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In Dragline’s Bucket

 We start by drawing comparisons between traditional marketing and how web sites are improperly designed and maintained by Michigan’s heavy construction industry. There’s a strong tendency to rely on the “old ways,” which can still work, but are expensive and limited in scope. On the other hand, while Internet based marketing is often compatible with contemporary needs, it works poorly if ineptly deployed. As for our country’s surface transportation infrastructure, the federal program could run into real trouble if the U.S. Senate doesn’t act this week. There’s a solid risk it won’t. Finally, we remember Momma, as we offer an insight on why a mother in the Traverse City area hasn’t endorsed her son’s run in the August 5th primary for the Republican nomination for the Michigan Senate.  Go To Dragline

MSU Seeks Help In Designing Breslin Center Renovations

Michigan State University says a search has begun for an architect and a construction management firm in an effort to renovate its Jack Breslin Student Event Center.  Full Story

Chippewa Offer Details On Huron Township Casino

Last week the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians provided more information on its plans for a second new casino. Last month it filed an application with the U.S. Department of the Interior to take land for its proposed Kewadin Lansing Casino. But it also did the same for in Wayne County’s Huron Township.  Full Story

Farmington Schools Considers $131.5 Million Plan

Following three months of committee meetings, the board of education for Farmington Public Schools has been given a recommendation for proposing a $131.5 million school bond program for voter approval on the May 2015 ballot.  Full Story

Detroit Looking For Environmental Services Consultant

Last week the Detroit Economic Development Corporation issued a request for qualifications and proposals for environmental services for its Mt. Elliot and Chene Park Development sites.  Full Story

Next AGC of Michigan Golf Classic Arrives August 26th

The Golf Classic outing of the Associated General Contractors of Michigan is to be conducted on Tuesday, August 26th, at the Inn at St. John’s Golf Club in Plymouth. Full Story

Andrew Spencley, Superintendent, Passes Away

A retired carpenter foreman and superintendent for Erickson-Lindstrom Construction, Flint, died last week at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.  Full Story

Hilton Suites Hotel Slated To Rise In Jackson County

Bohgi Patel, who opened a Holiday Inn near I-94 and Airport Road in Jackson County’s Blackman Township, has said he’s planning on building a Hilton extended stay hotel about 800 feet from it.  Full Story

A 5th Bond Joins November Michigan School Proposals

The Michigan Department of Treasury has again added another school bond proposal to its slate for the November 4th ballot, bring the total up to five. The new entry comes from Romeo Community Schools.  Full Story

Wyandotte Studies Proposal For Bishop Park Marina

A committee with ten members has been formed in Wyandotte for the proposed development of a transient marina at Bishop Park.  Full Story

MSHDA Releases Money For Blight Removal Work

The Community Development Division (CDD) of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has announced six recipients will receive Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) grants. The $2.55 million awarded in the first round will help finance blight demolition and senior housing construction in Berrien, Calhoun, Genesee, Ingham, and Kalamazoo counties.  Full Story

Building Connections For Scouting Arrives Sept. 18

The tenth annual Building Connections networking event benefiting the Boy Scouts of America, Great Lakes Field Service Chapter, is arriving on Thursday, September 18th, in conjunction with the Construction Association of Michigan.  Full Story

Traverse City’s Uptown Riverfront Gets Ready To Start

The approval of approximately $2.6 million in block grant funding and tax capture last week will enable the development of an $11.8 million riverfront housing development in downtown Traverse City.  Full Story

GM Considering Expansion Of Lansing Delta Assembly

General Motors has disclosed it has applied for an industrial property tax abatement in support of a proposed $37 million expansion of its Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant.  Full Story

Wal-Mart Superstore Proposal Wins In Circuit Court

Last week Judge William C. Mariette, for the Muskegon County 14th Circuit, upheld the Whitehall Township planning commission’s site plan approval for a Wal-Mart retail complex.  Full Story

Novi Town Center Scheduled For A New Addition

During last week’s meeting of the Novi Planning Commission a developer — Novi Town Center Investors — provided preliminary site plan and stormwater management plan for a 7,108 square foot new building proposed for the Novi Town Center.  Full Story