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Bath to welcome new sports bar and grill

Twenty-year Army veteran James Maddix Jr. hopes to build a field of dreams in Bath by melding a popular diner with an adjacent bar to form the new 3rd Base Sports Bar and Grill.
According to excerpts from the article:
"Maddix plans to turn the 1,600-square-foot bar into a baseball diamond with white base lines on a floor covered with green carpet squares that resemble AstroTurf. A rebuilt bar will occupy one corner."
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Lansing airport's expansion into foreign trade a long-term process

The Capital Region International Airport is working to establish the DeWitt Township airport as a hub for international trade.

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More than $27 million has been invested in airport infrastructure upgrades since 2005 — roughly $5.8 million from the airport itself and the remainder from grants and other programs. That includes a runway extension and a new U.S. customs station required when Capital Region became an international port of entry in 2008.

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DeWitt Pharmacy preparing new home

A new DeWitt Pharmacy Store is under development in downtown DeWitt.
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The new store, located at 116 S. Bridge St., will be more than 4,000 square feet and is expected to open is spring 2013.

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DeWitt welcomes new chiropractor

A new chiropractor has opened for business in DeWitt.

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“I just kept missing Michigan and I’m glad to be back,” said the DeWitt High School grad whose new clinic, Chambers Chiropractic at 12775 Escanaba, has been open three months.

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Airport area to be 'aerotropolis'

Businesses will now have extra incentive to choose to locate near the airport.

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Local officials can now tout a special tax incentive program as they try to attract a cluster of manufacturing, distribution, technology and other businesses to the Capital Region International Airport area.

The Michigan Strategic Fund board voted unanimously Wednesday to designate the Lansing airport and surrounding land as an "aerotropolis" under the Next Michigan Development program.

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Plans for Lansing aerotropolis program move forward

The City of Lansing and DeWitt Township have made progress on a land-sharing agreement that would pave the way for a Next Michigan Development zone "aerotropolis."

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Under the agreements, the city and township would equally split tax revenues from the Capital Region International Airport property in DeWitt Township. Lansing would take over services such as police and fire.

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City of DeWitt to unveil new vehicle charging station

A free charging station for electric vehicles is now available for use in Downtown DeWitt.

According to excerpts from the article:

The City of DeWitt and the DeWitt Downtown Development Authority are holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new vehicle charging station on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. at 110 South Bridge Street. City officials invites residents to join them as they unveil the station in downtown DeWitt.

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DeWitt bakery receives national award

A DeWitt bakery recently received a prestigious award from the most widely read baking industry publications.

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Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe was one of only two bakeries across the country that received Modern Baking Magazine's 2011 "Leadership Award for Merchandising".

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New assisted living center opens in DeWitt

A DeWitt home has been converted into a 24-hour assisted living facility providing meals, housekeeping services, activities and more for residents.

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When they decided to open an assisted living center at 607 Turner St., Howard and Brenda Green had their work cut out for them.

Now, after a year of preparation, the New Life Assisted Living Center is open for business.

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Lansing, DeWitt Twp. plan to partner on new airport investment zone

The City of Lansing and Dewitt Township plan to form a Next Michigan Development Zone, creating an "aerotropolis" with a cluster of manufacturing, distribution, technology and other businesses surrounding the Capital Region International Airport.

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Local officials hope to spur economic development around Capital Region International Airport through a series of tax breaks and other business incentives.

"In order to compete not just here in Michigan, but with other similar international development programs around the country, we've got to have an incentive package that enables us to recruit businesses to our region," said Bob Selig, executive director of the Capital Region Airport Authority, which oversees the airport

The state in December approved legislation to allow up to five of these zones to offer a variety of tax advantages to companies located there, such as property tax abatements or Renaissance Zones that eliminate most state and local taxes for a certain period.

In order for a company to take advantage of the program, it would have to be a new venture or an expansion of an existing one. It couldn't simply transfer operations from another site.

The Lansing City Council and DeWitt Township board should discuss the issue in the next 30 to 60 days, said Rodney Taylor, DeWitt Township's manager.

