Michigan’s Amazing People

Yesterday, we featured Kid Rock not only for his love of Detroit and Michigan, but for his giving spirit.  Do you know someone that is giving back?  If so, send us an e-mail at michiganisamazing@michaelflora.com and tell us about them.  It can be an individual, young or old, businesses large or small – anyone that is doing their part to make the community or a person’s life better.

Please tell us about your nominee and include your contact information in case we need more details.

We are going to begin featuring upstanding and outstanding citizens and businesses and would like all of the Michigan Is Amazing fans to tell us who is amazing to you.

Let all of your friends know, too!  Let’s celebrate all of the amazing people in this great state!

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Kid Rock Gives Back

Kid Rock’s love for Detroit and Michigan has always been apparent, but this past Saturday at his 40th birthday bash at Ford Field, Detroit showed its love for Kid Rock by presenting him with the Spirit of Detroit Award.   In true Rock style, he returned the favor by announcing $25,000 donations to each of these Metro Detroit charities, COTS, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Haven and Rainbow Connection.

North American Auto Show

It is that time of year again…time for car enthusiasts from around the world to visit Detroit to get a glimpse of the latest and greatest autos.  This year, more than 500 vehicles will be on display.

The auto show runs from:

Saturday, January 15 – Saturday, January 22, 2011 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (no admittance after 9 p.m.)
Sunday, January 23, 2011 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (no admittance after 6 p.m.)

Tickets:
Adults: $12 per person
E-Tickets: $12 per person
Any Day Pass, Group Ticket: $8 with a purchase of 30 tickets or more
Seniors: $6 (65 and older)
Children: $6 (7-12 years old; 6 and under free with a parent or guardian)

Parking for the 2011 NAIAS is available in the following lots:

Joe Louis Arena
900 West Jefferson
Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Cobo Roof Deck
625 West Congress
Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Millennium Garage
432 West Congress
Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Detroit People Mover
The Detroit People Mover provides rail transportation throughout Detroit. People Mover Stops are usually a short walk from most parking lots and Cobo Center/NAIAS 2011 is one of the stops on its route. The cost is 50 cents per person.

Has the Michigan Job Market Turned a Corner?

A lot of Michigan folks we’ve talked to recently say they feel like things are starting to get better.  Maybe it’s because they are.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Michigan is now creating more jobs than it’s losing.  Slate has provided a nifty little animated map to show how the job market has been morphing since 2007.  Red stands for job losses and blue, job gains.  The animation gets pretty scary looking as it passes through 2009, but when we get to present the picture is a lot more positive.

You really have to see the map in action to appreciate it, go to the page now and click, the green “Play” button.  Then, keep your eye on Michigan.

Slate map:

http://labs.slate.com/articles/slate-job-map-updated/

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/