hope United Methodist


15400 E. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 371-8540

Rev. Henry Williams

Genesis Lutheran


7200 Mack

(313) 571-7371

no pastor at present time

People’s United Methodist


19370 Greenfield

(313) 342-7868

Rev. Carter A. Grimmett

Good Shepherd Lutheran (ELCA)


16100 Lawton St.

(313) 341-3978

no pastor at present time

Redford Aldergate United Methodist Church

9AM & 11:15AM

22400 Grand River

(313) 531-2210

Rev. Jeffrey S. Nelson

Gracious Saviour Lutheran (ELCA)


19484 James Couzens Hwy.

(313) 342-4950

no pastor at present time

Second Grace United Methodist

8AM & 11AM

18700 Joy Rd.

(313) 838-6475

Rev. Dr. Charles S. G. Boayue

Immanuel Lutheran (ELCA)

8AM & 11AM

13031 Chandler Park Dr.

(313) 821-2380

Pr. Patrick P. Gahagen

Scott Memorial United Methodist


15361 Plymouth

(313) 836-6301

Rev. Anthony Hood

Iroquois Ave Christ Lutheran (ELCA)


2411 Iroquois

(313) 921-2667

Pr. Maxcy Christmas

St. James United Methodist (Westland)


30055 Annapolis Rd.

(313) 729-1737

Rev. Willie F. Smith

Revelation Lutheran (ELCA)


6661 Oakman Blvd.

(313) 846-9910

Pr. Doris Harris Mars

St. Paul United Methodist


8701 W. Eight Mile Rd.

(313) 342-4656

Rev. Henry Williams

Salem Memorial Lutheran (ELCA)


21230 Moross

(313) 881-9201

Pr. Michael Johnson

St. Timothy United Methodist

8:30 AM & 11AM

15888 Archdale

(313) 837-4070

Dr. Lester Mangum

St. Andrew-Redeemer Lutheran (ELCA)


2261 Marquette St.

(313) 262-6143

Frank Jackson

Trinity Faith United Methodist


19750 W. McNichols

(313) 533-0101

Rev. Jan J. Brown

St. James Lutheran (ELCA)


14450 Ashton Road

(313) 838-3600

Pr. Michael Konow

John Wesley United Methodist (River Rouge)


555 Beechwood Street

(313) 928-0043

Rev. Rahim Shabazz

Spirit of Hope Lutheran (ELCA)


1519 Martin Luther King Blvd. (313) 964-3113

Pr. Matthew Bode Unity of Farmington Hills


32500 W. Thirteen Mile Rd.

(248) 737-9191

Rev. Barbara Clevenger

Detroit Unity Temple


17505 Second Blvd.

(313) 345-4848

Rev. John Considine

God Land Unity


22450 Schoolcraft

(313) 794-2800

Rev. Ron D. Coleman, Sr.



Divine Awareness Spiritual Temple of Truth

Sun. 4PM/Thur. 9PM

4088 Pasadena

(313) 491-1062

Rev. Jewell Stringer

Unity of Redford (Livonia)

5-6 PM

28660 Five Mile Rd.

(313) 272-7193

Rev. Josephine Furlow

Faith Universal Study Group


8033 Kercheval

(313) 393-5212

Rev. Gloria J. Fitchpritch

West Side Unity

9:30AM & 11AM

4727 Joy Rd.

(313) 895-1520

Rev. Charles G. Williams

St. Catherine Temple of Prophecy


12833 Linwood Ave.

(313) 868-5612

Rev. Vallerie Gray

The Order of the Fishermen Ministry


10025 Grand River Ave.

(313) 933-0770

Fisherman Earl “DOC” Savage

Vulcan Christian Ministries (Warren)


7447 Convention Blvd.

(810) 771-3257

Dr. Marjorie A. Lyda



8033 Kercheval

(313) 921-2950

Rev. Gloria J. Fitchpritch



May 23 - 29, 2012

Making home the heart of care

By Paul Bridgewater

patients. The results will evaluate the effectiveness of both improving care for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions and reducing costs.

