Ottawa County Working On Broadband Initiative

HOLLAND — The Ottawa County Broadband Committee is partnering with Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program, Connected, to come up with a plan to improve access to high-speed internet in the county.

The initial step to developing a comprehensive, countywide plan will consist of a short survey for residents, businesses, agriculture producers, healthcare facilities, and schools. This is an effort to reassess the broadband landscape following a decade of work.

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FCA Drive for Design Winners Show The Dodges Of 2047

AUBURN HILLS — Long, flowing shapes accented with razor-sharp edges, inlets and exits that tap into cooling airflow with minimal drag, and wheels sized to leave little room for anything else – these are the design keys for Dodge three decades from now.

Three talented high school students from Georgia, Delaware and Michigan have earned top honors in the 2017 Drive for Design contest, sponsored by the FCA US Product Design Office. The contest, in its fifth year, challenged high school students across the United States in grades 10-12 to design a Dodge vehicle 30 years in the future.

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Exports The Aim Of Michigan Firms At Paris Air Show

LANSING — Business leaders from 10 Michigan companies will travel Tuesday to the International Paris Air Show Le Bourget to meet with prospective partners, distributors and customers with the aim of increasing export opportunities within the aerospace sector.

The seven-day trade mission is led by Automation Alley in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s International Trade Program.

Said MEDC CEO Steve Arwood: “The 10 companies participating in the Michigan Booth at the Paris Air Show exemplify the broad range of manufacturing, engineering, and intellectual talent contributing to the global aerospace supply chain, and this show is an excellent opportunity to showcase those products and technologies.”

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SVSU to use Dow grant to prepare ‘chief science officers’

UNIVERSITY CENTER — Saginaw Valley State University hopes to send students back to their K-12 schools to serve as leaders and “chief science officers” when the new school year begins in the fall.

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Volcano Structure: Crystals Make It Less Clear

HOUGHTON — Forget the hot, red blob that so many of us drew under the cone of a volcano in eighth grade science. Magma chambers are chemically and physically complex structures that new evidence suggests may be cooler than expected.

Volcanologists are gaining a new understanding of what’s going on inside a shallow magma reservoir that lies below an active volcano, and they’re finding a colder, more solid place than previously thought, according to new research published June 16 in the scholarly journal Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.aam8720). It’s a new view of how volcanoes work and could eventually help volcanologists get a better idea of when a volcano poses the most risk.

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Ricoh Japan Signs Dealership Agreement With Dearborn’s EnvisionTEC

DEARBORN — The Dearborn-based manufacturer of desktop and full production 3D printers EnvisionTEC announced it had signed a dealership agreement with The Ricoh Japan Co., Ltd., part of the imaging and electronics company based in Tokyo.

Beginning later this year, Ricoh Japan will begin selling 3D printers, materials, training and support in Japan through its agreement with EnvisionTEC GmbH, the German arm of EnvisionTEC’s global family of companies.

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Liquid Web appoints former GoDaddy exec to board

LANSING — Liquid Web LLC, a $100-million managed hosting provider, announced the appointment of Jeff King to the company’s board of directors. King brings more than 25 years of technology leadership experience to his seat on the board.

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Battery Seminar Coming To Ann Arbor

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The San Diego battery industry consultant PlugVolt LLC will hold its 2017 Battery Seminar July 18-20 at the Hilton Garden Inn Ann Arbor, 1401 Briarwood Circle.

The event will feature experts from automotive and grid power storage manufacturers, industry suppliers, and battery manufacturers.

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AT&T Upgrades Network In Southeast Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. says it has upgraded its wireless network within southeast Michigan.

The improvements include adding greater capacity or bandwidth and speeds to cell towers within Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Lapeer and Washtenaw counties.

The bandwidth upgrades were made in the following communities within these counties:

* Lapeer County: Lapeer

* Macomb County: Eastpointe, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Warren (three sites)

* Oakland County: Berkley, Birmingham, Farmington Hills (two sites), Highland Township (two sites), Madison Heights, Novi, Rochester, Southfield (two sites) and Troy

* Washtenaw County: Ypsilanti

* Wayne County: Livonia, Plymouth, Detroit (two sites), Dearborn Heights (three sites)

Earlier this year AT&T also announced a nearly 100-site bandwidth expansion within southeast Michigan. And in May the company announced a 60-site upgrade.

“Our Michigan employees are focused on bringing a better mobile experience to southeast Michigan and across the state,” AT&T Michigan President Jim Murray said. “Our investment in the local wireless network is one way we’re accomplishing that. We’re seeing increased data usage across our mobile network, especially at big events. In fact, data on our mobile network has increased about 250,000 percent since 2007, and the majority of that traffic is video.”

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Herman Miller Rolls Out Connected Office Furniture

HOLLAND — The furniture manufacturer Herman Miller Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR) has rolled out Live OS, a new line of cloud-connected office furnishings.

Live OS includes an app and dashboard to offer data-based insights to help understand employees’ ever-changing needs in the workplace. With the launch of Live OS, Herman Miller extends its traditional product offering to include this subscription-based service.

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