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Flagstar Strand Theatre announces donor wall design competition

The newly renovated Flagstar Strand Theatre in Pontiac, Michigan is accepting artist proposals to design  an original work of art for the theater that will also function as a  donor recognition installation.  The Flagstar Strand Theatre is a dynamic live performing arts venue with a history that dates back to 1921.  The restored theater proudly acknowledges the heritage of Pontiac's talented jazz artists and musical gatherings from the 1930's through the 60's and incorporates  repurposed materials from the  former Pontiac Central High School in its reconstruction.  With ardent admiration for the city of Pontiac's musical and creative roots, the Flagstar Strand Theatre carries on to create a new legacy of arts and entertainment.

The commissioned donor wall will be installed in the theater's main foyer, facing the front entrance and greeting visitors as they enter.  All mediums will be considered, including those requiring a light source.  The design must take into consideration the public's ability to walk within close range of the wall and should extend no more than one foot out from the wall.  The design must also include the capability to  add donor names as necessary after final installation.

The dimensions include one large central wall, 10.14 ft. wide by 10.92 ft. tall.  In addition, there are two side panels, each measuring 3.6 ft. wide by 10.92 ft. tall.  The project does not necessarily need to fill up all of the space.  The commissioned design will receive an award of $10,000 for the fabrication and installation of the final project. 

Please include as much detailed information as possible in the design proposal.  Drawings, sketches, or computer generated designs should include descriptions of colors, dimensions, and materials.  Files must be sent as JPEG or PDF files, no larger than 2MB.  Label each attached document with the artist's last name, first name and design title.  Please include a brief narrative description of the proposed design and information  about the artist(s): CV, website, web links or images of similar previous work.

All design proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on November 1st.  For further information and to submit a proposal, please send an email to info@flagstarstrandtheatrepontiac.com

Ford C3 grant to Lawrence Tech aims to cut affordable housing cost in half

Lawrence Technological University has received a $25,000 Ford College Community Challenge grant that could revolutionize the production of affordable housing – starting with one new home in Pontiac.
 
The grant will help fund the construction of HOUSE02, a proof of concept home that will use the techniques developed over the past two years by LTU architecture professors Scott Shall, Jim Stevens, Ayodh Kamath, and Brian Oltrogge, and LTU architecture graduate students.
 
The goal is to build a home at a cost of $50 to $65 per square foot. That would put the cost of a modest, 1,000-square-foot home at $50,000 to $65,000 – not the $110,000 to $150,000 achieved through traditional construction methods, Shall said.
 
The techniques will make it more likely for affordable housing to attract financing on a large scale, as well. For a video of Lawrence Tech students and faculty discussing this issue, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8demrSIp0R0&feature=youtu.be.
 
The LTU professors and students worked with Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County on the research.
 
In addition to the Ford grant, an anonymous philanthropist has donated $6,000 and a city lot in Pontiac for the construction of HOUSE02.
 
“We’ve been working with students and professionals to figure out how digital fabrication can more rigorously inform the building delivery process used to make affordable housing,” Shall said. “Through our research, we have found ways to use computer simulation, digital fabrication, and products such as structural insulating panels and reclaimed material to reduce the cost and environmental footprint of affordable housing, as well as the time required to build the home.”
 
The Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3) is a grant competition launched in 2008 when Ford Motor Company Fund reached out to its national network of colleges and universities and invited them to compete for grants based on local sustainability projects. Ford C3 works with partners in higher education that are focused on the critical areas of business, design and engineering. Ford C3 is designed to use school and company resources in creative ways, challenging schools and students to design projects that address pressing community needs and make more relevant connections with students. Ford C3 differs from many traditional college grant programs by requiring significant student input, involvement and leadership from beginning to end. As a result, winning proposals have a distinct student perspective on what it means to have a sustainable community. Ford C3 is an educational initiative of Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. More details about the program and previous winners can be found at https://www.fordblueovalnetwork.org/ford-college-community-challenge.
 
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.
 
About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community and global partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life is free, interactive, hands-on safety training focused on skill development and driving techniques, while addressing inexperience, distractions and impaired driving. Innovation in education is encouraged through Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Next Generation Learning and other innovative programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. The Ford Volunteer Corps enlists more than 30,000 Ford employees and retirees each year to work on local projects that strengthen their communities and improve people’s lives in more than 40 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.
 
About The Ford College Community Challenge
Through the Ford College Community Challenge, Ford Motor Company Fund aims to support colleges and universities as they work with students to design and develop tangible community projects that address critical local needs in new ways, with a focus on helping the community become a more sustainable place to work and live.

Moceri Cos. to Invest $1.2B in senior luxury communities in Southeast Michigan

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Moceri Cos., an Auburn Hills-based custom home builder, is investing more than $1.2 billion over 10 years to add new luxury living communities to The Blossom Collection — a group of living spaces across southeast Michigan for those 55 and older.

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Oakland County's CISO captures top IT award

Oakland County’s Chief Information Security Officer Chris Burrows is Michigan’s IT Professional of the Year, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. That’s according to Michigan Government Management Information Sciences (MI-GMIS) who bestowed the award on Burrows. The award recognizes outstanding individuals who advance and support the use of technology within government to improve efficiency and customer service.