May is Older Americans Month, and I am encouraged by changes at the federal level to support home and community services for our most vulnerable citizens – our elders.


Felecia Moses Oldham Services were held for Felecia Moses Oldham April 12 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Sterling L. Jones officiating. Mrs. Oldham,

For all of our history, the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) has advocated for underserved populations that often have higher rates of disease, fewer treatment options, and reduced access to care. Now, with healthcare reform, we are witnessing a transformation in the prevention and management of chronic disease – a shift that also requires patient participation and cooperation in treating chronic illnesses.

Thirty years have passed since the Home and Community Based Services waiver program was first enacted – a care system that aims to put people and their quality of life ahead of all else. During this time, the Detroit Area Agency on Aging has piloted and administered programs that have provided home health care services to older adults and individuals with disabilities. We have always believed that older people can best retain their respect and dignity when they can be in their own homes and communities, rather than nursing facilities and other institutions.

Finally, providers and others are beginning to understand the profound impact of seeing health care “through the patient’s eyes.” From our perspective, this is a giant step toward improving opportunities for older Americans and people with disabilities to enjoy the fullest inclusion in the life of our nation.

Now, with the creation of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Obama administration is reinforcing this commitment by combining the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability, and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. By focusing on the unique needs of individual groups -- such as children with developmental disabilities or seniors with dementia – ACL will increase access to community supports for seniors and people with disabilities. According to Kathy Greenlee, who serves as both Administrator of the Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging, these supports will go beyond health care to include the availability of appropriate housing, employment, education, meaningful relationships and social participation.

Interested in advocating for older adults in Michigan? Be a part of “The Senior Wave” and join us on Wednesday, June 20, for Older Michiganians Day in the State Capitol. Transportation and lunch will be provided, but tickets are limited. For details, call Brian White, DAAA Public Policy Manager, at 313-446-4444, ext. 5276.

And here is more to support home care: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced new opportunities in Medicaid and Medicare that will allow people to more easily receive care and services in their homes, rather than being admitted to a hospital or nursing home. These new steps will come through a state plan option under Medicaid called the Community First Choice rule, part of the Affordable Care Act. In demonstration programs, primary care practices will be encouraged to provide home-based care to chronically ill Medicare

Need help with the everyday issues of older adults? Call for a free copy of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging Senior Solution Resource Guide at 313-446-4444, ext. 5816. The 80-page guide details agency services and lists dozens of local organizations also focused on senior issues. And, listen to THE SENIOR SOLUTION radio show at: 1:00 p.m., every Saturday, on WCHB 1200 AM and 99.9 FM.

Cell network security holes revealed, with an app to test your carrier Popular firewall technology designed to boost security on cellular networks can backfire, unwittingly revealing data that could help a hacker break into Facebook and Twitter accounts, a new study from the University of Michigan shows.

In their test, the researchers used a binary search process that can rule out half of the possible numbers at a time. In 32 rounds, which take just seconds to complete, this process guarantees that they’ll arrive at a valid number and get a packet through.

The researchers also developed an Android app that tells phone users when they’re on a vulnerable network. They will present their work May 22 at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in San Francisco.

Using Android smartphones, computer science associate professor Z. Morley Mao and doctoral student Zhiyun Qian revealed how an attacker could hijack a TCP Internet connection by taking advantage of publicly available information on smartphones; users’ willingness to download untrusted apps; and network firewall middleboxes, which block data bundles that don’t appear to be part of the flow of information traffic.

 The researchers detected these middleboxes on 32 percent of the nearly 150 networks they tested worldwide.

How does the attacker know he has succeeded? That’s where the Android spyware comes in (smartphone malware is already very popular, the researchers say, and it wouldn’t be hard for an attacker to add this capability into an existing program). The intelligence the spyware needs is not privileged information. It doesn’t need special administrator or root access. It would just read a couple of the phone’s publicly available incoming packet counters and let the attacker know when the counters advanced.