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Why The Capital Region Is A Great Place To Be An Entrepreneur

According to Doug Stites, of Capital Area Michigan Works!, entrepreneurship is possible for nearly everyone, and the Capital region is emerging as a great place for people to start a new business, take risks and seek out their passion or innovative idea. 

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Entrepreneur Magazine named East Lansing one of the top 10 college towns to start a business, CNN Money named Greater Lansing one of the 50 most business-friendly cities.

And most recently, well-known financial news organization Kiplinger's named Lansing one of the top 10 cities in the country for young adults.

Incubator space such as the East Lansing Technology Innovation Center, NEO Center and the Hatch is making it easier for individuals with great ideas and solid business plans to put it in action without needing much capital to start.

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Auto Suppliers Prepare for GM Employee Boost of Up to 1,000 Workers

Local auto suppliers are preparing for GM’s plan to hire up to 1,000 workers in April by strengthening their own workforces.

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The additional workers - 450 to 525 combined at Ryder Logistics, JCIM and Android Industries - are needed as GM prepares to add a third shift of 900 to 1,000 workers in April.

The shift is needed because production of the Chevrolet Traverse crossover - made in Spring Hill, Tenn., until November 2009 - is being brought to the Delta plant. Two sister crossovers - the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia - are already made there.

GM is filling spots at the assembly plant with transferred workers from Spring Hill and laid-off workers from the Lansing Grand River assembly plant and elsewhere. But suppliers are hiring new workers.They typically are paid from $12 an hour to $15 an hour, said Doug Stites, CEO of local work force development agency Capital Area Michigan Works.

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State Housing Agency Rolling Out New "Pure Michigan Living" Campaign

Issue Media Group, the parent company of Capital Gains Media, is working with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to launch the “Pure Michigan Living” campaign, a site designed to draw positive attention to the state.

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“’Pure Michigan Living’ is dedicated to sharing the quality of life stories in Michigan communities, stories about individuals moving their families and businesses to Michigan,” said Joe Borgstrom, a Division Director with MSHDA. “It seeks to raise the visibility of new economy opportunities in Michigan, to highlight the people who are choosing Michigan as a place to live, shaping what is next for our state.”

To help draw attention to the site www.puremichiganliving.com, which is inspired by Travel Michigan’s national award-winning Pure Michigan campaign, MSHDA and MEDC officials are hosting a weeklong online rally that invites state residents to tell their “Why I Choose Michigan” stories. Entries will become eligible for three randomly selected weekend getaway packages at Michigan resorts and hotels. The packages are being donated by the resorts and hotels. The goal is to collect at least 1,000 entries during Jan. 26-Feb 1. Winners will be randomly selected and will be announced the first week in February.

Two randomly selected entrants will win either a “Two Night Mountain Getaway Package” donated by Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa of Thompsonville or a “Downtown Detroit Getaway” donated by the Westin Book Cadillac.

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Innovations and New Developments Mark Bright East Lansing Economy in 2009

2009 was a good year for the Capital region, which welcomed several important economic investments including the $550 million FRIB facility, the Technology Information Center (TIC) and IBM’s move to East Lansing.

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While Michigan felt the pain of the highest unemployment in the nation, the bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler, a tanking housing market and a sharp slowdown in commercial sales, East Lansing could point to the following developments:

1.) FRIB, okay, Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. The $550 million Department of Energy-funded nuclear physics research facility will be a science facility dedicated answering complex questions about the structure of matter, about the stars, about basic elements on our plan, event how the planet came into existence.

Its practical benefits, as well: $1 billion economic impact over the first decade, 180 new jobs for scientists, 5,800 one-year construction jobs, 220 spin-off jobs.

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CATA Using $1.7 Million to Assess Michigan/Grand Avenue Transit Options

The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) is using $1.7 million in federal funds to determine how to improve public transportation through the region’s main business corridor.

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The money was made available to CATA in February, and the Michigan/Grand River Transportation Study Group was formed four months later. It's goal is to figure out what the business corridor could become.

"What we're looking for here: Is there a better way to handle transportation in the corridor, making it more attractive?" said Jon Coleman, executive director of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.

About 1.5 million people use CATA public buses in the Michigan/Grand River corridor each year. That represents more than 13 percent of CATA's ridership in the area.

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