“Oakland County is consistently ranked among the most digitally-advanced counties in America by the Center for Digital Government,” Patterson said. “Chris is an integral part of the team that has helped Oakland County stay on the leading edge of developments in IT. He truly deserves this award.”

Burrows joined Oakland County in 2013 bringing more than a quarter century of experience from the private sector including in risk management, information security, and IT operations. In a few short years, he has created Oakland County’s first IT risk and security program. Plus, he helped implement CySAFE, a free IT risk assessment tool Oakland County makes available to other governments and businesses in the cloud. CySAFE has been downloaded in all 50 states.

Burrows also has provided leadership and guidance as a security advocate for other Michigan counties seeking to build or enhance their IT security including Washtenaw, Wayne, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe. He is working with local universities including Oakland University and Walsh College to help them identify relevant content for their cyber security programs. In addition, he is creating his own course called “Current Issues in Cyber Security” which he will begin teaching at Walsh College.

“Chris is an outstanding addition to our IT Department at Oakland County,” said Deputy County Executive and CIO Phil Bertolini. “His innovative thinking, leadership, and willingness to help all those in the government, university and business communities make him worthy of this award.”

Burrows, 45, lives in Commerce Township with his wife Heather and two children. He holds a MBA from Lawrence Technological University, BSBA from Central Michigan University, along with numerous technical certifications including a CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional).

For more information about MI-GMIS and the IT Professional of the Year award, go to MI-GMIS.org.
 

The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham opens new hospitality space

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The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham has opened its new luxury event space, The Clancy Room, which can be reserved for group dining, private meetings, and intimate gatherings.

The Clancy Room, formerly The Corner Bar, occupies 2,000 square feet and features an art deco style interior with marble floors, wood-paneled walls, glass chandeliers, and a flexible floor plan, which can cater up to 150 guests.

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Q3: Automation Alley announces key hires, invests in tech startups

Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology business association, today announced its Q3 activities and results, which included attracting an international company to Southeast Michigan and two new investments to support growing technology startups in the region. In addition, Automation Alley saw major staff changes in Q3, including a new executive director and chief operating officer, as well as other key hires and promotions to support its shift towards helping companies navigate the changes involved with Industry 4.0.

Automation Alley international tenant company Cosworth Group, of Northampton, U.K., announced it is investing $30 million in a Shelby Township facility. The high-performance engine technologies firm recently moved on from Automation Alley’s International Business Center. The center, located inside Automation Alley Headquarters in Troy, Mich., provides 90 days of soft-landing space for foreign companies to use as a home base while exploring opportunities to do business in Southeast Michigan. Since 2011, Automation Alley has attracted 18 international companies to the region.

On the entrepreneurship front, Automation Alley made two significant investments in Q3, including $5,000 in TSP Enterprises, the Farmington Hills-based creator of a portable cargo management system, and $32,000 in Blackbourne Worldwide, a Sterling Heights-based hacking intelligence company. To date, Automation Alley has invested $9.09 million in 58 local high-tech companies. Now managing these investments will be Dom Holmes, who was recently promoted to manager of entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition to overseeing Automation Alley’s investment portfolio, Holmes is responsible for managing Automation Alley’s 7Cs™ program.

Automation Alley’s 7Cs™ is open to Southeast Michigan early-stage or second-stage advanced manufacturing companies seeking accelerated commercialization of their products, services or technologies. The program guides entrepreneurs through a customized seven-step process that includes intense coaching and a firm commitment from Automation Alley to invest resources and capital, taking companies from concept to commercialization.

Other key Q3 staff changes include the promotion of Tom Kelly from COO to executive director, replacing Automation Alley’s longtime leader Ken Rogers. Pavan Muzumdar was named as the organization’s new COO. Both moves are in line with the organization’s strategy to help local companies navigate Industry 4.0 technologies. Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution, represents the convergence of digital and physical technologies currently disrupting the manufacturing industry, such as the Industrial Internet of Things, autonomous robotics, additive manufacturing, big data, cybersecurity, cloud computing and modeling, simulation and visualization, among others.

To begin that process, Automation Alley is launching a new committee structure, comprised of
members and regional thought leaders who will develop a strategy to help small and medium-sized manufacturers adopt these technologies.

“By joining one of our Industry 4.0 committees, individuals will have the opportunity to influence our programs, position their companies alongside other key players in our region and potentially shape the future of technology and manufacturing,” Kelly said.

Industry 4.0 and the changes ahead will be the focal point of Automation Alley’s 16th Annual Awards Gala, to be held Oct. 14 at the Detroit Yacht Club. Sheryl Connelly, Global Trends and Futuring, Ford Motor Company, will keynote the event. To register, visit automationalley.com/awardsgala.

Also coming up is Automation Alley’s trade mission to Mexico, Oct. 16-21. Following that mission, Automation Alley will be seeking company participants for its trade mission to the Paris Air Show in June of 2017. For more information or to register, visit automationalley.com or call International Business Services Manager Lisa Lasser at 248-457-3283 or email lasserl@automationalley.com.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is Michigan’s leading technology business association, connecting businesses with talent, resources and funding to accelerate innovation and fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy. Since its founding in 1999, the nonprofit has grown to include nearly 1,000 tech-focused members in businesses, education and government. Automation Alley focuses its efforts in five areas: advanced manufacturing, defense, entrepreneurship, international business and talent development. For more information, visit automationalley.com.  

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