“Firewall middleboxes are supposed to protect against this kind of attack, but it turns out they do the opposite,” Qian said. “Most vendors and carriers that deploy such firewall middleboxes still believe they are safe and we want them to be aware of this design flaw.”

Armed with a valid sequence number, the hacker could spoof Facebook or Twitter’s HTTP (as opposed to the more secure HTTPS) web login page and gain the user’s passwords.

Middleboxes monitor the “sequence numbers” of data packets on their way to mobile devices. When you snap and share a photo with a friend, for example, it gets chopped into numerous packets before it’s sent across the network. Your friend’s smartphone looks to the sequence numbers to put the picture back together. Middleboxes could help hackers use the process of elimination to home in on a number in the right range.

The attack Qian and Mao propose illustrates a susceptibility in the so-called sandboxing safety mechanism that smartphone platforms utilize. Sandboxing isolates an app to a certain piece of memory, with the intention of protecting the rest of the phone from any tampering.

“An attacker can try to guess at sequence numbers. It’s usually hard to get feedback on whether a guessed number is correct, but the firewall middlebox makes this possible,” Qian said. “The attacker can try a range of sequence numbers. The firewall will only allow one through if it is in the valid range.”

“What’s surprising here is that this shows how malware can, in a sense, reach out of its sandbox and tamper with other legitimate apps such as your browser,” Qian said.

Interactive website helps parents keep teen drivers safe Nearly 30,000 parents around the state are using a free, interactive web resource that provides information and tools to help parents protect their teens while they gain experience driving without adult supervision.

 This online program—www.saferdrivingforteens.org—is presented by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the Michigan Department of Community Health through a grant from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 “Prom season and the end of the school year are an exciting time of year for teens, but it is also a time when they are likely to be driving more often and to a larger variety of destinations. The special celebrations and year-end activities offered by many schools and communities create more pressure for teens to drive at night and to give other teens rides,” said Ray Bingham, a research professor at UMTRI, as well as the U-M schools of medicine and public health.

 “Teen drivers are at greater risk in these situations compared to adults, due to their young age and inexperienced driving. The excitement and increased likelihood of exposure to alcohol and drugs that may accompany some celebrations add to teens’ risk. Many parents find that this is a good time to make extra effort to help their teen drivers stay safe.”

 The website features an easy-to-use, interactive parent-teen driving agreement called Checkpoints that helps clearly establish where and when teens can drive without adult supervision, and how teens can earn increased driving privileges. Because the agreement is interactive, parents

can use it now to establish driving privileges for prom and graduation season and revisit it as their teen gains driving experience. The website also includes information about Michigan’s driving laws for teens, and videos about using the agreement and talking with teens about driving. The Checkpoints parent-teen driving agreement was created by Bruce Simons-Morton of the National Institutes of Health and has been tested multiple times in several states, including Michigan. Teens whose parents use the agreement receive fewer tickets and report less risky driving behaviors (e.g., speeding, tailgating, turning fast, unsafe lane changes, cutting in front of other vehicles, going through yellow or red lights). Checkpoints: www.saferdrivingforteens.org

Small business owners are invited to attend the Verizon African American Small Business Empowerment Series, featuring exclusive content and vital business insights shared during an evening of demos, networking and presentations. Business and technology experts from Verizon Wireless and partnering companies will discuss how small businesses can leverage wireless solutions and the Internet to increase productivity, improve efficiency, and better manage customer relations to improve their bottom line.

Recently, the city received various grants to assist homeowners in saving their homes. The Detroit Non-Profit Housing Corporation was one of the selected agencies chosen to facilitate the qualifying and processing of grants for those who qualify. As a result, an expanded foreclosure prevention program— which services the entire state— will run through Nov. 30. The program is free, but is first come, first served.

