Greetings! We hope you enjoy our October 2016 Newsletter!
BDC's Annual Fall Event 

Monroe County BDC held its fifth annual fall event entitled "Focus on the Future" September 29. The key note speaker talked about plans for the new Gordie Howe International Bridge.

The event was held at DTE Energy's Monroe Power Plant and was attended by 67 leaders and manufacturing business heads.

Andrew S. Doctoroff, special projects advisor to Gov. Rick Snyder shared that half of the 673 parcels of property needed in Detroit have been acquired. Commercial vehicle transportation is expected to increase 128 percent, and with that ... old and new businesses are sure to reap benefits.

The completion of the bridge is anticipated in 2020. Mr. Doctoroff mentioned that Canada is financing 100 percent of the project. He also said, “I think the bridge is going to be amazing,” and “It’s going to be a symbol of something very significant.”

Aaron Domini, senior planner and partner with OHM Advisors, spoke about his work with the committee preparing a strategic redevelopment plan for the I-75 corridor that details economic opportunities around the Monroe County area. “It is a pretty important corridor. Outsiders coming through don’t know it’s here.” Mr. Domini spoke about how much Monroe County has to offer.

Steven Hoft, Manager of Natural Gas Analytics, DTE's Gas Storage & Pipelines, gave an update on the Nexus Pipeline which will link the Appalachian Region in Ohio to Michigan and beyond. The $2.1 billion project is being funded by DTE Energy and Spectra Energy. It covers 255 miles and more than 6 miles of that will run through Monroe County.

Mr. Hohf said that this project will create 150 jobs in Monroe County and provide $10 million in labor income. It is expected to be completed in 2017. 

Joe Bellino and Dr. Kojo Quartey from Monroe County Community College took the stage and presented to Baker's Gas & Welding Supplies, Inc. the MCCC Business & Industry Supporter of the Year award. 

We wanted to thank of our guests for attending and hope all left with a bit of information to make them feel good about Monroe County and its future! Special thanks to our speakers and sponsors ... DTE Energy and Nexus Gas Transmission!

We want to extend a "special thank you" to Alice Murphy of Bedford Public Schools, Garry Markle & Alice Decant of Spiratex Company, Parmeshwar Coomar & Cameron Albring of MCCC, Jennifer LaDuke & Bill Ferrara of Monroe County ISD, Sara Griffin of Jefferson Schools, and BDC's Charlene Page and Tim Lake for their hard work and dedication to this project! 

Help Us Help You ...
This year, the BDC implemented a Business Survey for Monroe County. The purpose of this survey is to gather data on local business needs so that we may identify relevant services based on the responses and gauge the general business climate of the county.

If you have not already taken our survey, please take about 5 minutes to complete it. The survey questions are general in nature about your company, operations and workforce needs. The survey can be accessed via the button below and should be completed in one setting since the incomplete survey cannot be accessed again at a later time. Your responses will be held in confidence and used only for the purposes stated above.

Please help us help you!
Things Worth Noting ...

>  On November 17, the Greater Ann Arbor Region invites interested stakeholders to learn, share, and connect! This event will include a regional stakeholder gathering to learn about the projects completed in the region and to discuss future priorities, a networking lunch, and a special session on preparing our communities for connected and autonomous vehicles. Click here, to learn more and register for the Regional Stakeholder Gathering!

>>  Your help is needed to support this year's Robotics Competition, the STEM initiative in Monroe County!  One of Michigan's regional qualifying events for FLL Robotics will be held at Monroe High School on Sat., November 19.  This event is hosted by our local high school robotics team, FIRST Team VIRUS 3547, which is generously supported by the Monroe County Community College and the Monroe County ISD. In order to make this event a success for the hundreds of participating third through eighth graders, we need professionals such as yourself to volunteer as judges. 

If you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions, please contact William Hite at william.hite@monroeisd.us.

  >>>  Did you know??

Regarding Income and Expenditures ...

Households in Monroe County earn a median yearly income of $57,749.

48.00% of the households earn more than the national average each year.

Household expenditures average $55,211.00 per year.

The majority of earnings get spent on Shelter, Transportation, Food and Beverages, Health Care, and Utilities.
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Tim Lake  |  Charlene Page  |  LuAnn Hogberg