GR’s FTCH Opens Macomb Twp. Office

GRAND RAPIDS — Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc., a full‐service civil engineering, architectural engineering, environmental and construction management firm, says it has opened a new office in Macomb Township.

The office is located at 46600 Romeo Plank Road, Suite 3, and the phone number is (586) 412-1406.

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AT&T Expands 4G LTE In More Of Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. says it has expanded its high-speed 4G LTE network into several new areas in Michigan.

AT&T says it’s expanding its coverage in Saginaw, Midland and Bay counties. And there were expansions in northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula as well.

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Saginaw Valley, Indian Biz School Set Sustainability Summit

UNIVERSITY CENTER — Saginaw Valley State University will host an international conference on business sustainability Tuesday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Sept. 26.

SVSU’s College of Business and Management is partnering with Shri Ram College of Commerce, the business school of the University of Delhi, India in organizing this conference on SVSU’s campus.

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Benton Harbor, Nest In Smart Appliance Alliance

BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool appliances are about to get smarter.

The Benton Harbor appliance giant Whirlpool Corp. announced it is
participating in the “Works With Nest” program of the smart home device manufacturer Nest Labs.

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Lansing’s Hatching Celebrating First Anniversary

LANSING — On Wednesday, June 25, the monthly pitch competition called “The Hatching” will celebrate its first anniversary at Beggars Banquet in East Lansing.

The competition was created by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, the capital region’s economic development agency; Spartan Innovations, a Michigan State University research spinout accelerator; and the New Economic Opportunity Center, a Lansing business incubator.

The Hatching is a monthly networking event and contest for budding
entrepreneurs to experience pitching — and developing their ideas into working, local businesses.

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Advanced Photonix Stock Sale Leads To New Loan Deal

ANN ARBOR — Advanced Photonix Inc. announced amended lending agreements with Silicon Valley Bank and Partners for Growth after the successful underwriting by the Los Angeles investment banking firm B. Riley & Co. of 6.2 million shares of API common stock, giving the company $2.9 million in new capital.

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Mitsubishi Rolls Out New In-Vehicle Infotainment System

NORTHVILLE — Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Inc. has introduced a new audio-video bridging system for automotive interiors called FlexConnect.

The company said the infotainment system provides flexibility for multiple displays and multiple content streams, allowing passengers to enjoy individual entertainment preferences.

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LTU Gets $300K Grant For Diversity In STEM

SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Technological University has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for curriculum development that will increase diversity and equity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

LTU was one of 20 universities and colleges nationwide — and the only one in Michigan — to receive the three-year grant through the AAC&U initiative, called Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES).

The initiative will support curriculum and faculty development activities to develop models for broader institutional change for the advancement of evidence-based and culturally competent teaching in STEM, particularly in the computer and information science domains.

“It is critically important for higher education to find ways to increase success in STEM fields for both women and all students from underserved communities,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. Continue reading LTU Gets $300K Grant For Diversity In STEM

Quicken Tops, Secure-24 No. 11 On ‘Best Places to Work in IT’ List

DETROIT — For the second consecutive year, the nation’s best place to work in technology is not in Silicon Valley, New York or Austin, but in the growing tech hub of Detroit.

Quicken Loans has earned the No. 1 ranking on Computerworld
magazine’s 2014 ‘Best Places to Work In IT’ list in the large company
category, marking the fifth time in 10 years the nation’s second largest retail mortgage lender has been named No. 1 in the benchmark employee survey.

Meanwhile, among small companies, the Southfield-based IT
operations, application outsourcing and cloud computing provider
Secure-24 Inc. earned the No. 11 spot. Last year, Secure-24 was
rated No. 57 among all companies, before the list was split into larger
and smaller businesses.

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Arotech Gets $36M Order For Training Program

ANN ARBOR — FAAC Inc., part of Arotech Corp.’s Training and Simulation Division, has received an engineering change order from the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) valued at $36 million.

OIf the order, $20.4 million is funded, with an additional $15.6 million
in options.

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