She was born Jan. 15, 1959 and educated in the Detroit Public Schools System, and graduated from Kettering High School in 1978. She married Gregory Oldham on June 30, 1983. She was an active member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where she served in the Nurses Ministries II, the Adult Choir, senior and the Mass Choir. She is survived by her husband, Gregory; sons, Dennis Moses, Gregory Oldham and Devonte Oldham; grandsons, DeVaughn Oldham and Austin Moses; brothers, Fremon Moses, Reginald Moses and Clayton Moses; sister, Deblanche Moses; and many others. Interment was at Gethsemane Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Swanson Funeral Home.

Mary Shephard Services for Mary Shephard were held on Friday, May 4 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Sterling L. Jones officiating. Ms. Shephard 86, died April 28. Ms. Shephard was born October 31, 1925 in Detroit to James and Nannie Louise Ellis. Mary grew up in Detroit, and attended Russell Elementary and Miller High School. Although she loved school and had a passion for learning, Mary joined the workforce early in order to contribute financially to her family. In 1946 she married James Nicholas Shephard. Settling into her career, Mary worked at First National Bank in downtown Detroit for 17 ½ years, retiring in 1988. In the early 1970’s, she became a member of Mt. Zion, and served on Usher Board #2 for a number of years. In addition, she worked with the Women’s Day committee, and loved attending Bible class. Ms. Shephard enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and enjoyed traveling as well. Two of her favorite locations were Atlanta, Georgia, and Las Vegas. She is survived by her loving children: Sandra Ann, Cynthia Louise, James Luther, Stanley McKinley, and Jerome; 22 grandchildren, 41 greatgrandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Arrangements were handled by: James H. Cole Home For Funerals. Interment: Mount Hope Memorial Gardens, Livonia, MI



Call Avis Holmes at (313) 9721111 for more information.

Attendees will hear from Detroit native, Len Burnett, Co-CEO & Group Publisher, Uptown Media Group & Vibe Lifestyle Network, about keeping connected with customers in the digital age. The program will also feature hands-on demos of Verizon’s 4G LTE tablets and smartphones and solutions from other vendors. Presentations will include “Wireless Payment Solutions,” “Managing Your Brand Online,” “Apps to Help Grow your Business” and more. Dinner will be served.

53, died April 6.


Detroit Non-Profit Housing Corporation offers foreclosure prevention program

Verizon African American Small Business Empowerment Series comes to Detroit

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A Bid package may be picked up at the offices of the City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority (the ”DDA”), located at 500 Griswold Street, Suite 2200, Detroit Michigan, 48226 or via the internet at www.degc.org/rfp, beginning on __May 24, 2012. A mandatory pre-submittal conference will be held at the offices of the DDA offices on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM.


One attendee will also win a 4G LTE MiFi Jetpack and free service for one year from Verizon.

Bids will be received until 3:00 P.M. (EST) on Thursday, June 14, 2012, and will subsequently be evaluated to select the most responsive proposal.


Dinner will be served, but space is limited. Register at www.VerizonInsider.com/SmallBizSeries.



All Professional Property Management Companies submitting proposals must agree to comply with the requirements of Fair Employment Practices and the City of Detroit’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Ordinance, Tax Clearances and Human Rights requirements. No submittal may be withdrawn for at least 90 days after the actual opening of the proposal. The DDA reserves the right to waive any irregularity in any proposal or to reject any or all proposals should it be deemed in its best interest. If additional information is needed regarding this Bid, please contact Ms. Sandi Smith, Real Estate Manager - Project Management, at (313) 963-2940.

Make sure you’re talking to the right people. Speak with HUD-approved housing counselors, free of charge, at the Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline.

