12:58 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

LEAP official: City holds companies accountable with development agreements

Dorshimer says most competition over corporate location occurs between regions of the state and regions of the country rather than between municipalities.
Credit Courtesy - Lansing Economic Development Corporation

Today we look at how economic incentives are used in the Lansing area. There is fierce competition out there among cities and communities, not just in Michigan but across the country, to attract new businesses that will bring jobs and economic growth. This competition often gives companies the upper-hand when asking for tax abatements and other incentives from local taxpayers. But just how much should Lansing give up in tax revenue for, say, 1000 new jobs? And once that deal is made, how are the numbers tracked to see if, indeed, those new jobs have materialized? What are the consequences if they don’t?

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10:56 am
Fri May 9, 2014

The risks and rewards of unpaid internships

Dr. Phil Gardner

As the university school year winds down, many students are preparing for summer unpaid internships, hoping to improve their employability.The practice of not paying interns has become increasingly widespread.

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3:53 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Michigan Jobless Rate Hits 9%

Michigan’s unemployment rate has edged upward for the third month in a row, hitting 9 percent.

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12:43 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Sequestration's potential impact on Michigan workers

About 500,000 manufacturing jobs were lost in Michigan during the recession.
Credit Wikimedia commons

In a recent opinion piece in the Lansing State Journal CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works Doug Stites wrote that the 20%  funding cuts to his agency come at a critical time when efforts to retrain Michigan workers for in-demand jobs is extremely important.  At the same time, a number of taxpayers are skeptical of the publicly funded agency's work.

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5:15 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Michigan Jobless Rate Jumps As More People Look For Work

Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate jumped slightly to 8.7% as more people are competing for jobs.

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4:12 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Michigan Monthly Jobless Rate Remains At 8.4% In May

Michigan’s monthly jobless rate remained unchanged from April to May at eight-point-four percent.

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5:47 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

MI Jobless Rate Dips In October

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Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate dipped slightly in October, and is down almost a full point from where it was at this time last year. It’s still higher than the national average. 

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2:30 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Careers In Sight, 'Millennial' Students Explore Lansing

Michigan College Students Tour Lansing's Accident Fund Co on Tuesday
Courtesy Michigan Colleges Foundation

Some Michigan college students with doubts about staying in the state are reconsidering Lansing.

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6:17 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Snyder: Michigan Needs to Educate More People for Skilled Trades

Rick Pluta MPRN

Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan and the rest of the country lost sight of the value of vocational training as young people were encouraged to get four-year college degrees.

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2:07 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

New Order Helps Young Undocumented Immigrants

Lansing DACA applicant Ramiro Estrada (left) with supporters including Father Fred Thelen (right) at Cristo Rey Church.
Mark Bashore WKAR

A new presidential order is giving many young, undocumented immigrants in mid-Michigan a shot at legal temporary employment.

The "DACA" program, or "‘Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals," took effect Wednesday. The Obama Administration order applies to young undocumented immigrants who arrived here before the age of 16.

Ramiro Estrada arrived in Lansing as a 12-year old.  He would like a job to continue his college education in nursing.        

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6:32 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Enviro Group: MSU Study Shows Economic Benefits of More Renewable

imma morgueFile

An environmental group says Michigan's economy would get a boost if it relied more on renewable energy sources.

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12:00 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Recent College Grads Hope to Acquire Critical Skills in Detroit

WKAR file photo

A new program is offering talented college grads the chance to learn entrepreneurialism on the front lines. It also aims to help perk up job creation in some of America’s most economically challenged cities, including Detroit.

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6:17 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

State Figures: Mich. Retains More Veteran Teachers

WKAR File Photo

State figures say Michigan schools are retaining more of their veteran K-12 educators, leaving fewer job openings for newcomers.

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12:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

‘E-Pathways’ Designed to Close Lansing Area I-T Workforce Gap

Despite the noticeable strengths of Lansing’s economy, a number of employers struggle with a shortage of qualified I-T workers.  Increasingly, information technology jobs go unfilled for weeks and months.  Employers and job-seekers alike are hoping a new, multi-million dollar skills initiative—E-Pathways--will help close the gap. 

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12:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Turkey Visit Sparks Unexpected Activity at EL’s Prima Civitas

 delegation of East Lansing-based economic developers recently returned from an encouraging visit to Istanbul.  

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