economic development

Mount Pleasant becoming a virtual reality therapy destination

Most people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) will experience a condition known as ataxia, which effects motor coordination.  Ataxia can affect a person’s gait, create difficulty in coordinating arm movements, reduce manual dexterity and cause problems with … Continue reading

With Ilitch’s new stadium district proposal, Detroit redevelopment comes full circle

Mike Ilitch’s proposal for a $650 million mixed-use commercial district, including a new multi-purpose arena for the Detroit Red Wings, should put it in bold for the world to see: We’re witnessing the unfolding of a remarkable and exciting era … Continue reading

Dan Gilbert’s planned new retail, parking complex another step toward critical mass in Detroit

The news that Quicken Loans founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert plans to construct 33,000 square feet of new retail space in downtown Detroit is great news and further evidence of the solid momentum under way in the city. The new … Continue reading

Buy Michigan Now Festival lends helping hand to state’s economy

For its fourth year, the Buy Michigan Now Festival is taking place in downtown Northville this weekend, Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 5. The festival, which works to revitalize Michigan’s economy one product, purchase and person at a time, … Continue reading

Blues’ Traverse City sales and service center office to move to city center

In recent years, the Blues have made major investments in Michigan’s core cities by moving employees to downtown Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit. Now, we’re about to do it again Up North. In October, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of … Continue reading

One year in, Live Downtown program helping transform Detroit

A year ago today, I joined with the leaders of four other companies to announce Live Downtown, a program to help strengthen Detroit by offering financial incentives to employees to live in the central city. The five original Live Downtown … Continue reading

Lansing headquarters of Accident Fund takes starring role in ‘Under the Radar Michigan’

Accident Fund Holdings, a workers compensation company and wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has added new vitality to downtown Lansing since opening its headquarters in a former abandoned power plantin 2011. The company’s efforts to … Continue reading

Blues on the Radio: the Live Downtown Games, UV safety and more in July

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is pleased to collaborate with its four Live Downtown partners (Compuware, Quicken Loans, Strategic Staffing Solutions and DTE Energy) to bring the first Live Downtown Games to life in downtown Detroit. The daily events, … Continue reading

Relocating employees downtown reflects huge momentum swing for Detroit, RenCen (with slideshow)

The completion this week of our BLUnite project, which unifies 6,400 employees in our expanded downtown Detroit campus, was about many things: It puts an exclamation point on Blue Cross’ commitment to this city for the long term, and we … Continue reading

Blues CEO Daniel J. Loepp on Detroit: ‘Best I’ve seen in probably 30 years’

Blues President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp is attending the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference this week on Mackinac Island, where he stopped in for an interview with MiVote.org and journalist Christy McDonald. In the video interview, Loepp discusses … Continue reading