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NOTICE OF HEARINGS REGARDING MATTERS TO COME before the City Council of Detroit. Advertisements for bids and contracts for purchases by the City of Detroit appear daily in the Detroit Legal News. Copies are available at the City County Bldg. and at 2001 W. Lafayette, Detroit.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency on behalf of the Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne RESA School Foodservice Consortium (The MOR Consortium) is requesting proposal for: RFP: #12-008-256 Food and Nonfood Supplies Distribution, Storage and Management of Commodity, Commercial Pricing. Sealed bids are due by 12:30 PM localtime on June 11, 2012 to the purchasing office. All documentation for this bid is located on the Wayne RESA web site at: http://www/resa.net/services/purchasing/rfp

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS OF WEATHERIZATION CONTRACTORS FOR WAYNE METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM SERVING THE CITY OF DETROIT Prospective contractors may request a bid package be mailed to them from Laura Mann at 313-388-9799 or may pick up a package at 7100 E. Davison, Detroit, MI 48212, or may access the bid package on line at www.waynemetro.org. An optional Pre-Bid Conference will held at Focus Hope Conference Center, 1400 Oakman Blvd., Detroit MI 48238 on May 30, 2012, 10 a.m. during which all questions submitted in writing and those asked in person will be answered. Bid packages due: June 8, 2012 by 5:00 p.m. Deliver or mail sealed bids to: Wayne Metro CAA C/O PCC Center 7100 E. Davison Detroit, MI 48212 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Daily 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Clearly mark the envelope: WEATHERIZATION CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS RESPONSE & COMPANY NAME Bids may be delivered or mailed, but must arrive by June 8, 2012 by 5:00 p.m. No faxes or emails will be accepted.



PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency on behalf of the Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne RESA School Foodservice Consortium (The MOR Consortium) is requesting proposal for: RFP: #12-008-256 Food and Nonfood Supplies Distribution, Storage and Management of Commodity, Commercial Pricing. Sealed bids are due by 12:30 PM localtime on June 11, 2012 to the purchasing office. All documentation for this bid is located on the Wayne RESA web site at: http://www/resa.net/services/purchasing/rfp

The Board of Directors of Faxon Language Immersion Academy 28555 Middlebelt Road Farmington Hills, MI 48334 (866) 606-2721 A Hearing shall be held by the Board of Directors of Faxon Language Immersion Academy for the purpose of obtaining public comment on the proposed operating budgets for 2012/2013. The Hearing shall be held on June, 6, 2012 At 12:00 p.m.

Faxon Language Immersion Academy 28555 Middlebelt Road Farmington Hills, MI 48334 A copy of the Proposed Budget, and Minutes of the Meetings of the Board of Directors are available at: Faxon Language Immersion Academy 28555 Middlebelt Road Farmington Hills, MI 48334 Any person with a disability who needs accommodation for participation in this meeting should contact Lorilyn K. Coggins, Board Liaison Officer at (866) 606-2721 at least 5 days in advance of the meeting to request assistance.

ADVERTISEMENT TO BID PROPOSALS ARE INVITED FOR a contract to provide school security to Covenant House Academies’ three (3) Detroitbased high schools (7600 Goethe, 48214; 2959 MLK Jr. Blvd., 48208; and 1450 25th Street, 48216) for a 2-year period, beginning with the 2012 - 2013 school year. Covenant House Academies are year-round schools with security services starting July 16, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013. The bid contract is for a twoyear period. Bids will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30th, at 2959 MLK Jr. Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208. No bids will be accepted after this time.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Work to include general school security at three alternative high schools, grades 9 – 12, Monday – Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., including opening and closing the buildings daily. PROJECT MANAGER: Youth Vision Solutions, Inc. Covenant House Academies c/o Stan Childress, Superintendent 2959 MLK Jr. Blvd. Detroit, MI 48208 Phone: (313) 463-2007

School security companies desiring to bid shall demonstrate the following qualifications: at least 5 years’ experience in high school security, and possess any licensing or certification(s) as may be required by state or local law. Insurance: general liability, with Youth Visions Solutions, Inc., Covenant House Academies and Covenant House Michigan named as additional insureds. Worker’s compensation insurance also required. Bid packs will be available by contacting Kathy Atkin @ (313) 463-2606 or katkin@covenanthouse.org. The owner reserves the right to waive any irregularity in any bid or reject any or all bids should it be deemed in its best interest. The successful bidder will be required to comply with all applicable federal and state laws, including federal laws governing equal employment opportunity.

DETROIT LAND BANK AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) is seeking Proposals from qualified and experienced entities for the following services: RFP # 05-001-2012: Professional Videographer and Promotions Consultant It is the DLBA’s intention to solicit proposals from as many Proposers as are interested, to evaluate submissions, to verify all information supplied and select the most responsive proposer(s). This Request for Proposal (“RFP”) is being issued by the Detroit Land Bank Authority in its capacity as a Sub-recipient for program administration of the acquisition, rehabilitation and preservation, and redevelopment of NSP-eligible properties that will meet the HUD NSP Federal funding requirements including but not limited to; land banking of foreclosed units; and redevelopment of vacant and/or blighted properties throughout the approved NSP target areas. The above referenced Request for Proposal (RFP) will be available beginning on Monday, May 21, 2012 from the Detroit Land Bank Authority, 65 Cadillac Square, Suite 3200, Detroit, MI 48226, and Telephone (313) 9746869 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The solicitation package can also be obtained online at www.detroitlandbank.org. The Contracting Officer for this solicitation is Mr. Aundra C. Wallace, Executive Director. The RFP will contain information regarding submission requirements and selection criteria. Complete Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. (EST), Wednesday, June 6, 2012. The DLBA reserves the right to accept Proposals deemed to meet the requirements of the RFP, waive any irregularities, reject any or all Proposals, request written clarification of any information or statement included in the Proposals, or re-advertise for new Proposals.

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The City of Detroit, through the Planning & Development Department is proposing an Amendment to the 2008 HUD Consolidated Plan for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP 1). The purpose of the amendment is to assist in facilitating changes in restructuring the NSP 1 program. Specifically, the activity changes reflect a modification in the budgets of the six eligible activities displayed below. The Department has determined that this allocation distribution will best meet the needs of Detroit citizens: Activity Acquisition Administration Demolition Disposition New Construction Rehabilitation Total

Current Amount $ 2,661,157.00 $ 4,713,769.00 $ 16,000,000.00 $ 4,200,000.00 $ 4,578,000.00 $ 14,984.764.00 $47,137,690.00

Proposed Amount $ 2,661,157.00 $ 2,191,618.00 $ 18,000,000.00 $ 4,200,000.00 $ 4,578,000.00 $ 15,506,915.00 $ 47,137,690.00

P&DD is soliciting public comment regarding the above-reflected changes. The public comment period begins on May 18, 2012 and will continue through June 1, 2012. Comments can be sent to NSP@detroitmi.gov or mailed to:

Planning & Development Department NSP Comments 65 Cadillac Square, Suite 2300 Detroit, MI 48226 Approval of the above is subject to authorization of the Detroit City Council. Notice of Non-Discrimination: The City of Detroit does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, age, handicap, sex or sexual orientation. Complaints may be filed with the Detroit Human Rights Department, 1230 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Detroit, MI 48226

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May 23 - 29, 2012

Online Media Specialist

at Oakland University Communications & Marketing Department

This position will coordinate and execute new media enhancement to OU’s website, including video project management, production and implementation; social media coordination; and mobile technology support, with aim of more media-rich and brandcohesive recruitment and retention initiatives. Minimum qualifications require a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in the areas of journalism or writing, marketing, and video production. One year experience in non-profit or higher education online communications. This is a full-time, administrative professional position. Salary up to the low $40s annually. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by June 1, 2012. Must apply online for this position to: https://jobs.oakland.edu.

The Metropolitan Detroit Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Racial Inequality seeks an Executive Director. The Metropolitan Detroit Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Racial Inequality (Commission) was seated in November 2011 as part of a two-year project to examine racial inequality and segregation in the Detroit region. For further information about the Commission and the entire posting, visit www.miroundtable.org The Commission seeks a full-time Executive Director for approximately 18 months. The ideal candidate is a dynamic, highly-motivated individual who is knowledgeable about the economic, social, political and cultural dynamics of the Detroit region, both historically and currently. Salary range 56k-64k full benefits and fringe commensurate upon experience. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references of individuals who are willing to provide letters of recommendation via email or U.S. postal mail to: Metro Detroit Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Racial Inequality c/o Stacey Stevens Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion 525 New Center One 3031 West Grand Boulevard Detroit, MI 48202-3025 sstevens@miroundtable.org 313-870-1500 The deadline for consideration is May 30, 2012.

Office of Inspector General

Title: INSPECTOR GENERAL The Detroit City Council is seeking highly qualified applicants for the newly created appointive position of Inspector General. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the City of Detroit. The appointment term is six (6) years. Salary range is $63,400 - $140,500.

DUTIES (Include but not limited to): • Investigate any public servant, City agency, contractor or subcontractor providing goods and services to the City, and any person or business entity seeking contracts

QUALIFICATIONS: • Minimum, bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning • At least ten (10) years of experience in any one, or combination of, the following fields • As a federal, state or local law enforcement officer • As a federal, state or local government attorney, including public defender • As a federal or state court judge • Progressive supervisory experience in an investigative public agency similar to an inspector general’s office • Managing and completing complex investigations involving allegations of fraud, theft, deception and conspiracy • Demonstrated ability to work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and the judiciary • Knowledge of • 2012 Charter of the City of Detroit and applicable State law • City of Detroit’s Ethics Ordinance • Current investigative practices, tools, and techniques used in the investigation of public corruption, waste of government assets, abuse of public trust, and fraud and self-dealing in government All submissions must include a resume and one professional writing sample. A cover letter will not be considered as a professional writing sample. Photocopies of advanced degrees or certifications must accompany all submissions. All information must be submitted at the time you submit your application and must be received not later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2012.

Mail requested information to:

The Detroit City Council Research and Analysis Division 2 Woodward Ave.; Ste. 216 Detroit, MI 48226 Attn: Inspector General Employment Application Or e-mail to DavidW@detroitmi.gov

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May 23-29, 2012

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‘The Great Camper Gear Up’ Summit Sports Inc., a Bloomfield Hills-based outdoor recreation and sports retailer, announced it is partnering with Skyline Camp of Almont, Michigan, this summer to help outfit young campers with sleeping bags and backpacks. The company will accept donations of gently used or new child and adultsized sleeping bags and hiking or school backpacks at its three store locations (Brighton, Keego Harbor and East Lansing). Donations will be accepted through Saturday, June 30. All donated items should be in good, usable condition and be free of rips and tears. Donations should also have functioning zippers. Skyline Camp will dis-

tribute the sleeping bags and backpacks to its campers in need throughout the 2012 camping season. The collection coincides with the launch of the Summit Sports’ expansion into lightweight camping gear for backpacking and kayaking in its Brighton and East Lansing shops.

Lapeer County near Almont on 156 acres of rolling hills with hardwood forests, Skyline is a haven from city life and its routine stresses of everyday life. The camp welcomes and serves campers from a diverse cross section of backgrounds and geography with a special emphasis on those in need.

(810) 227-6877 Summit Sports-East Lansing 2650 Grand River Avenue (517) 332-4000

“Michigan has almost every type of camping available and there is a real need to help kids create summertime memories and experience nature,” said Steve Kopitz, CEO of Summit Sports.

Anyone donating will receive 10 percent off their entire purchase of camping equipment, one transaction per donation per day.

Summit Sports- Keego Harbor

“We’re glad to be in a position to help.”

Drop-off locations:

To learn more about the donation program, please call or come into a Summit Sports location.

Accredited by the American Camp Association and situated in southern

No purchase is necessary to donate.

1390 Walton Blvd (248) 650-5300

Summit Sports-Brighton 8180 Grand River

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